Batty you are certainly not alone in your reaction to MJ--and many of us (like Pat, for example) have considered him "dead" for years. On the Hookton board, I quoted another member, and went on to make this fuller comment on the lives and deaths of Jackson & Seeger.
Lts2 on Hookton wrote:He was one of the greatest of the pop singers. I think you have to separate the private life from the professional. He was a musical genius but on a personal level he seemed to be a rather disturbed "young" man---hard to believe he was 50. In a way it seems that he never grew up.
I admire Farah Facett for the courageous way she faced her cancer. It has to remind us that we are all mortal!
I agree, Lts. And while I may not have been a great fan of his musically, he certainly was a major influence on pop music in the 70s and 80s. Too bad he couldn't keep control of himself. I was amazed at the proposed concerts in London, but apparently lots of people still wanted to hear him. I find myself comparing him to Elvis--both of them had tremendous musical impact and really sick, sad lives. And both died relatively young--without ever redeeming themselves.
By way of contrast--Pete Seeger
has contributed throughout his long, colorful life in spite of controversy and harassment. For example, his music and actions are probably the most important reason why the Hudson River is now a clean, alive river. And the use of music as a means of political protest and unification owe a great deal to the man who was responsible (in as much as any one person is for folk music) for We Shall Overcome, Waist Deep in the Big Muddy, Turn, Turn. Turn
--and countless other wonderful songs. I count myself lucky to have heard him live while I was in college. (He was touring after being barred from Radio and TV for 17 years because of refusal to answer improper questions by Congress, as the Courts eventually held.)
And although I didn't follow Farah Fawcett's career, her long battle with cancer and her attempts to help others through going public are commendable.