Episode 058 – Vindication Day Special (Pirates in Neverland: The Michael Jackson Allegations)

As far back as he can remember, Ryan Michaels was a Michael Jackson fan. He was just five years old when the Dangerous album came out but vividly remembers watching the Black or White music video upon its release in America. In his teenage years he became an active member of the Michael Jackson internet fan community where, in his 20s, he got to know Charles Thomson.

After Michael’s death, Ryan withdrew somewhat from the fan community. Today he lives in Tokyo, where he works for several companies and, in his spare time, hosts the podcast Reason Bound. The show is all about logic and critical thought; what people believe, why they believe it and the importance of being able to recognise good and bad arguments. Each week he and a guest discuss these points in relation to a particular hot topic.

Charles’ life also now revolves around logic and critical thought. Since Michael’s death he has become an award-winning newspaper journalist, investigating issues and weighing evidence on a daily basis, in addition to regularly reporting on criminal trials.

A few months back, Ryan invited his old friend Charles onto Reason Bound. He appeared in episode seven, where they discussed the justice system and the importance of preserving the presumption of innocence. Given their history, the two of them naturally referred to the Michael Jackson trial several times during the show.

August 16, 2004 – MJ attends the pretrial hearings, escorted by LaToya and Janet.

After the recording was finished, Ryan felt there was a lot more to be said about the Michael Jackson case. He invited Charles back onto the show to do something neither of them had ever seen done before – to record a podcast where the two of them would discuss the child abuse allegations leveled at Michael Jackson during the latter half of his career – from their inception in 1993 through to his 2005 trial – within the context of Reason Bound’s usual parameters; looking at what people believe, why they believe it, and the importance of being able to recognise good and bad arguments. They would discuss the evidence in an unemotional way, testing the theories and arguments of bother Michael Jackson’s fans and his detractors.

June 13, 2005 – The Jackson Family leaves the court after the veredict.

Given Charles’ continuing work with The MJCast, Jamon and Q were given a sneak preview loved the show so much they decided they wanted to air it too. So for the second time in The MJCast’s history we are simulcasting with another show. We are proud to present, for our third annual Vindication Day Special, episode 10 of Reason Bound, titled ‘Pirates in Neverland: The Michael Jackson Allegations’.

The show goes live today on both The MJCast’s channel and Reason Bound’s. We thank Ryan for working with us on this episode and we encourage you to head over to iTunes and check out some more of his thought-provoking episodes.

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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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Episode 057 – We Are Not as Young as We Look

With Jamon having selfishly abandoned the show to assist his pregnant wife during childbirth (bastard), Q and Jason are manning the station for Episode 057.

This episode’s news round-up commences with the announcement that Jermaine Jackson has teamed up with MemOrigin to flog a chain of watches. In other news, Janet Jackson is planning her latest tour, the State of the World Tour.

Elsewhere, there are more Paris Jackson updates, a recent performance by Marlon and Tito Jackson and Charles Thomson’s latest update on the lawsuit over the inclusion of the allegedly fake ‘Cascio tracks’ on the first posthumous Michael Jackson album.

Then the boys discuss the trailer for the new Lifetime ‘biopic’ Searching for Neverland and a new MJ tribute video in the vein of Disney’s Maleficent.

Q and Jason announce the winners of our In The Studio with MJ competition and then delve into the show’s main discussion topic; their top ten favourite Michael Jackson songs. Brace yourself – someone has included tracks from Invincible. Yes, really.

Follow Up

  • The Taryll Jackson and Breana Cabral episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life has aired
  • Pepsi incident timeline – confirmed
  • Audio submissions for June 25

News

  • MemOrigin has debuted its Jackson Series of watches with Jermaine Jackson’s Jelephant
  • Janet Jackson announces recommencement of her tour, now retitled the State of the World Tour. Australian waitlist at Ticketek.
  • Paris Jackson to star in a scene in an Amazon Studios feature film
  • Paris Jackson reportedly signs major deal with Calvin Klein
  • Marlon and Tito share the stage in the La Voix Grand Finale episode in Canada
  • The Cascio Case judge has ruled that Vera Serova will not have to pay Angelikson’s legal fees
  • The trailer for the Memorial Weekend Lifetime’s new MJ biopic, In Search of Neverland drops
  • Maleficent video, remade with Michael Jackson songs
  • Competition draw and winner announcement

Main Discussion Topic

  • Andy’s MJ101 challenge – finally. Our Top 10 Michael Jackson songs.

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Episodio 009 – Especial Magia en Movimiento: Michael Jackson a través del cine y los videojuegos con Toni Arias

¡Bienvenidos a la Temporada 2 de The MJCast en Español! En este episodio tenemos de invitado especial a Toni Arias, quien nos cuenta sobre su nuevo libro “Magia En Movimiento: Michael Jackson a través del cine y los videojuegos”. Toni nos comparte su increible historia como fan, desde sus viajes alrededor del mundo para ver a Michael, la creacion del foro MJHideout, y hasta el fabuloso trabajo junto con su esposa Laura en la organización “Heal The World For Children Spain”.

Magia en Movimiento Michael Jackson a través del cine y los videojuegos. Toni Arias, 2017.

Aunque su historia es digna de ser escrita, Toni ha optado por un tema muy original que atrae no solo a los seguidores de Michael Jackson, sino también a los amantes del mundo del cine y los videojuegos. ¿Cómo se relacionó Michael con estos universos paralelos a la música? Y si Michael estaba tan deseoso de hacer la transición al cine, ¿por qué nunca se concretaron los diversos proyectos en los que se involucró? En este libro publicado por Applehead Team (si, el nombre es por MJ), conoceremos todo acerca de una de las más grandes pasiones que quedaron inconclusas en la carrera del prolífico artista.

“Magia en Movimiento” no es la primera vez que Toni emprende una aventura como escritor versado en Michael Jackson. En los 90 creo el fanzine “Divinity in motion” y, a fines de esa década, el foro MJHideout, la comunidad más grande en español de fans de MJ en internet que continúa funcionando hasta la fecha.

Ese espiritu que se apoderara de él en la Nochevieja de 1983, ha sido la inspiración para incursionar en nuevas aventuras más allá del papel y el ciberespacio. Actualmente, Toni y su esposa Laura dirigen “Heal The World For Children Spain” de manera exitosa e ininterrumpida desde 2010. Esta organización benéfica está dedicada a continuar la labor y legado humanitario de Michael Jackson.

Magia en movimiento: Michael Jackson a través del cine y los videojuegos, nos sumerge en la historia del pop en imágenes, en decenas de proyectos inalcanzados, en la quimera del guión perfecto, y en las incursiones en el mundo de los pixels de uno de los artistas más brillantes del siglo XX.

Toni junto a Michael Jackson en Londres (2002).

¿Quieres que te lo firme? Toni y Laura con los autógrafos que Michael les hizo en Londres (2002).

Toni y Laura con la carta que Michael les entregó en Las Vegas (29 de Agosto, 2008).
“Solo sepan que verdaderamente los quiero y aprecio a todos ustedes desde el fondo de mi corazón. Hare lo mejor para ustedes musical, creativa y visualmente. Los quiero. Michael Jackson.”

Heal The World For Children Spain.

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Episodio 008 – Especial de Dangerous 25 (Parte 2)

¡Bienvenidos a la continuación del Especial de Dangerous 25! En este episodio vamos a descubrir el “lado B” de Dangerous. Ale, Jason y Sandra recapitularán algunos de los momentos icónicos de la era Dangerous en televisión, incluyendo algunas de las presentaciones más memorables como el Super Bowl, la entrevista de Oprah y el discurso de aceptación del Grammy Legend Award. También hablaremos sobre el libro Dancing The Dream y las canciones que no terminaron formando parte del album. Por último, nuestros dos invitados de lujo (Aldo de México y Rodrigo de Argentina) nos compartirán su experiencia como asistentes al Dangerous World Tour en México y Argentina.

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Episode 047 – The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson Special with Elizabeth Amisu and Karin Merx

On this special episode of The MJCast, Jamon and Q interview academics Elizabeth Amisu and Karin Merx on Elizabeth’s new book The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson: His Music, His Persona and His Artistic Afterlife. Topics include their own histories, their roles in The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies and Michael Jackson’s Dream Lives On podcast, Elizabeth’s writing and publication process, Karin’s artistic process in creating the book’s cover (The Michael Jackson Respect Portrait) and of course many topics on Michael Jackson himself.

As explained on Elizabeth’s website, The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson is “the essential companion to Michael Jackson’s music, films and books, this work offers 21 original, academic essays on all things Jackson – from film, music and dance to fashion, culture and literature. It is the ultimate collector’s item for every Michael Jackson fan, student, researcher and academic.”

Overall, Dangerous Philosophies is a phenomenal work on the depth of Michael’s art and person, and a brilliant achievement by Amisu. Whether you’re an academic yourself wishing to enrich your knowledge of Michael Jackson, or perhaps a casual MJ fan wanting to open your mind to the depth of Michael’s work, you can’t go past Dangerous Philosophies. Pick up a copy today!

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Episode 046 – Dangerous 25 Roundtable (Part 2)

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Welcome to the second and final instalment of our Dangerous 25 Roundtable shows. Sonically groundbreaking, spiritually profound, sexually provocative and socially conscious, Dangerous exploded onto the music market on November 26th, 1991, taking Michael to new global audiences and cementing his position not only as the King of Pop, but an artist willing to illuminate and challenge some of the world’s most important issues. In many ways, the album is relevant now more than ever. To celebrate twenty-five years of this masterpiece, The MJCast has brought together a roundtable panel of authors, academics and researchers – all mega fans.

Q, Elizabeth, Mike, James, Andy & Samar begin the show by discussing Michael’s appearances and performances during the Dangerous era followed by an analysis of Sony’s Dangerous 25 campaign. The panel members also discusses Michael’s style during the period and their favourite Dangerous era memories before closing the show out with a discussion around how the Dangerous album holds up in Michael’s discography today.

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  • Dangerous appearances and performances
  • Dangerous style
  • Memories from the era
  • How does Dangerous hold up today?

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Episode 045 – Dangerous 25 Roundtable (Part 1)

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Twenty-five years ago today Michael Jackson released perhaps his most important album… Dangerous. Sonically groundbreaking, spiritually profound, sexually provocative and socially conscious, Dangerous exploded onto the music market on November 26th, 1991, taking Michael to new global audiences and cementing his position not only as the King of Pop, but an artist willing to illuminate and challenge some of the world’s most important issues. In many ways, the album is relevant now more than ever. To celebrate twenty-five years of this masterpiece, The MJCast has brought together a roundtable panel of authors, academics and researchers – all mega fans.

Q, Elizabeth, Mike, James, Andy & Samar begin the show by giving brief introductions as to who they are and their early experiences with the Dangerous album, followed by an exploration into the album’s groundbreaking sound. Next, the panel delves into the album’s masterpiece cover art by Mark Ryden, an analysis of the song and video Black Or White and the lyrical messages within Dangerous. The show finishes up with a discussion around the short films for the album. Stay tuned for Part 2 of this Roundtable as we continue our celebrations of Dangerous 25!

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  • The sound of Dangerous
  • The Dangerous album cover
  • Black Or White
  • The lyrical messages of Dangerous
  • Dangerous’ short films

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Episodio 006 – Especial de Brad Sundberg

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¡El seminario “In The Studio With MJ” de Brad Sundberg viene a México! Y en este episodio te contamos todos los detalles. Brad es un ingeniero de sonido que tuvo el privilegio de trabajar durante casi 20 años como Director Técnico para Michael Jackson, formando parte y atestiguando la magia de la creación de legendarios álbumes como Bad, Dangerous y History. Desde sus comienzos como ayudante en el estudio durante la producción de “Captain Eo”, hasta su participación clave de la creación de Neverland tal y como Michael lo deseaba, Brad pudo conocer directamente no sólo a Michael Jackson, el genio creativo, sino a lo que el llama “uno de los tipos más agradables y amables que he conocido”.

“In The Studio With MJ” es el seminario que desde hace 3 años ha recorrido más de 80 ciudades en 12 países, y ahora visita por primera vez la Ciudad de México (11 y 12 de Noviembre). Bajo el lema de “ve cosas que nunca has visto, escucha cosas que nunca has escuchado, conoce cosas que no sabías”, Brad promete llevarnos en un emocionante viaje a donde todo comenzó, la música.

Acompáñanos y disfruta de esta cálida entrevista en la que podrás poner un pie dentro del estudio y conocer a fondo no solo al artista, sino a la persona que Michael Jackson fue para Brad Sundberg, o mejor dicho “really really Brad”, como Michael lo llamaba.

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Episode 040 – The Gold Pants Brigade

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On this episode, Jason Garcia of The MJCast en Español joins Jamon as a guest host in Q’s absence. Jamon and Jason kick Episode 040 off with some follow up discussion around Episode 039‘s show length and how Jason feels being one month into hosting The MJCast en Español. News items include Kingvention 2016 (including an audio roundup from Karin and Elizabeth of The Journal of Michael Jackson Academic Studies), the 3T weekend in Amsterdam (with an audio roundup from Christophe Charlot, author Travelling with a King) and an update on Christophe’s MJBackstage magazine. Following this, the guys discuss Rogue Magazine publishing never-before-seen photos and videos of Michael Jackson, Ghana’s President discussing Michael Jackson in his address to the United Nations, a new book on the HIStory era by Brice Najar and finally Brad Sundberg‘s late 2016 plans for In the Studio with Michael Jackson. The main discussion topic for this episode is all around the Michael Jackson songs that Jason and Jamon feel are his most underrated. Special thanks to L. Josefin (@_linajosefin on Twitter) for this great idea.

Follow Up

News

  • Kingvention 2016 honours Dangerous 25 in style.
  • 3T weekend in Amsterdam recap
  • MJBackstage is to issue its final regularly released magazine this November.
  • The latest issue of Rogue Magazine is set to feature unpublished images of Michael Jackson.
  • Ghana’s President tells the United Nations to dance to the tune of Michael Jackson.
  • Let’s Make HIStory: An Insight Into the HIStory Album by Brice Najar is to be released in French and English versions.
  • Upcoming In the Studio with Michael Jackson events. London, Dublin, Berlin…and Mexico City!

Main Discussion Topic 

  • “What less famous MJ songs deserve recognition?” – L. Josefin (@_linajosefin on Twitter)
  • Jamon
    • You Can’t Win
    • Someone In The Dark
    • Lady In My Life
    • Hot Street
    • Song Groove (AKA Abortion Papers)
    • Someone Put Your Hand Out
    • Why You Wanna Trip On Me?
    • Money
    • Ghosts
    • Is It Scary
    • Morphine
    • Break Of Dawn
    • Do You Know Where Your Children Are?
    • Xscape
    • Jamon’s most underrated MJ song – We’ve Had Enough
  • Jason
    • On The Line
    • She’s Out Of My Life [Demo]
    • The Girl Is Mine [Mexico Deposition]
    • The Girl Is Mine 2008 (feat. Will.I.Am)
    • P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) [Demo]
    • Stranger In Moscow
    • Morphine
    • Childhood
    • Blood On The Dancefloor
    • Fall Again
    • In The Back
    • Beautiful Girl
    • One More Chance
    • Get On The Floor
    • I Can’t Help It
    • Who Is It
    • This Time Around
    • 2 Bad
    • 2000 Watts
    • Threatened
    • Speechless
    • Slave To The Rhythm
    • Sunset Driver
    • Jason’s most underrated MJ song – Whatever Happens
  • Q
    • For All Time
    • Fall Again
    • Threatened
    • Speechless
    • Childhood
    • Whatever Happens
    • You Can’t Win
    • Someone In The Dark
    • Seeing Voices
    • Elizabeth I Love You
    • Dangerous
    • Lady In My Life [Extended Version]
    • Brandy – It’s Not Worth It (special mention for MJ’s background vocals)
    • Q’s most underrated MJ song – You Were There

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