Sasha Frere-Jones Is Writing a Book About Michael Jackson


So says the man himself. Given the inevitable avalanche of tawdry quickie bios already in the works, you can expect this one to be a bit more thoughtful, a bit classier, a bit… shorter. “It’s going to be a short book,” he promises, and for this too we are grateful. Further insight:

I want to leave the controversy behind: the vitiligo and the drugs and Blanket and Paris. I am interested in what he did that was different, how he recontextualized the past, how he changed the rules. This is a guy who grew up in a factory system, created his own system, and then had to deal with the fallout.

A good match, this. Certainly you can say that MJ employed a bit of swing, some empty space, and palpable bass frequencies.