The destruction and creation of Michael Jackson

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Bloomsbury Academic,, New York, United States:, p.1 online resource (viii, 376 pages) : (2022)

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(OCoLC)fst00920130, (OCoLC)fst01099238, (OCoLC)fst01119301, (OCoLC)fst01742988, African American celebrities., bicssc, Biographies., BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY, Biography., bisacsh, Célébrités noires américaines., Chanteurs, Entertainment & Performing Arts., États-Unis, Fame, fast, Individual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups., Media Studies., Musiciens rock, Rock musicians, Rock musicians., Singers, Singers., Social aspects., Social Science, Sociology, Sociology., United States


Includes bibliographical references and index.Introduction: Destruction and Creation: Timeline 1 -- 1. Pact with the Devil -- 2. Ticket to Ride -- 3. Nothing Strange about Your Daddy -- 4. Prisoner of All Those Around Him -- 5. Yesterday's News -- 6. Through the Eyes of a Child -- 7. With Walt Disney or Michelangelo -- 8. A Nightmare -- 9. In Aladdin's Cave -- 10. Whatever Reality They Want -- 11. Shifting the Needle -- 12. From His Sexuality to His Face -- 13. True or Not, It Didn't Matter -- 14. Wearing Different Masks -- 15. Prophets of Black Conservatism -- 16. Nothing Was the Same After -- 17. Phantasmagorical Bubble Machine -- 18. Without the Grit of Reality -- 19. The Wand -- 20. Old Soul in a Young Body -- 21. In This Good Land of Ours -- 22. Close to the Threshold of Hell -- Destruction and Creation: Key Players -- Playlist -- Bibliography -- Index"However people remember Jackson, no one can deny that, in cultural terms, Jackson remains a compelling subject: an icon of the late 20th century, he reflects not only the changes in the circumstances of the African American population, but changes in white America. Jackson was idolized, perhaps even objectified into an extraordinary being for whom there were no established reference points in whites' conceptions. This book posits that Jackson was a creation of, at first, American and, later, global culture at a time when it seemed desirable, if not necessary to exalt a Black person on merit. America had become a society in which someone of Jackson's indisputable genius not only can, but must, rise to the top"--Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on July 12, 2022).