Chas Newkey-Burden

Michael Jackson – Legend

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Tina Rask Nielsenhas quotedlast year
As befits a man of his enormous stature and legacy, to research a book about the life of Michael Jackson is a mammoth, overwhelming task. Thank you so much to the usual suspects for their support and encouragement, particularly Chris Morris and Lindsay Davies. Thanks, too, to Ilona Jasiewicz for her meticulous editing.
Numerous books have already been published about the life of Michael Jackson, each with their own appeal and strengths. J. Randy Taraborrelli’s Michael Jackson: The Magic and the Madness brilliantly reflects the long-term access Taraborrelli enjoyed with the Jackson family and others associated with the story. It is a fine work and proved a particularly helpful source in my research, along with the other books listed in the bibliography
Voracious Readerhas quoted2 years ago
‘Michael was and will remain one of the greatest entertainers that ever lived.
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Michael Jackson was my musical God. He made me believe that all things are possible, and through real and positive music, he can live forever. I love Michael Jackson. God bless him.’
— Wyclef Jean
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‘Just as there will never be another Fred Astaire or Chuck Berry or Elvis Presley, there will never be anyone comparable to Michael Jackson. His talent, his wonderment and his mystery make him legend.’
— Steven Spielberg
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I am so very sad and confused with every emotion possible. I am heartbroken for his children, who I know were everything to him, and for his family. This is such a massive loss on so many levels, words fail me
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He upped the standard.’
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I’ve lost my little brother today and part of my soul has gone with him.’
— Quincy Jones
‘There will never be another talent like Michael Jackson. He was the first live performer I ever saw. I got to see him at Madison Square Garden when I was eight. If not for him, I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing. He gave me joy as a child and showed me the way to go. He was music, period. May you rest in peace, sweet Michael. You gave us all you had to give.’
Voracious Readerhas quoted2 years ago
I’m absolutely devastated at this news. I just don’t have the words. Divinity brought our souls together and allowed us to do what we could do through the 80s. To this day that music is played in every corner of the world, and the reason is because he had it all – talent, grace and professionalism.
Voracious Readerhas quoted2 years ago
Let us remember him for his unparalleled contribution to the world of music, his generosity of spirit in his quest to heal the world, and the joy he brought to his millions of devoted fans throughout the world. I feel blessed to have performed with him several times and to call him my friend. No artist will ever take his place. His star will shine forever.’
— Mariah Carey
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He was an extraordinary friend, artist and contributor to the world. I join his family and his fans in celebrating his incredible life and mourning his untimely passing.’
— Brooke Shields
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Michael Jackson was easily as influential as James Brown, and that’s saying a lot. He was the Fred Astaire of his time.’
— Alice Cooper
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He has been an inspiration to multiple generations and I will always cherish the moments I shared with him on stage and all of the things I learned about music from him and the time we spent together.’
— Justin Timberlake
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‘We have lost a genius and a true ambassador of not only pop music but of all music.
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‘The incomparable Michael Jackson has made a bigger impact on music than any other artist in the history of music. He was magic. He was what we all strive to be…I love you Michael.’
— Beyoncé Knowles
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Barack Obama
‘When I think of him, I think of this young boy, this teenager I first met. He was a great teenager, optimistic and adorable. I’m having a million different reactions I didn’t expect I would feel. He was a great singer – God gives you certain gifts, and this child was just an extraordinary child touched by this ability. He could sing like nobody else and he was able to connect with people.’
— Cher
Voracious Readerhas quoted2 years ago
‘There are certain people in our popular culture that just capture people’s imaginations. And in death, they become even larger.’
Voracious Readerhas quoted2 years ago
We went back about thirty-five years. Michael Jackson made culture accept a person of colour way before Tiger Woods, way before Oprah Winfrey, way before Barack Obama. Michael did with music what they did in sports, in politics, and in television. No controversy will erase the historic impact. Michael Jackson was a trailblazer. He was a historic figure that people will measure music and the industry by.’
— Reverend Al Sharpton
Voracious Readerhas quoted2 years ago
He broke barriers and he changed radio formats. With music, he made it possible for people like Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama to impact the mainstream world. His legacy is unparalleled. Michael Jackson will never be forgotten.’
— Usher
Voracious Readerhas quoted2 years ago
In the hours and days after Michael passed away, those who knew, admired and loved him paid emotional tributes to him as an artist, friend and man. Here is a selection of those tributes…
Voracious Readerhas quoted2 years ago
‘If you enter this world knowing you are loved and leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happened in between can be dealt with,’ he once said. The music of Michael Jackson will be loved forever and in that sense, his legend lives on forever.
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