It doesn’t happen often that a teen without any music records to her name features in Rolling Stone. Yet Paris Jackson, daughter of the late King of Pop, graces the magazine’s February 2017 cover. Her striking semi-religious portrait reflects the artistic vision of David LaChapelle (1963). Here’s a closer look at some of the symbolism and imagery LaChapelle may have used.
Imagine you’re part of a Vogue photo shoot with Michael Jackson. Tightly wrapped around his body, your sleek, shining curves catch the light and make people wonder who you are. Or rather, what you are. But that doesn’t bother you. After all, you’re a piece of art. You’re the Tangle Museum Chrome.
Stigma is like a hungry wolf, someone once wrote. Two people who knew all about being stigmatized were AIDS activist Ryan White and pop legend Michael Jackson. When their roads of life converged in the late 1980s, they recognized the other’s need for friendship and acceptance. Today, on World AIDS Day, the battle against HIV/AIDS prejudice continues. It’s a fight that’s far from over.
What do you do when you’re a rising pop star ‘in between’ two albums? You help out your friends recording next door. That’s what Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, did in the early eighties after he finished Off The Wall (1979) and before he released Thriller (1982). Helping out as a background singer, Jackson’s vocals brightened many a song, ranging from pop to reggae and from funk to country. Here are five tracks from those magical ‘background’ years.
Some songs reveal their timeless beauty as time progresses. One composition that fits this description is Michael Jackson’s ‘Stranger in Moscow’. Jackson’s beatboxing, the ominous sound of whistling and the lyric melody make the ballad as haunting today as it was exactly two decades ago when it was first released. Despite the dire circumstances in which the song was written, ‘Stranger in Moscow’ is a testimony to Jackson’s courage and will to overcome adversity.