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Or his entire career? Say, as a courtesy. Just saying.
and I have to say that I thought it really suffered (well, it was shit for all sorts of reasons) from ignoring virtually everything post-Dangerous (Thriller Live is a bit of a daft name, they don't focus on the album that much). I mean, I am quite old, and do sort of remember Dangerous coming out, but TBH the MJ that I grew up with was the weirdo of the 1990s and he was a popular, colourful musician who still made (some) good songs, it feels very wrong that people just gloss over that whole period.
And my take on it was to wonder whether the changes in technology and media attitudes in the years since MJ first appeared would prevent anyone becoming simultaneously so famous and so intriguing again.
What fuelled the levels of hysteria surrounding Jackson was largely how mysterious and enigmatic a figure he was. For all his fame, he kept himself largely shut away and, barring the obvious catastrophic PR disasters he was involved in throughout the later years of his career, tantalised people with a lack of knowledge. It was the music, and him, and comparatively little of the kind of Hello! style 'full exposure' popstars are exposed to these days.
I wonder whether it was that mystique that enabled him to mean so much to so many people -- would a pop star appearing now even have the chance to allow their career, music and public persona to develop organically when every corner of the media is screaming for every tiny detail about their lives? The best pop music has an aura of inscrutability about it - something that Jackson obviously had in droves. Say what you like about Lady Gaga, but any popstar endlessly covered by and constantly courting with the press strips themselves of a large part of that mysterious appeal, and can just come across as a contrived try-hard.
This is speculation on my part, it'd be interesting to know what other peoples' take on it is...
except for the fact that you could never claim that MJ's career had anything organic about it
1. sing like he could
2. dance like he could
3. write songs like he could
you'd be famous. The freak occurrance of being a genius at all three is unlikely to happen again, and that's leaving aside the completely different way music is consumed these days