Monday, November 9, 2009


Musical performance

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009), known as the “King of Pop”, was an American musician and one of the most commercially successful and influential entertainers of all time. His unique contributions to music and dance, along with a highly publicized personal life, made him a prominent figure in popular culture for over four decades.
Alongside his brothers, he made his debut in 1964 as lead singer and youngest member of The Jackson 5 and began a successful solo career in 1971. His 1982 album Thriller remains the best-selling album of all time. He is widely credited with having transformed the music video from a promotional tool into an art form with his songs such as “Billie Jean” and “Beat It”.
In his stage performances and music videos Jackson popularized a number of physically complicated dance techniques, such as the robot and the moonwalk.

Accused of child molestation, rumoured to have paid $20 million to the family of a 13-year-old boy, his career was in ruins. Michael Jackson stopped performing, made no more albums, was no longer a part of the contemporary music scene.

Following a sensational trail that acquitted him of all charges, he decided on making a come back and told the world about his forthcoming concert tour. “This Is it”, he said, “This is the final curtain call." How prophetic.

The show’s producers had in mind to release a DVD of the actual concert along with behind-the-scenes footage of backstage planning sessions and some rehearsals. Unfortunately for the massive following of his loyal fans that is all there is.

Although not intended to be, the film is a wonderful tribute to a man who changed the popular music scene as we know it today, who inspired numerous other artists while also breaking down cultural, racial and generational barriers, who astounded everyone with his innovative choreography and dancing ability even more so than his singing. Is there anyone who has not tried to moon-walk at least once?

The seamless mixing of different rehearsals of the same song is nothing short of amazing. At times dressed in casual street clothes, sometimes in full dress rehearsal these shots are melded together as one continuous performance without missing a beat. Someone spent a lot of time making this happen.

for some suggestive choreography and scary horror film images.

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