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The Resistible Demise of Michael Jackson (Zero Books) Paperback – 28 Nov 2009
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Fresh, allegation-free perspectives on Jackson's life provided one of the year's best books: The Resistible Demise Of Michael Jackson is a collection of essays edited by Mark Fisher, who reckons "only Elvis managed to insinuate himself into practically every living being's body and dreams to the same degree that Jackson did." ... Tom Ewing... posits that much of the singer's later work "sounds like multiple drafts of the same song, a crushed and frightened attempt by a desperate man to get the pain out". With no jokes about Bubbles, and only sadness that he ended up with a "permanent Pierrot-grimace sneer", this is a fine attempt to reclaim Jackson's reputation from the tabloids. --Bob Stanley, The Times
The new anthology of reflections on Jackson's life and work put together by Mark Fisher makes a hugely worthwhile counterweight to the many rush-released cash-in titles published in the indecent aftermath of his death. --www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2009
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Mark Fisher is highly respected both as a music writer and a theorist. He writes regularly for The Wire, frieze, New Statesman, and Sight & Sound.
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Also, and a huge problem with a book like this, is that the contributors seem to get a lot of facts wrong, and always end up doing the same thing, which is looking at MJ through a prism of sensationalist headlines.
The tone is sombre throughout, except for the woefully misjudged and embarrassingly unfunny essay by Chris Robert which stands out like a sore thumb for all the wrong reasons.
Some essays stand out and generally have something interesting and fresh to offer, like Ken Hollings' and Reid Kane's efforts. However most are written by stuffy old men it seems, all focusing on the same aspects of Jackson's life and unsurprisingly coming up with the same answers. Yes, he had too much plastic surgery and yes, he seems to have had problems with his ethnicity, but that's hardly news is it? What about the music? There's very little discussion of it here, other than to trash his later records.
So, a wasted opportunity all in all, I'm afraid. A shame, as I really thought that this was going to be a level-headed and interesting way to look at the subject from a fresh angle, and on that level it fails miserably.
Scan through it though, and there are things worth uncovering. I would say that a good half a dozen essays here are well written and thought-provoking. A shame that they couldn't all be like that.
This book is laughable - any one who has done any inkling of research into Michael will be there with a red pen marking off all the inaccurate and lazily thrown together ideas for who he was and what happened in his life and will be there with a book that looks like there's been a massacre.
Do so many people really believe that everything about Michael is known via the tabloids and that the reality of his life was just that? It's as though the idea of researching or fact checking any opinions is considered moot because people assume all there is to know about a celebrity is known (via tabloids), so the only thing left to add are some really pretentious poncying about what many psychiatric disorders people who never met him are sure he suffered from.
I read passages and wondered what on Earth he was trying to get at and why he couldn't understand that the reason the things he assigned to Michael didn't seem to play out was because they were just that: things assigned to him. I'd find a book about why so many people project their own motivations onto Michael far more worthy than what went on here. I wonder if people ever realize that the reason none of this supposed "freakishness" came out in his music is because it was only something that was added on to him by other people? That the reason he never sang songs questioning his gender, sexuality, queer pride, blah blah whatever transgender thing someone's decided must have gone on with him because why else would he have lived like he did, is because it wasn't something he was going through, only something the author wants him to have gone through? I mean, there are many simple explanations to some of the silly things projected here: Michael had vitiligo and discoid lupus (confirmed at autopsy), Michael's nose was attached to him at his death (confirmed at autopsy), his lupus resulted in many complications to the scarring of his nose jobs and he needed repeated work to have it fixed. How do I know this? Two doctors who looked over his medical records have confirmed this. Why did he wear make up? To cover up his skin. He didn't wear make up in private. Why did he wear wigs? Because of his discoid lupus - which results in hair loss, as well as the damage done by all the weaves he had to cover the Pepsi burn. It wasn't because he wanted to be female, it was because he wanted to look normal.
This book is a pretentious overly wrought mess.
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Mark Fisher's essay has a propulsiveness about it that took me back to Melody Maker and NME at their best.Read more