MJ Studies Today for July 2021 looks at Michael Jackson’s 3D film Captain Eo made by the Disney Corporation for screening in its amusement parks commencing 1986. Kerry Hennigan looks at the film in the context of its being an opportunity for Jackson to combine his love of Disney and his love of film, in particular films like Star Wars and E.T.
The latest appeal by one of Michael Jackson’s accusers was dismissed by the court on 24 April 2021, but the legal battle to fully reinstate Jackson’s integrity continues, as discussed by Kerry Hennigan in this month’s MJ Studies Today column. The Jackson Estate are suing for public arbitration with HBO on the latter’s four-hour television film that, in 2019, threatened to put an abrupt end to Jackson’s legacy as an entertainer and humanitarian.
MJ Studies Today, April 2021 continues the discussion of Brice Najar’s publication Book on the Dance Floor: Let’s Make HIStory in the Mix which was previously the subject of our February 2021 column. In his book, Najar interviews numerous Michael Jackson collaborators on the King of Pop’s “Blood on the Dance Floor” remix album and brings to light little-known details of Jackson at work in the studio, on his “Ghosts” short film, and on tour.
This month’s MJ Studies Today column looks at the making of Michael Jackson’s album “Blood on the Dance Floor” as explored in the recently released book by Brice Najar, titled “Book on the Dance Floor: Let’s Make HIStory in the Mix”. The focus here is on some of the album’s newly recorded and previously unreleased songs that are too often neglected by music critics when discussing Jackson’s catalogue. Najar’s meetings and interviews with some key personnel involved in these recordings afford greater appreciation of these unique tracks, more of which will be addressed in a Part 2 article at a later date.