Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson

I know this blog is supposed to be about smashing revered images but with the sad passing of pop icon Michael Jackson normal service has been temporarily suspended.

The first time I heard I Want You Back was in 1970 at school although I was only 12(same age as Jackson) I knew straight away here was something unique and different.Here was a child prodigy and although he went totally la la and a whiter shade of pale, his position as major contributor to popular music is unassailable.I never believed he was guilty of the charges levelled against him and even Roy Masters who is no fan of music expressed similar sentiments.He was more Peter Pan than Pied Piper.

It was always improbable that he would ever make it back on stage in his frail condition to perform his gruelling routines that had made him world famous and financial pressures coupled with dependency on various medications were probably the final nails in his coffin.

Perhaps in mourning his passing those for whom Jackson's music provided some sort of soundtrack to their own lives are really mourning their own lost youth but whatever the case hopefully the undoubted genius will find in death the peace that elluded him in his troubled and strange life.

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