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Continuing A Train Of Thought [Mar. 20th, 2019|10:47 am]
Tony Grist
The difference is that Gill just banged out a statue, stuck it on a building and walked away- after which it persisted as a discrete and separate object- whereas Jackson- the person or persona- is everywhere present in his art. That's his voice singing and his legs dancing. When he protects the kids from the evil drug peddler in the movie Moonwalker we now know it wasn't exactly like that and when he pleads to be left alone we know the reason why. A performing artist is much harder to separate from his art than a sculptor or a painter or a composer. Does a Jackson song performed by anyone else amount to much? Can it stand alone? Does it have a life apart from his?

Well, we'll see.

[User Picture]From: mallorys_camera
2019-03-20 11:36 am (UTC)
I think the difference is that Jackson used his art to "groom" both the public at large and his victims whereas Gill's statues stand apart from his kink.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-03-20 11:42 am (UTC)
Yes, that's true.

When Jimmy Savile was exposed as a paedophile it became clear that almost everything he'd done in his career was geared towards allowing him access to vulnerable young people. It looks as though Jackson was the same.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2019-03-20 12:15 pm (UTC)
I must admit I cannot separate Jackson from his songs simply as they were part of a package whereas with Dylan who writes his own material I can like others singing his songs if you get my drift. In a similar way with Wagner. He wrote the music but you can separate from him by the varied interpretations of the music on albums and so on.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-03-20 04:40 pm (UTC)
You can do Dylan's songs in any style you like because they're not tied to his persona (Dylan himself is continually reinventing them) but Jackson's songs are intimately bound up with who he was- and the only people who cover them are Jackson impersonators- who feel bound to reproduce not just the music but also the look and the moves.
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