Sasha Frere-Jones Is Writing a Book About Michael Jackson

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So says the man himself. Given the inevitable avalanche of tawdry quickie bios already in the works, you can expect this one to be a bit more thoughtful, a bit classier, a bit... shorter. "It's going to be a short book," he promises, and for this too we are grateful. Further insight:

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I want to leave the controversy behind: the vitiligo and the drugs and Blanket and Paris. I am interested in what he did that was different, how he recontextualized the past, how he changed the rules. This is a guy who grew up in a factory system, created his own system, and then had to deal with the fallout.
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A good match, this. Certainly you can say that MJ employed a bit of swing, some empty space, and palpable bass frequencies.


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