- Category: Culture
- Created on Thursday, 25 June 2009 18:06
- Written by Mike Ely
His songs are part of the soundtrack of our lives -- a fusion of irresistible talent with Motown soul and funk and disco and....
It is impossible to quickly comment on the passing of Michael Jackson -- even though, in many ways, it feels like he's been gone for many years. There is no way to simply sum up all the complex skeins of his life and work. What we can do is simply create this space for people to comment, discuss and remember.
Michael Jackson was never someone associated with political activism or rebellion. But he certainly lived at many sharp intersections of race, gender, narcissist celebrity culture, intimate abuse and alienation, tabloid-hyped controversy, and remarkable artistic creation.
There is inevitably much to say about him. I suspect this will be a place where there are very divergent views to share.
[Note: It is not possible to embed youtube videos (the embedding is disabled on his videos). But they are easily found here.]