The thing about time is that it always seems so long before it’s over and ends up looking conspicuously short once it’s done. In his death Michael Jackson has become a bigger legend that he could ever be when he was moonwalking. It’s a year since the gloved one moved on but strangely it seems like yesterday when the world was shocked by the death of one of the brightest stars. The thing about MJ is that only he could outdo himself and boy did he outdid himself.
Jackson’s life has been the stuff that fables were made of- a child prodigy who bore the brunt of an over-zealous father, a performer who grew bigger than the stage that unleashed him to the world, an artist who could get just about everyone in the music industry to croon to save lives, an enigma who never really understood himself- so was it surprisingly that his death was larger than imagination?
One of the biggest selling recording artists ever, death perhaps has been a blessing in disguise for
Suddenly the man in the mirror bore a different reflection. Did
Michael Jackson was a genius who loved to paint a sorry figure of himself. He reveled in the thought that everyone took pity on him; not that he indulged in such tricks to sell records for lord knows there was never a dearth in the demand of Thriller or Bad or even Dangerous. Just when things couldn’t get any worse
No other public figure has fueled the collective imagination of the people as much as Michael Jackson. A second molestation case, deteriorating fortunes and bad health saw
It had been a long time since
In true Michael Jackson style he became a bigger legend in his death than he could ever be in his life. His death become a pop cultural phenomenon and on the eve of his first death anniversary Whacko Jacko has sold more than 400,000 albums and saw the world download 2.3 billion of his songs! His estate has earned close to a billion dollars this last year compared to the $19 million he made the year prior to his death and let’s not forget the $500 million debt that he was struggling with.
Death has wiped the slate clean for one of the most convoluted artist of our times. A wise man once said that the bad we do stays back long after we are gone but trust Michael Jackson to do it different. Truth be told apart from the dying thing, Michael Jackson is having a pretty darned good year!
This article was written for Buzz in Town.
Do check out a previous post on Michael Jackson.