Episode 059 – June 25th Special with Isabelle Petitjean and Brice Najar

Eight years ago today on June 25th, 2009 the King of Pop, Michael Jackson tragically passed away amidst preparations for what was to be his final concert tour, This Is It. For fans the world over, the pain still lingers… Each year we come together on this day to remember, honour and reflect on the magical life that was Michael Jackson’s and the love and timeless art he gave to the world. This year, hosts Q and Jason Garcia are lucky enough to be joined by two special guests for The MJCast’s 2017 June 25th episode. Being renowned authors, passionate Michael Jackson scholars, event organisers and…how could we forget…French, our two guests have so much in common that this episode can’t help but be a positive and heart warming reflection on Michael’s life.

Isabelle Petitjean, a classically-trained musician and a teacher of music, is a university academic specializing in Afro-American popular music and particularly in the work of Michael Jackson. She holds a master’s degree and a research mastership in musicology, and is currently preparing a doctorate on Michael Jackson at the University of Paris IV – Paris Sorbonne. She has written multiple books on Michael Jackson including Dangerous: From Mark Ryden to Michael Jackson – Pop Culture in the Pantheon of Fine Arts and Michael Jackson: il état une voix.

Brice Najar is the author of three books about Michael Jackson’s music. The first tackles the subject of his solo discography, through his singles released between 1979 and 2008. The second discusses the albums he recorded with The Jacksons from 1976 to 1989. Both books can be read independently but also compliment one another. In his latest work, Let’s Make HIStory, Brice offers a collection of interviews with some of Michael’s key collaborators  for his 1995 epic double album of the same name.

In addition to being authors in their own right, Brice and Isabelle have joined forces to put together Association On The Line. A group that’s organising unique and unmissable Michael Jackson related events. For its very first occasion, MJ Music Day, Brice and Isabelle are presenting an opportunity to meet musical director Brad Buxer and sound engineer Michael Prince who were both close collaborative partners and friends with the King of Pop. This exceptional and first-of-its-kind visit in France will lead attendees through Michael Jackson’s music at its most intimate and will offer plenty of unique anecdotes about his songs, personality and life. Guests will also experience the HIStory World Tour from behind-the-scenes and discover the secrets of the Jackson sound with the exclusive preview of King of Sound, a documentary by Gareth Maynard about Bruce Swedien. More than a master-class or a conference, this will be a genuine opportunity to share a friendly moment and talk to those men who were very special to Michael Jackson. Brice Najar, Isabelle Petitjean and fellow prominent French MJ fan Hector Barjot will also be there along with other Jackson exhibitors.

Later in the episode, listener submissions are played around how Michael should be remembered. Thank-you to all contributors who submitted audio. For fans who are struggling during this time of year, we hope this episode acts as a way for you to connect with other MJ fans around the world. In this episode there are moments of joy and moments of sadness, but through it all, remember that we are all fans of Michael. We will carry on his message of love and positivity as a way of honouring his memory and everything that he gave to the world. Together we will Michael on!

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Episodio 014 – Especial Érase Una Voz con Isabelle Petitjean

Érase una vez, una fan de Michael Jackson, musicóloga de profesión, especializada en MJ por vocación, autora por inspiración, y mamá de corazón. En este episodio tenemos el enorme placer de presentarles a Isabelle Petitjean, quien con el ingenioso título de “Érase una Voz” nos invita a redescubrir la fascinante figura de Michael Jackson a través de su voz, “desde Motown hasta el estudio de Bruce Swedien”. A este libro le precede su primer publicación,”Dangerous from Mark Ryden to Michael Jackson. Pop Culture in the Pantheon of Fine Arts” (“Dangerous desde Mark Ryden hasta Michael Jackson. La Cultura Pop en el Panteón de las Bellas Artes”), un análisis musical y semiótico de la fascinante portada del álbum Dangerous y los mensajes que su autor plasmó en la música. Sin duda alguna, la interesante narrativa de Isabelle Petitjean te harán descubrir por primera vez al Michael Jackson que creías conocer. Y colorin colorado, este cuento apenas ha comenzado.

“La voz de Michael Jackson es un mito y una realidad. Gritó por primera vez en Indiana, en una noche de verano de 1958. Permaneció con él hasta su último aliento en una mañana calurosa de verano de 2009, en California. Y así, rápidamente, nos damos cuenta que su voz sería escuchada por mucho tiempo, que acecharía nuestras vidas, resonaría en nuestro mundo, y despertaría, como siempre lo había hecho, la conciencia de futuras generaciones. ¿Qué es esta voz? ¿De dónde viene? ¿Es un don natural o una obra de arte? ¿Cuál es su mensaje? ¿Qué palabras eligió cantar? Desde los primeros días en Motown hasta las épocas con Bruce Swedien, el ingeniero de sonido de Jackson, la autora analiza críticamente cómo esta voz transformó al mundo de la música, como una herramienta trans-estilista, trans-racial, trans-generacional, trans-cultural y trans-disciplinaria. En este libro, la autora revela la vida de un artista que trabajó duro, un genio y un mensajero cuyos principales objetivos eran mejorar sus propias habilidades y respetar a su audiencia. Esta voz, la de un ícono global y político, nos retó y nos habló a nosotros. Con certeza resonará en nuestro mundo por un largo tiempo.”

Libros publicados por Isabelle Petitjean acerca de Michael Jackson

“The Dangerous Dream”, interpretación de la portada del álbum Dangerous por Renée Paul para Isabelle Petitjean.

Isabelle con Mark Ryden, autor de la portada de Dangerous, con quien colaboró en la elaboración de su primer libro “Dangerous from Mark Ryden to Michael Jackson. Pop Culture in the Pantheon of Fine Arts”.

Isabelle con Bruce Swedien, Matt Forger y Sett Riggs, quienes participaron en su segundo libro “Voice upon a Time”.

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Poema Planet Earth : Michael Jackson – Planet Earth (An Earth Day Project)

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Episode 036 – The Other Bernie Sanders

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Episode 036 of The MJCast is dedicated to Scott Devlin who recently passed away after a brave battle with cancer. We hope you are at peace now, Scott. Our thoughts are with your family. Michael-on forever, our MJ brother…

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Ale and her friend Marisa with Michael Jackson collaborators Brad Buxer, Michael Prince, Brian Vibberts and Brad Sundberg at the recent MJU experience.

Jamon and Q are joined by Mexican mega-fan Ale Huerta to cover all the latest MJ news. Jamon, Q & Ale kick things off by talking about The MJCast’s recent interview with The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies, Sean Lennon’s bizarre new song  which references Michael Jackson’s relationship with Bubbles the chimp and Janet Jackson’s new photoshoot for Emirates Woman. Following this, the group discusses Susan Fast’s book Michael Jackson’s Dangerous (33 1/3) winning a major literary award, the new Omer Bhatti and Prince Jackson music video for Automatic and new music by Taryll Jackson of 3T. Next, Sony Music Japan’s re-release of Michael Jackson and The Jackson’s music catalogue on Blu-Spec CD 2, the Cascio family are back at it again with unreleased MJ music being auctioned off and blockbuster developments in the case that Eddie Cascio is named in. The group also discuss a range of new seminars and conventions coming featuring Michael Jackson collaborators such as LaVelle Smith Jr., Bruce Swedien and Vincent Patterson before moving into talking about a range of new photo, music and video leaks featuring Michael Jackson. The major discussion topic for this week is all around Ale’s recent trip to Brad Sundberg‘s MJU seminars, Michael’s final resting place at Forrest Lawn and Neverland Valley Ranch.

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  • Ale’s recent trip to Brad Sundberg‘s MJU experience, Michael’s final resting place at Forrest Lawn and Neverland Valley Ranch. You can also see video from the trip here and here.

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Episode 030 – Rob Hoffman Special

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Michael Jackson collaborator and studio engineer Rob Hoffman joins us for a conversation on this special episode of The MJCast. Rob is a producer, songwriter, musician and recording engineer who has collaborated with some of the most iconic individuals in popular music. From ground-breaking artists such as Michael and Janet Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds and P Diddy, Rob has worked with the best. And not just the best artists and musicians either, Rob has had the honour of collaborating with fellow engineers and producers such as Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Quincy Jones and Bruce Swedien.

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But it was through his work at New York City’s The Hit Factory studios where he first met recording legend Bruce Swedien, who would go on to become Rob’s long-time mentor. This relationship made possible a four-year period as one of Michael Jackson’s core team members; working on the HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I and Blood on the Dancefloor: HIStory in the Mix studio albums, the HIStory World Tour, the ill fated HBO special Michael Jackson: One Night Only and Michael’s seminal film, Ghosts.

Rob had an incredibly important relationship with Michael, allowing him to express himself artistically and creatively with a level of freedom that resulted in some of Michael’s most innovative, creative and complex music.

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