The King is Dead: Lefsetz on the passing of Michael Jackson

They're saying on BBC radio right now that when news of his death started to hit late Thursday, so many search queries for "Michael Jackson" were hitting Google and other search engines, the flood was perceived at first as a malicious automated attack.

Above: my own personal favorite.

Below, words from music industry writer Bob Lefsetz (Twitter, blog) on the passing today of one of the most important pop culture figures of our time.

He missed his childhood and now he's gonna miss his old age.

How fucked up is that?

Michael Jackson never had a chance. He had to succeed for his family, his parents' dreams were dependent upon him.

And a boy with that much pressure delivers. He works truly hard, so he will be loved. That's all Michael Jackson was looking for, love.

He wanted to be accepted. Wanted to be so good that he couldn't be denied. But you can't change family history, and the public no longer treats you as human, as an equal, once you break through. People want to rip you off or tear you down, or shower you in faux love that's more about their unfulfilled desires than yours. It gets so confusing that you retreat.

Read the entire post by Bob Lefsetz here.


  1. The world makes jokes about MJ’s pedophilia for decades and now everyone’s saying “so sad he died so young?” Strikes me as disingenuous.

  2. :-(

    I rarely use emoticons but it’s just so poignant. That was a very good essay. It’s sad that it took his death to really bring out stories of the sympathetic side of Jackson’s life.

    Being weird is no reason for being hated.

    And a life of fame is definitely not for me.

  3. It’s true; being weird is no reason for being hated.

    Being a child rapist is reason for being hated.

  4. #2 he was acquitted of those charges. But people still like to crucify him for it, because they believe its true nonetheless – and they believe its true because he’s weird.

    Apparently being weird is a clear sign of being a child molester in many people’s eyes.

  5. now I don’t mean to be cruel or hateful, but was anyone else disappointed that the cause of his death was so mundane? I mean heart attack? I was expecting something elaborate like a rollercoaster accident or his monkey attacking him or something like that.

  6. How very sad indeed.

    In life he may have only touched children, yet in death he touches us all.

  7. Jackson’s only relevance was that he was an object of derision.

    Now he’s not even that.

  8. If my epistemic standards were those of a bloated and crippled legal process, I would know nothing.

    “That’s all Michael Jackson was looking for, love.”

    And child rape.

  9. #3-He was acquitted of criminal charges in the 1993 case put paid a $25 million settlement (out of court) in the civil case.

  10. The father of the boy who accused Michael of touching his son first spent months trying to pry millions of dollars from Jackson.

    If your boy was assaulted by a pop star, would you
    (choose one or two):

    1. Call the police and get him into court to face charges.

    2. Spend months *not* calling the cops, but first trying to take the man for everything he had, threatening to publicize the charges if he didn’t give up the gold?

    The kid has never given his side of the story. I’ll assume someday, after his dad dies, he’ll tell us what a fraud his father had been.

    If Mike had been a mad child rapist, we’d have heard about the others by now. The only case we have smells like fraud.

    Jackson made one mistake: he settled out of court, and destroyed his reputation because it looked like he was trying to make it go away. If he had given into the blackmail immediately, the father might have left him alone. Perhaps. Doubtful.

    Michael was crucified because he was weird. I’ve not been with any evidence other than the one blackmailer that he had done anything wrong.

  11. The MJ legal story is as fascinating as the OJ story.

    Paying a settlement means we don’t know the details of the settlement. It is not proof of guilt.

    We live in a civil society where every judge knows that guilt in a criminal offence requires proof beyond reasonable doubt. Guilt in a civil suit requires only proof on the balance of probabilities.

    And that’s where the problems start.

    It’s clearly a two horse race:

    (1) You’re a superstar, with every lens in the world on you, you’re childlike and incapable of truly living an adult life, but you realise that everything you’ve been doing will LOOK for all the world like child abuse, so in childish desperation, you do the thing that makes it all stop: you pay (a little bit of your massive fortune).

    (2) You pay to bury the truth, and prevent witnesses / abusees speaking out. By the way – where is their interest in preventing further abuses? They seem to have taken the money and run. Dentists – keep ’em.

    The latter means you’re cunning, deceptive and smart. The former means you’re living in a dream world, can’t face reality, and have no real means of defence.

    So we don’t know, do we? We don’t actually know.

    All we can do is suspect. And if we live our lives accusing others with the hairy stick of our suspicion, we shouldn’t be surprised if that hairy stick is waved at us.

    So park it.

  12. Joekickass – different is not deviant.

    Go find some other catbox to drop your judgements off in.

  13. Editing problems, sorry.
    “I’ve not been presented with any evidence other than the one blackmailer”.

    No father would shake down the rapist instead of calling the police immediately. If the boy was raped, the father should have been arrested himself for not reporting it. Q.E.D. it didn’t happen, or the man was a psychopath.

  14. Go find some other catbox to drop your judgements off in.

    Because this one’s just been filled to overflowing.

  15. Comparing a dance move created by a troubled pop star and the moon landing makes me sad. I understand that the author is comparing them as TV moments, not necessarily “great things humanity has done,” but it still makes me sad. It’s not the first time the distinction between “things that are mildly entertaining” and “things that are of actual importance” has been muddied or ignored, and it certainly won’t be the last, but I mourn the loss of perspective, assuming such perspective ever existed in the first place.

  16. #9 The OJ case was the first thing I thought about.

    Good piece of trivia, James Cameron was casting for the Terminator movie, and his original interperetation of a Terminator was an android who could blend in as an average joe, not some hulking austrian behemoth. He had a few people in mind, and i guess one name pitched to him was OJ Simpson. Cameron declined because he thought Simpson was too nice of a guy, and audiences couldn’t take the movie seriosuly trying to belive smiley and affable OJ Simpson was walking around killing people. Eventually Arnold auditioned and stole the show, blah blah blah.

    Look up “Irony” in the dictionary, it’s right there.

  17. That’s the thing about disagreements on the Internet, no one is going to change anyone else’s opinions regardless of the argument.

    So I’ll say this and then I am done.

    I love Thriller, I think it’s one of the greatest musical accomplishments of all time. That’s my opinion.
    It’s also my opinion that Michael Jackson had a hard childhood that led to him making some very poor decisions as an adult that hurt a lot of people, children. I didn’t like him in life and I won’t mourn his passing, which is not the same as “celebrating” his death. That’s also my opinion.

    There’s no need (and no point) to insulting me or calling my opinions catshit.

    Good day to you all, I am going to go give my son a hug and tell him I love him.

  18. To me he’d become like OJ. He used to be cool, I have my opinions about guilty or not, the court of public opinion will always be deadlocked, an your better off staying out of the news. Another arrest? What ever. Another accusation? Whatever. Dead? Sorry to hear that. Maybe the next chapter will turn out better.

    And what the hell with Twitter calls to make your avatar B&W?? Sorry #Iran, I guess the honeymoon is over.

  19. Good comment Bookguy – my thoughts too. And Hokano? Thanks for that pot stir – it needed it.

  20. @Holtt

    // And what the hell with Twitter calls to make your avatar B&W?? //

    Dude that was a joke.

  21. Joe – your opinions, now that you took the time and put in the effort to share them, are not rude.

    Your first two one-liners were needlessly insulting, mostly to the intelligence of your fellow commenters.

  22. “I recently had an Aspergers advocate tell me that MJ was an aspie.

    Anyone else know more?”

    I wouldn’t give it much creedence. I’ve noticed there has been a trend in the last few years for claims that every imaginable somewhat eccentric historical figure has/had aspergers. My friend the autism researcher just rolls her eyes. Mostly they’re BIG stretches. It seems to be an attempt to improve perceptions of people on the autism spectrum, but IMO it simulataneously trivializes the condition and creates unrealistic expectations (“If Thomas Jefferson could be autistic and do all he did, why should I care/just think what MY child will do!”) MJ obviously had many problems, but I very much doubt that was one of them. I’m not an expert, though.

  23. #7 He was acquitted in ’93, but it went to trial and it was “not-guilty” on all counts in 2005.

    OJ wasn’t guilty either.

    What the hell is it about him that makes people weep and release doves (literally) at his trial?

    People lionize MJ because he cranks out some decent tunes, but he can touch kids and dangle children off of balcony’s without reproach.

    Brittany Spears shaves her head and sleeps around, and she becomes trash and an unfit mother.

    OJ “allegedly” kills people and he’s a paraiah.

    I mean, I’m a fan of the music, but I don’t have to like the guy, or pretend to like him because he probably did tons of coke and had a heart attach.

  24. I agree moriarty, you’re not an expert. Thanks though.

    Anyone have any knowledge based, relatively pith free info that speak to who the man was (rather than who you are)? That’s what I am seeking.

  25. There’s no need to be snippy. If you were looking for something concrete, I’m sorry. There isn’t anything. He was certainly never diagnosed with aspergers, so anyone saying definitively that he had the condition, full stop, is either misinformed or not being truthful. I apologize for ranting on an OT pet peeve.

    I did some (obviously not rigorous) internet research, and it seems he had a frequently sarcastic sense of humor and showed no signs of being bothered either by crowds or rapidly changing circumstances while on tour, which are all pointed to as strong evidence of not having aspergers, despite significant other evidence for (though nothing without alternative explanations).

  26. So that “on-again off-again” auction of MJ’s stuff (that was posted previously here on BB) may well be on again, after a decent interval has passed….shades of the Warhol & JFK/Jackie O Estate auctions, maybe, in public interest.

  27. @#15-I would call the moon landing better than ‘mildly entertaining’. It wasn’t as dynamic as the Motown 25 show, but pretty good theater nonetheless. Horrible value for money, but gripping, at least.

  28. It’s not just that MJ never had a traditional childhood, it’s also that his Father beat the crap out of him repeatedly. This is enough to screw up anyone’s life.

  29. @Ugly Canuck – I wanted MJ’s Virtual Boy from the auction. The jokes write themselves.

    As for MJ himself, at least now he can do a more convincing Thriller.

  30. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Michael Jackson was a purveyor of vapid bubblegum pop music. His pre-packaged, over-hyped, product-or-movie tie-in gurglings were exported around the world in company with our other ambassador of cultural imperialism: drinkable high fructose corn syrup. Shoving his inane doggerel in the faces of children and adolescents throughout the developing world as an example of the highest aspirations of civilization did more to destroy culture than Caesar burning the library at Alexandria. The world is a drearier, more homogenized, less rich place because he existed.

  31. DAAAMNNNNN, Antinous! It’s one thing to dislike the guy because he was a total whackjob and possible sexual predator, but dissing “Thriller?” That’s just not cool.

    1. In the absence of proof that he was a child rapist, you have to critique what you can see and hear. Personally I would have put him in prison for his crimes against fashion.

  32. Re Catbeller #13:

    “No father would shake down the rapist instead of calling the police immediately. If the boy was raped, the father should have been arrested himself for not reporting it. Q.E.D. it didn’t happen, or the man was a psychopath.”

    That’s assuming you have a father who completely trusts the police. Someone in that situation might figure they’d never believe him, or they’d never lift a finger to prosecute someone as beloved as MJ, especially if it were just his word against The Star’s. (Something similar happened with OJ, where a previous domestic abuse complaint was largely ignored because the cops were so in awe of him.) Maybe the parent would hope a nice quiet blackmailing would keep his own name and family out of the spotlight, at least if it had gone smoothly. Rookie blackmailers rarely think all their options through.

    This says nothing about what really happened, and we may never know. But moral judgement calls don’t make for good logic.

  33. According to Wikipedia, the father that got $22M from MJ drugged his own son with a drug that makes him susceptible to suggestion and then extracted the confession from his son about MJ’s pedophilia? WTF?

    If dad made his son believe that he was sexually abused that really damn heinous too.

    Whatever the truth is, Jordan Chandler is the loser.

  34. The man himself may be dead, but thank dog the (mirror) image will always be alive for those people who just need *something* to go off on.

    While I’d never call myself a fan, for decades his music – while hardly sophisticated – made my world a little warmer. There are various genres out there for everyone: the lives of *millions* of human beings have been far better served by ‘vapid pop’ joyously delivered than by cranky cynicism.

  35. ##18: OT, but that would have made a GREAT Terminator movie. Not that there’s owt wrong with Terminator like…

  36. Hopefully we can can learn to stop making heros, then destroying them when they can’t live up to our dreams.

  37. lol @ antinous, enjoy that limb, with all the other high-browed contrarians. That dusty, bitter comment belongs right up there with Andrew Sullivan’s pompous little tirade about the culture that created and killed MJ.

    I think you’re taking a really myopic view of his impact. When I think of Michael, his life, I think of Greek tragedy. His was the ability of a child to condense enormous pressures into psychosomatic motion that nobody else can compare to today. He was the Dionysus of the age of global media.

    Blaming him as a promoter of the shrinking of the world and the spread of Western produce is just ridiculous. And it overlooks the obvious nature of the products themselves. Sugar, music? They make people feel good, chemically, psychologically. This is true of Third World People (I just see this sentiment floating behind your words whether you intended it or not) as well as Americans. The fact that even my father, that most OCD, uptight, neurotic, high-achieving product of a Third World country, loved and respected MJ’s incredible skill should say something about how much his music did to make people’s lives a little more joyous and free.

    If you want to blame somebody for creating a wave of worldwide addiction and the spread of inanity, blame the scientists who engineered HFCS, Coca Cola, Pepsi, whatever else you want to throw in there. But of course you wouldn’t do that, because they are the arbiters and torch-bearers of progress, those white lab coats, aren’t they?

    Music, the need for that kind of release, is as old as man. Michael Jackson was just another link in that chain. He just happened to come along at a time when the world was being remade. When later generations reckon with ours, he’ll be one of the main symbols of the second half of the 20th century, for the good and the bad of us.

    As for his “inane doggerel” and “crimes against fashion” – I’ll just quote MJ back at you:

    and whosoever shall be found
    without the soul for getting down
    must stand and face the hounds of hell
    and rot inside a corpse’s shell


  38. I think we’ve missed the turning point of Michael Jackson’s career. When he released “Black and White,” the video included a long dance sequence where he expressed rage and violence, destroying a car. The outcry against it was so strong that the sequence has rarely been seen since and he had to apologize. Jackson tried to express his feelings as a black man in America and he was roundly denounced for it.

    At that point, I think he made the final turn into his own isolation and obvious hell. Was he a child molester? I don’t know. Was he abused by his father? Definitely yes. Was he abused by his handlers? Definitely yes. Did he get to live any kind of real life? Obviously no.

  39. dissing “Thriller?” That’s just not cool.

    Forget Thriller, what about Billie Jean?!?! That was a good song, dammit.

    1. In what mad universe is a pop star a hero? How about scientists and doctors and diplomats for heroes instead?

  40. With profound apologies to Tim Rice:

    Oh what a circus! Oh what a show!
    The internet has gone to town
    Over the death of a singer called Michael Jackson
    We’ve all gone crazy
    Mourning all day and mourning all night
    Falling over ourselves to get all of the misery right.

    Oh what an exit! That’s how to go!
    When they’re ringing your curtain down
    Demand to be autopsied like Michael Jackson
    It’s quite a sunset
    But bad for the plastic surgery industry in a roundabout way
    That self-mutilated face has made the front page of all the world’s papers today

    But who is this King of Pop?
    Why all this howling hysterical sorrow?
    What kind of god has lived among us?
    How will we ever get by without him?

    He had his moments — he had some style
    The best show in town was the crowd
    Outside Neverland Ranch crying, “Is that really the Elephant Man’s skull? Gross.”

    But that’s all gone now
    As soon as the smoke from the funeral clears
    We’re all going to go back to waiting impatiently for Britney’s next public meltdown.

  41. @Antinous #51: Scientists and doctors help the stupid in this world survive, why would we make them heroes?


  42. @ #51 antinous:

    um, this universe.

    as for scientists and doctors and diplomats, aren’t they just as much to blame for the development and spread of drinkable high fructose corn syrup as MJ? Remember when doctors could be gotten to sign on to the medicinal effects of smoking cigarettes? Where’s the balance? I mean seriously why the plaintive bleating and the bias?

  43. @ Antinous #51:

    In what mad universe is a pop star a hero? How about scientists and doctors and diplomats for heroes instead?

    Why does it have to be “instead?” Scientists have units of measurement named after them. Doctors get foundations in their honor. Diplomats are pictured on currency- some even get their faces carved into the side of a mountain.

    Those who are among the best at what they do usually get recognized for it, and the people who do what they do in the public eye get more public recognition. Such is the nature of celebrity.

    1. Compare Michael Jackson to Judy Garland. She had a shitty showbiz childhood. She got hooked on drugs by her minders. She gave her children a very questionable upbringing. She died at 43. And she was a great talent. She was a talented, pathetic, washed-up addict who died absurdly young. Worthy of compassion? Absolutely. Worthy of listening to her albums and watching her movies 40 years later? Absolutely. A hero? Not so much. We should appreciate people for their talents, not lionize them as great human beings, if the evidence doesn’t back it up.

  44. @ Aninous #56:

    I don’t see anybody lining up to nominate MJ as Father of the Year. Most everyone is remembering him for the musical legacy he leaves behind, just as you seem to be suggesting. So what’s the problem?

  45. People is so down on Michael Jackson jsut because he is the second man on the moon, and not the first. Plus they say the moon landings is faked. But I bet you wouldn’t say that to Louis Armstrong’s FACE.


    In what mad universe is a pop star a hero? How about scientists and doctors and diplomats for heroes instead?

    LOL. Don’t you realize you are more likely to be killed by a doctor than anyone else (except yourself)? Just ask MJ. :(

    You’re right though, diplomats like Henry Kissinger deserve our adulation much more.

    Rest in peace Michael, your first steps on this mad universe’s pop moon will not be forgotten

    1. Don’t you realize you are more likely to be killed by a doctor than anyone else

      I worked in a hospital. I’m quite clear on that one.

  46. I only recently found the Lefsetz Letter and now it’s on my “must read” blog list. Although I quite often disagree with his ideas, his letters are always educational; he knows an incredible amount about the music industry. Worth a read for any musician or anyone interested in music!

    Oh yeah, RIP Michael…

  47. srsly antinous- I do think MJ (and Judy G if you insist) could qualify as a tragic hero in the Campbell monomyth sense. The essence of the hero’s journey is transformation, which MJ had in bucketloads. It doesn’t have to have a happy ending; tragedy is entirely consistent with a hero myth, and the hero can certainly be flawed. What I think you’re missing is that hero stories can be cautionary tales or horror stories just as much as straightforward Hollywood morality plays. See Macbeth, for example, or Romeo.

    What you seem to be saying is that heroes should be people we look up to. Which is cute, quaint, idealistic, and somewhat Victorian, you old romantic ex-revolutionary, you. But not (I think) strictly true.

  48. @ antinous, again, #56:

    I don’t get it – who’s lionizing Michael Jackson? I mean in context of the original post, Lefsetz isn’t, even with his “long live the king.” He’s expressing a sadness at the loss of genius.

    I don’t think any fairly sane fan can really lionize MJ. The truth of his life defies it. But what IS being lionized is his ridiculous talent, as a dancer, and a singer, and a showman. You don’t have an appreciation for his work, so you don’t get it. You’re mistaking the adulation for a one-dimensional, hyperbolic hero-ritual. And that’s just not true. Not true, nor fair. People who are calling him a hero on here, like jphilby @ #46, are fairly lukewarm towards MJ (look at his comment #44). I mean that comment about “heros” (sp) is a dreadfully essentialist attitude.

    As for your comment #56: that’s exactly what people ARE DOING. This is a mass outpouring of appreciation for a man who changed music, made music that people define points of their life by. I mean NOBODY, not the media, nor his fans, nor his family, are out there denying that he was a very controversial and troubled figure.

    What’s so worthy of your contempt in all this? Out of one side of your mouth you go off on his work (#39, #41), and with the other you qualify that people should be appreciated for their talents, even if they’re messed up (#56). Nobody really needed to hear the latter, it’s already happening. Just stick with your opinion.

    If you don’t like it… too bad I guess. Can’t say I feel so bad for you – I suspect you enjoy looking down your nose. Same as most people who don’t have the soul for getting down…

  49. Antinous:

    Don’t you realize you are more likely to be killed by a doctor than anyone else — I worked in a hospital. I’m quite clear on that one.

    Exactly. The most heroic doctors are the ones who know their Fentanyl addiction is putting lives at risk, but they still put themselves out there every day, just to make the payments on their gambling debts.

    Let’s not forget CIA torture psychologists too. Brave, brave souls

    (I kid)

  50. Oh boy, I missed a few of your comments the first time around, Antinous (#39). Now, however, I get it. You’re an Enemy of Disco.

    Go on, say something illuminating like “raves are Grateful Dead concerts for people who don’t like music”, or “MIDI sucks out the soul out of a band” or “machines don’t know how to groove”… or you could talk about “dreary repetitive beats” or “vapid bubblegum pop”… no wait, you already did that one.


  51. ZOMG! Neil Young is performing The Needle and the Damage Done at Glasto! ZOMG! He KNOWS!

  52. @27 Cognitive Dissonance:
    People lionize MJ because he cranks out some decent tunes, but he can touch kids and dangle children off of balcony’s without reproach.

    OJ “allegedly” kills people and he’s a paraiah.

    I think the difference between these has much more to do with how people perceive the quality of the allegations than how much people liked the accused. OJ was very popular for a time, too.

    @39 Antinous:
    Caesar started a fire in Alexandria, but the evidence that he destroyed the library is questionable at best.

    And in the end, there is a big difference between destroying culture and any artistic creation, even a banal and uncreative one. You can blame people for not considering new and interesting music in its place, but should you really blame Jackson for promoting what he thought was good/people wanted?

  53. J.M. Barrie’s original Peter Pan play was a Victorian Gothic horror story. I’m reminded of this when I think of Michael Jackson.

  54. Agreed – the Taliban destroy culture. If MJ’s music is so bad, why do people still listen to it? Why in dog’s name should we? MJ can fill plenty of our time. It’s fantastic – shamanistic!

    Oh bless him. Doesn’t he look a bit like Ted Danson in Thriller, when made up as a zombie?

    But the simplicity and perfection of that video – wow! In film circles it’s held up high as a perfect example of apparent minimalism.

    The 2nd most annoying thing (the 1st is his death) is the shameless promotion of Justin Inthelake as anything like a replacement. What a whiteskin copycat. He’s dreadful.

    They keep saying there’ll never be another Jacko – well, probably true. He presided over one of the most massive changes in the history of any culture, ever, anywhere. Blacks on MTV? Not till he showed up.

  55. Yes Anti, yes! Thanks for saying it. We’re talking some very catchy pop songs here, but genius? Not hardly. And timeless? I don’t think so. It will be interesting to see if Michael Jackson’s music has the legs that his dead celeb media content is sure to have.

    He came from a family rife with mental illness and abuse. He did not handle fame well. We can’t know the reality of the sexual abuse he was charged with, but he sure as shit wasn’t the ideal parent for his own children. The whole business of going out masked didn’t protect them, it isolated them. The man had issues, the man had pain. I’m thinking he’ll have handed that down to his kids.

    Maybe all this hoopla will lead to some serious public attention given to abusive families and those kinds of mental health issues. It would be a good thing, a legacy so much more significant than the pop drivel that is “Billie Jean”.

    I’m not hopeful.

    I get annoyed when so much of the news gets turned over to a relatively insignificant story like this. It’s cheaper for the news outlets, stunted by years of cannibalizing themselves, to cover a story like this than to do real news. And it is easier for the average reader/listener/viewer to ponder the life, times and death of the likes of Jackson than to think overly much about things that matter.

    He was so successful that he didn’t have the usual sort of checks on his behavior that the average crazy schmuck does. I don’t think he had much peace in his life.

    Right now what Jackson is, is a cautionary tale. We can project just about anything on to him, without so much as firing up a neuron. He’s like one of those cartoons that are perception tests. Hold it one way and it looks like a pair of facing profiles – but squint your eyes and the foreground becomes background and you see a goblet.

    I see Jackson as tragic. Looking from another angle, I can see him as a monster. I’m just having trouble seeing him as a truly significant artist or a genius.

  56. Never liked the guy… (without addressing his disturbed interactions with children) I will say though that he really did have a great voice, especially as a kid. And, while I wouldn’t use the term “genius,” you could definitely say there was some artistry to his early, innovative dance moves. But I’ll agree that his songs’ lyrical content was vapid pop, and not worthy of the incredible hype.

    Little disclaimer: my first viewing of the “Thriller” premiere (at the age of 4) probably sparked my lifelong, deep and abiding hatred of zombies.

    And yes- the best and brightest scientists, engineers, diplomats, statesmen (not politicians) and any other people that strive to make the world a better place should be the ones seen as heroes…

    Of course, if you ask me what my favorite food is, I’m more likely to say chocolate or ice cream rather than the tasty veggies that are also good for me :)

    That said, I’m a scientist and engineer, and so are many of my heroes… but really I look up to anyone who endeavours to live a life of happiness through excellence in whatever they put their mind to.

  57. The world made fun of him. The media made money out of making news (and fun) of him. Through all his misgivings, misbehavior, I sometimes wonder if we’d ever stop to wonder – we’re so ready to lap up all that circus that the media serve up to be, but what’s REALLY behind all that was said, all those headlines, all those accusations. In the end, he died a very lonely man, and that to me, is the ultimate punishment, whether he deserve it or not.

    And that’s sad, because we’ll never know.

  58. ……..Who the hell ever thought that Little Richard would outlive Michael Jackson?

  59. Also I have trouble saying he is a King, Elvis was a King, James Brown was a King, Edward the lionhearted was a king but Jocko is more like his son in Braveheart.

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