On Michael Jackson

From the publisher:

Michael Jackson: provocateur, icon, enigma. Who was he, really? And how does his spectacular rise, his catastrophic fall, reflect upon those who made him, those who broke him, and those who loved him? Almost ten years on from Jackson’s untimely death, here is Margo Jefferson’s definitive and dazzling dissection of the King of Pop: a man admired for his music, his flair, his performances; and censured for his skin, his erratic behaviour, and, in his final years, for his relationships with children.

Lily recommends:

Margo Jefferson is the queen of cultural criticism. The details she homes in on in this remarkable book can be exquisite and excruciating. Re. child stardom: 'The longing for a prime you've been past for most of your life.' (You should also read Margo's memoir Negroland.)

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