9781623566319

Michael Jackson's Dangerous

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  • ISBN13:

    9781623566319

  • ISBN10:

    1623566312

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 9/25/2014
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Summary

Dangerous is Michael Jackson's coming of age album. Granted, that's a bold claim to make given that many think his best work lay behind him by the time this record was made. It offers Jackson on a threshold, at long last embracing adulthood-politically questioning, sexually charged-yet unable to convince a skeptical public who had, by this time, been wholly indoctrinated by a vicious media. Even though the record sold well, few understood or were willing to accept the depth and breadth of Jackson's vision; and then before it could be fully grasped, it was eclipsed by a shifting pop music landscape and personal scandal-the latter perhaps linked to his assertive new politics. This book tries to cut through the din of dominant narratives about Jackson, taking up the mature, nuanced artistic statement he offered on Dangerous in all its complexity. It is read here as a concept album, one that offers a compelling narrative arc of postmodern angst, love, lust, seduction, betrayal, damnation, and above all else racial politics, in ways heretofore unseen in his music. This record offered a Michael Jackson that was mystifying for a world that had accepted him as a child and as childlike and, hence, as safe; this Michael Jackson was, indeed, dangerous.

Author Biography

Susan Fast is Professor in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University, Canada. Her research interests include representations of gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, constructions of self and other, performance and performativity, and geopolitical violence/conflict in contemporary popular music. She is author of In the Houses of the Holy: Led Zeppelin and the Power of Rock Music (2001).

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Jam: Postmodernism and Black Music
Chapter Two: She Drives Me Wild?: Black Dandyism, Gender and Sexuality
Chapter Three: Heal the World: Children, Charity and Race
Chapter Four: Will You Be There: "Secular" Spirituality
Chapter Five: Dangerous: The Femme Fatale

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