Episode 067 – Joseph Vogel Special

After an extended break from the Michael Jackson fan community, author and Merrimack College professor Dr. Joseph Vogel is back. He appears on this week’s special edition of The MJCast to mark the release of his fully revised book, ‘Earth Song: Michael Jackson and the Art of Compassion‘.  Interviewed by Jamon Bull and Charles Thomson, Vogel gives the most candid interview of his career.

After attracting criticism for his endorsement of fake tracks released on the MJ Estate’s first posthumous album, Vogel left social media several years ago. In this exclusive interview, Vogel tells The MJCast he no longer stands by his old comments and now believes the songs are fake. The Estate assured him it had evidence they were real but, over the years, he came to realise that simply wasn’t true.

Fans who boycott the Estate over the release of those songs are being perfectly reasonable, says Vogel. He hasn’t spoken to the Estate for around two years and hasn’t been approached to appear in Spike Lee’s rumoured Thriller documentary. He is now actively seeking a publisher to reprint his first MJ book – ‘Man in the Music‘ – in part so he can remove his words on the fake tracks and cease to acknowledge them as MJ songs.

Also in this bombshell interview, Vogel discusses how and why he revised his Earth Song book, why he left social media, whether the fans who turned on him were justified and what his next projects will be.

Joe’s revised edition of ‘Earth Song: Michael Jackson and the Art of Compassion’ includes fresh insights based on new evidence and interviews with key MJ collaborators, like Earth Song short film director Nick Brandt.

In addition to writing several books on Michael Jackson, Joe has appeared in the Estate’s documentaries on the Bad and Off The Wall albums and wrote the liner notes for the Estate’s Bad 25 box set.

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Episode 061 – Jonathan ‘Sugarfoot’ Moffett Special

Drummer Jonathan ‘Sugarfoot’ Moffett first worked with Michael Jackson when he joined the Jacksons on their Destiny Tour in 1979. He remained with the brothers for the Triumph Tour – where his work was immortalised on the Jacksons’ only live album – and then joined them on their legendary Victory Tour. He later played on the Jacksons’ album 2300 Jackson Street and on Michael’s 1988 Grammy Awards performance.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s he worked with other music legends including Madonna, Elton John and George Michael. In 1996 he re-teamed with Michael Jackson for the HIStory World Tour, which lasted into 1997, and then joined him again in 2001 for his two 30th Anniversary Celebration concerts at Madison Square Gardens in New York.

In 2009 he was selected for the This Is It band and worked with Michael in his final weeks, days and hours of rehearsals. He performed at Michael’s Staples Centre memorial and has since worked for his Estate on its Cirque Du Soleil Immortal World Tour.

In this special episode, Jonathan joins Jamon and Q to discuss his long career and relationship with Michael Jackson.

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Episodio 017 – Especial 25 de Junio: Estaré Justo Aquí

El 25 de Junio de 2009 está grabado en el calendario como un día de luto para la música, y uno de los más tristes en la vida de muchos de nosotros. Michael Jackson había fallecido en medio de los preparativos de su gira “This Is It”. El mundo se paralizó por completo ante la noticia y lloró al artista que durante 4 décadas nos deleitó con su talento.

En este episodio especial acompaña a  Ale, Sandra y Jason para recordar a Michael Jackson en su octavo aniversario luctuoso. Nuestros invitados de episodios anteriores, Marisa, Rodrigo, Toni y Uriel nos relatan cómo vivieron ese 25 de Junio y sus impresiones 8 años después. De forma muy significativa, retomamos una canción que hoy más que nunca nos reconforta con su letra, “Someone In The Dark”.

Sabemos lo dificil que es esta fecha para muchos, y esperamos de todo corazón que este episodio sirva para que los fans sepan que no están solos, se desahoguen con nosotros y, lo más importante, puedan sentirse reconfortados reflejándose en alguna de las historias que compartimos con ustedes. Aunque el dolor sigue después de 8 años, celebremos juntos todo lo que nos dejó y nos sigue regalando. A 8 años de distancia, recordamos no solamente tu partida sino que celebramos tu permanencia en nuestros corazones.

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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 015 – ¿Qué Hay de Nosotros?

Después de tres especiales consecutivos, en el episodio 015 de The MJCast en Español te traemos noticias y un tema principal a discutir: Earth song, ¿la obra maestra de Michael Jackson? Hablaremos de la historia que rodea a este tema, el short film y las icónicas presentaciones en vivo.  Además, te contaremos sobre la amena entrevista que uno de los ingenieros de sonido que trabajó con Michael, CJ deVilla, dió a The MJCast. También tendremos las noticias más recientes sobre Prince Jackson, el tema filtrado “Ghost of Another lover”, y otras novedades alrededor de Michael Jackson y la familia Jackson.

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  • Earth Song: Historia de la cancion
  • Video y presentaciones en vivo

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Episodio 013 – Especial Michael Prince

Michael Prince trabajó con Michael Jackson desde los 90 en adelante, convirtiéndose eventualmente en el ingeniero de estudio mas cercano a MJ, el hombre en quien confiaba para capturar sus visiones creativas mas personales. Desde la gira HIStory al álbum Invincible, pasando por el hermoso sencillo de caridad What More Can I Give hasta This Is It y las canciones finales en las que MJ estaba trabajando en el estudio, Michael Prince estuvo envuelto en todo ello.

Michael Prince tras bastidores en la Celebración del 30 Aniversario de Michael Jackson en New York

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Michael Prince, Michael Jackson y el equipo técnico de audio del HIStory World Tour

Episode 052 – Michael Prince Special

Michael Prince worked with Michael Jackson from the mid 90’s onwards, eventually becoming Jackson’s closest studio engineer, a man whom was trusted to capture the King of Pop’s most personal creative visions. From the HIStory World Tour, to the Invincible album, to the beautiful charity single What More Can I Give and right up until This Is It and the final studio songs Michael Jackson was working on, Michael Prince was involved.

Michael Prince backstage at Michael Jackson’s 30th Anniversary Celebration in New York

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Michael Prince, Michael Jackson and their team of audio technicians on the HIStory World Tour

Episodio 011 -  Lo Que No Fue No Será

En este episodio te contamos sobre las últimas noticias de Michael Jackson y la familia Jackson que van desde las disputas legales que involucran a la matriarca Katherine Jackson, hasta las apariciones en televisión de Prince y Paris. No podemos dejar de mencionar la filmación de la biopic “Searching For Neverland” protagonizada por Navi y producida por el canal Lifetime, y la rebaja de precio de Neverland en el mercado de bienes raices. También, el tributo que rindió Ne-Yo a Michael en la inauguración del Museo de Historia Afroamericana. “In The Studio With MJ” llega a su seminario número 100 y lo celebrará en Paris ¡Felicidades Brad! Jason y Ale te cuentan su experiencia en el seminario de México.

Este mes de marzo conmemoramos el aniversario de la que fuera la última aparición pública de Michael, la conferencia de prensa donde anunció sus conciertos de la gira This Is It. Por último, recordamos el conmovedor discurso que Michael ofreció en Oxford en 2001 con el propósito del lanzamiento de “Heal The Kids”.

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– La experiencia de Jason en “In The Studio With MJ en México”

– La conferencia del anuncio de la gira “This Is It” : Michael Jackson | Conferencia: This Is It | Sub. Español

– El discurso en Oxford por el lanzamiento de “Heal The Kids” :

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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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Episodio 005 – Especial Thriller Night

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Para celebrar la época del año en que se escucha a Michael Jackson y Thriller por todos lados, hemos preparado para ustedes nuestro primer Especial Thriller Night de The MJCast en Español. En las noticias, te contamos sobre la publicación de un libro de los Jackson 5 para celebrar los 50 años de su primer grabación, y de la nueva versión de Thriller que saldrá en 2017. Como tema principal revisamos la temática de horror que Michael abordó de manera recurrente a lo largo de su carrera, recapitulamos el contexto histórico y el impacto que estas obras tuvieron a nivel cultural y en la industria musical.

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