Saturday, June 27, 2009

Michael Jackson: 1958-2009

Regardless of how you felt about his alleged personal life, Michael Jackson left an indelible imprint on the music world and was arguably one of the most influential pop superstars of all time.

Following his passing on June 25, it’s refreshing to see the King of Pop making headlines not for child molestation charges, plastic surgery speculation or other oddities; but for his work as an artist. While I wouldn’t necessarily describe myself as a Michael Jackson fan—I was born after Thriller’s release and never really latched onto the majority of his music as I got older—it’s hard to deny his talent not only as a musician but as a performer and a showman. Thriller ranks among the best pop albums of all time, and his “Thriller” short film, directed by John Landis with makeup effects by Rick Baker, remains the best example of how a music video can be far more than a promotional tool.

To watch “Thriller” and the rest of Jackson’s groundbreaking music videos, visit his official YouTube page.

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