Episode 45 – Stranger in Moscow

Abstract In this episode, Karin and Elizabeth discuss Stranger in Moscow, the meaning and the symbols in the short film and the lyrics. REFERENCE AS: Merx, Karin, and Elizabeth Amisu. “Episode 45 – Stranger in Moscow ” Michael Jackson’s Dream Lives On: An Academic Conversation 7, no. Read More …

MJ Studies Today XXXV

Abstract: In this month’s column, Kerry Hennigan discusses the importance of remembering to listen to Michael Jackson’s music and watch his videos purely as a fan rather than as a researcher or academic.  She suggests that, with no specific agenda in mind, we are better Read More …

Episode 4 – Michael Jackson and Monochromatic Cinematography

Abstract: In this episode Elizabeth and Karin talk about the function of black and white (monochrome/chiaroscuro) cinematography in the short films, Bad (dir. Martin Scorsese, 1987) and Stranger in Moscow (dir. Nicholas Brandt, 1996). Taking their academic essays on two of Jackson’s most monochromatic short films as source Read More …

From Throne to Wilderness: Michael Jackson’s ‘Stranger in Moscow’ and the Foucauldian Outlaw

In 1993, a horde of Californian ‘police and prosecutors spent millions of dollars to create a case whose foundation never existed’.1 Their fruitless efforts were to incriminate Michael Jackson, a black artist who was the most commercially successful in the world. Jackson, who was in Russia on his Dangerous tour, wrote the song, Stranger in Moscow, in response to the severity of his accusations, the eagerness of the media to sensationalise them and the willingness of the public to believe them. This essay examines how Michael Jackson’s Stranger in Moscow, relates to philosopher, Michel Foucault’s concept of ‘power’.

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