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Out of His Life: Michael Jackson

Report by Barney Hoskyns, New Statesman, August 1984

BY NOW, of course, you’ve been told more than you could possibly want to know about Michael Jackson. Such has been the media saturation of ...

Michael Jackson: Blood On The Dance Floor

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, July 1997

HISTORY IS written by the victors. Or, in our times, is remixed by the fashionable. ...

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Michael Jackson (1980)

Interview by John Pidgeon, Rock's Backpages Audio, January 1980

John Pidgeon, via a 13-year-old Janet, hears from the King of Pop about how he linked up with Motown, learned about the studio, how he sees his future and his defense of disco

File format: mp3; file size: 9.2mb; Interview length: 10' 01"; sound quality: ****

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Michael Jackson: Schmaltz or Genius?

Comment by Roger St. Pierre, NME, March 1972

In his day perhaps they thought Mozart was a hype ...

Michael Jackson: The One Who Got Away

Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, March 1972

THE MOST amazing thing about little Michael Jackson's solo success is how calmly he's taking it all. "I think it's great," is all he says ...

The Jacksons: In Town Tonight

Report and Interview by Robin Katz, Record Mirror, July 1977

On the last night of The Jacksons visit to London, Michael Jackson realised he hadn't seen the sights. Robin Katz (an American of all people) ...

Michael Jackson: Show You The Way to the Infirmary

Interview by Cliff White, NME, July 1977

MICHAEL JACKSON proves you don't have to be a punk to get the benefits of the health service. ...

The Jacksons: Ten Golden Years

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, February 1979

The guys recently celebrated ten years as a headlining act and B&S took the opportunity to talk to them individually and gather their thoughts on ...

Michael Jackson: Michael Jackson's Peacock Music

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, August 1979

INTERVIEWS with Michael Jackson are few and far between. However, after the Jacksons' Platinum Party, at which the whole family was presented with platinum awards ...

Michael Jackson: Michael In Wonderland

Interview by Stephen Demorest, Melody Maker, March 1980

Michael Jackson, "black Sinatra for the Nineties", or just looking for an escape to heaven? STEVE DEMOREST gets to talk to him via Janett [sic] ...

The Jacksons: Off The Cuff

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, March 1981

Stevie Wonder's rival? The black Bambi or just James Bond's scuba diving companion? Mark Cooper looks at the mystery behind Michael Jackson's shades… and finds ...

The Jacksons: The Great Greenland Mystery

Report and Interview by Danny Baker, NME, April 1981

For years scientists have been baffled by The Great Greenland Mystery. What is it that makes Greenland the only territory on earth where The Jacksons ...

Michael Jackson: Thriller (Epic)

Review by Gavin Martin, NME, December 1982

ALMOST FOUR years ago Michael Jackson (ably assisted and abetted by producer Quincy Jones) unleashed the scorching fury of Off The Wall. It was the ...

Michael Jackson: No Angel, But No Osmond Either

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, June 1983

DOWNTOWN BETWEEN the Pacific American Fish Co. and the Hotel St. Agnes Hospitality Kitchen there's an alley. Cars block each end, no escape. And silhouetted ...

The Boy Who Would Fly: Michael Jackson

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, NME, September 1983

I'VE BEEN feeling strange about Michael Jackson since I was 11 years old. I remember lying in bed with a transistor radio the size ...

David Williams: A Slight Case Of No Credit

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, January 1984

Session guitarist David Williams' name was left off Thriller album. ...

Michael Jackson: The Biggest Selling Solo Artist Of All Time

Report by Ian Birch, Smash Hits, March 1984

Quiet out there. Michael Jackson's record company is throwing a party and Ian Birch has got an invite. A few famous folk, dancers in top ...

Michael Jackson: Inside the Jackson Dream Machine

Essay by Mick Brown, Sunday Times, August 1984

IN THE Helmsley Palace Hotel, New York – an establishment whose style is best described as neo-Liberace – the lobby was filling up with Michael ...

Michael Jackson: Bad

Review by John McCready, NME, September 1987

Michael Jackson doesn't live in the real world. I read my Sun and Star every day. I know that the boy from Gary, Indiana is ...

Welcome To The Bad Boy's Island: Michael Jackson: Bad (Epic) ****

Review by Richard Cook, Sounds, September 1987

WESTLAKE AUDIO is a nondescript building from without, a simple whitewashed Los Angeles block. ...

Michael Jackson: Bad

Review by Davitt Sigerson, Rolling Stone, October 1987

MICHAEL JACKSON is a man. Agreed, he is a young man, emotional age about thirteen, with a young man's interest in cars, girls, scary movies ...

Michael Jackson: Bad

Review by Tom Graves, Rock and Roll Disc, November 1987

IF MICHAEL JACKSON is not the most confusing entertainer of our time, you can't blame him for not trying. ...

The Madness of Michael

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, December 1987

"A LOT OF PEOPLE misunderstand me," says Michael Jackson in the spoken intro to his number one hit 'I Just Can't Stop Loving You'. "That's ...

Quincy Jones

Interview by Robin Eggar, Time Out, June 1988

The Jackson and Jones alliance has seen the transformation of a bubble-gum singer into the greatest musical phenomenon of his era. ...

Match of the Fey: Prince and Michael Jackson

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, July 1988

PRINCE BEGGED an interviewer seven years ago: "Just don’t compare me to Michael Jackson." Few could then have guessed there would ever be a need ...

Michael Jackson: Wembley Stadium, London

Live Review by Mat Snow, Sounds, July 1988

A GIANT STEP FOR EVENT-KIND: Bringing his spectacular live show to the UK, MICHAEL JACKSON proves he can moonwalk and walk on water. MAT SNOW witnesses the Second Coming. ...

Prince/Michael Jackson/Luther Vandross: Live at the Capital Centre

Review by Geoffrey Himes, Columbia Flier , October 1988

BOTH PRINCE and Michael Jackson came to the Capital Centre last week for a showdown between the two reigning giants of rock'n'soul. Appearing in the ...

The Day I Went To Michael Jackson's House…

Report by William Shaw, Smash Hits, October 1990

Imagine… you go to Michael Jackson's house, he introduces you to all his animals, you have a cosy chat, a spot of luncheon, go for ...

Sound of Breaking Glass: Michael Jackson's Dangerous

Review by Chuck Eddy, Village Voice, December 1991

HEY, SO HOW COME nobody's compared the fucker to There's a Riot Goin' On? Well, maybe Riot without the cocaine. Or okay, okay, Fresh then, ...

Michael Jackson: Dangerous

Review by Mat Snow, Q, January 1992

Michael Jackson: hip hop and gospel, Slash and God, sublime and ridiculous. ...

Michael Jackson: Normal Rules Do Not Apply

Report by Lloyd Bradley, Q, September 1992

Weird as ever but somehow less intriguing than before, the planet Michael Jackson still spins in its own orbit. His tour arrives in Britain this ...

Michael Jackson: Imitation Of Life

Essay by Ian Penman, Modern Review, The, Summer 1993

Michael the archangel listen/Michael don't you see?/If you are on the side of good/Now where does that leave me?Paddy McAloon, 'Michael'When I was 17 I ...

That's Another Fine Messiah You've Got Me Into

Comment by Johnny Cigarettes, NME, April 1996

John Lennon thought The Beatles were bigger than IT, some people think Elvis is/was IT and Michael Jackson seems to think he is IT. So ...

King of Pap: Michael Jackson: Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield

Live Review by Paul Moody, NME, July 1997

IT'S 5PM on anovercast Wednesday in Sheffield and the Most Famous Man On Earth is late. ...

Michael Jackson: Wembley Stadium, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, July 1997

All You Need Is Glove ...

The Starman Who Fell To Earth: Michael Jackson: Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield *****

Live Review by Paul Lester, Uncut, September 1997

THE MOST FAMOUS performer on Earth has just been introduced, as per protocol, as "the King Of Pop", by the Chief Barker of the Variety ...

Michael Jackson at 40

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, August 1998

I’LL CONFESS I’m shocked that Michael Jackson has reached the ripe old age of 40. More shocked, indeed, than by the fact that Keith Richards ...

Michael Jackson: Greatest Hits – History Volume 1

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, April 2001

ONCE UPON a time, wise critics dubbed Michael Jackson pop's Peter Pan. ...

Michael Jackson: Off The Wall*****, Thriller**** and Bad**** (Epic)

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, December 2001

RE-RELEASED SOLO albums include interviews with Quincy Jones and Rod Temperton plus demos and unreleased tracks. ...

Michael Jackson: Invincible (Epic)**

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, January 2002

Distressingly dull comeback from disputed King Of Pop ...

Michael Jackson: Thrills Before The Spills

Comment by Charles Shaar Murray, Independent, The, December 2003

IT'S THAT PHOTO, the official police mugshot taken when Michael Jackson finally turned himself in to answer charges of child molestation, which looks so scary. ...

Lisa Marie Presley

Interview by Adrian Deevoy, GQ, January 2004

ELVIS NEVER came to England. He touched down at a Scottish airfield in 1960 but not once did the King set foot in the green ...

Ever-So-Slightly Wacko: The Day I Interviewed Michael Jackson (via little sister Janet)

Memoir by John Pidgeon, Rock's Backpages, June 2009

IN JANUARY 1980, the gates of 4641 Hayvenhurst Avenue in Encino were open, unguarded. As I parked, an Alsatian bounded to the car and bared ...

Michael Jackson

Obituary by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, June 2009

The self-styled King of Pop, whose musical gift was overshadowed by his private life ...

Blame it On the Good Times: The Life and Living Death of Michael Jackson

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, New Statesman, July 2009

IN SEPTEMBER 1979, my friend Davitt Sigerson – then a very good white writer on black music; later the chairman of Island Records in America; ...

Michael Jackson: Michael Reinvents Pop

Retrospective by Anthony DeCurtis, Rolling Stone, August 2009

Recorded before he turned 21, Off The Wall made him a superstar — and the most important young R&B artist in America. ...

Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough: Bruce Swedien Remembers the Times with Michael Jackson

Retrospective and Interview by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, Summer 2009

HERE'S IRONY for you: there were several things timed for the release of Michael Jackson's London shows that were to provide testimony to the man's ...

When Michael Was Bad: Michael Jackson: Bad 25

Review by Kate Allen, Rock's Backpages, September 2012

MONDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER marked the 25th anniversary of the release of Michael Jackson's Bad. ...

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