Now that the tabloid hysteria--the wailing and the gnashing of teeth--has died down, isn't it time to recall Michael Jackson in the sober light of dawn? I, for one, want to remember what was truly great about the man--which is essentially everything before the not-very-good Bad.--Barney Hoskyns, Editorial Director, Rock's Backpages
In September 1979, my friend Davitt Sigerson--then a very good white writer on black music; later the chairman of Island Records in America; still later the author of the fine novel Faithful--handed me an advance copy of Off The Wall and said it was going to make Michael Jackson a superstar.
The cover didn't promise much: In his tux and Afro, the winsome kid who'd fronted the Jackson 5 looked about as off-the-wall as a student en route to his high school prom. What difference could this album, recorded after several undistinguished years in the post-J5 Jacksons, make to a career that seemed certain to peter out into the semi-anonymity suffered by so manyRead More »from History And HIStory: Michael Jackson Good And Bad