Sunday, June 5, 2011

"Bottom line: the MJ media caricature is nothing like the artist..."

From Joe Vogel's twitter page;

"I read the AV Club article on MJ's Bad. Hyden starts out with a compelling question: Why the insanely vitriolic response to this album?  But then proceeds to offer most of the same reductive, petty, predictable nonsense that's been written about MJ for decades.

As usual, most of this is mythology, speculation, and pseudo-pscyhoanalysis. I actually interviewed people who worked on this album. They speak of an artist and person who is multi-dimensional: passionate, kind, funny, shy and HUMAN, not a caricature or corporation.

Did MJ want to sell 100 million copies? Yes. But why? That's the question critics never really consider. The assumption is that he was this vain, calculating, materialistic "entertainer" targeting demographics.

The truth is that since he was young, he was told black artists couldn't be the best. He wanted to prove them wrong. He wanted to be the best: commercially AND artistically. He believed in his music and wanted it to reach as many people as possible.

I address all this in my book. Bottom line: the MJ media caricature is nothing like the artist who worked tirelessly on Bad for 3 years."

--- Joe Vogel , June 4,  2011


Man in the Music
JOE VOGEL is the author of the forthcoming book "Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson." For more about this book, please see previous post dated  March 15, 2011.

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