Earth Song: Inside Michael Jackson's Magnum Opus (2nd Edition)

Earth Song: Inside Michael Jackson's Magnum Opus (2nd Edition)

Joseph Vogel / Aug 09, 2020
Earth Song Inside Michael Jackson s Magnum Opus nd Edition Released in Michael Jackson s Earth Song was in many ways anachronistic In both subject and sound it was like nothing else on the radio It defied the cynicism and apathy of Generation X it chal
  • Title: Earth Song: Inside Michael Jackson's Magnum Opus (2nd Edition)
  • Author: Joseph Vogel
  • ISBN: 9780981650678
  • Page: 350
  • Format: Paperback
  • Released in 1995, Michael Jackson s Earth Song was in many ways anachronistic In both subject and sound, it was like nothing else on the radio It defied the cynicism and apathy of Generation X it challenged the aesthetic expectations for a pop song or even a protest song , fusing blues, opera, rock and gospel and it demanded accountability in an era of corporateReleased in 1995, Michael Jackson s Earth Song was in many ways anachronistic In both subject and sound, it was like nothing else on the radio It defied the cynicism and apathy of Generation X it challenged the aesthetic expectations for a pop song or even a protest song , fusing blues, opera, rock and gospel and it demanded accountability in an era of corporate greed, globalization and environmental indifference A massive hit globally reaching 1 in over fifteen countries , it wasn t even offered as a single in the United States Yet nearly two decades later, it stands as one of Jackson s greatest artistic achievements In this groundbreaking monograph, author Joseph Vogel details the song s context and evolution from its inception in Vienna in 1988, to its release and reception in 1995, to Jackson s final live performance in Munich in 1999 Based on original research, including interviews with the song s key participants, Earth Song Inside Michael Jackson s Magnum Opus offers a fascinating reassessment of this prophetic musical statement.
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      • Joseph Vogel

        JOSEPH VOGEL is the author of five books, including the critically acclaimed Man in the Music The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson Sterling, 2011 and the award winning Free Speech 101 WindRiver, 2006 His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Huffington Post and PopMatters, among other publications His writing interests lie at the intersection of American culture, music, literature, politics and identity.Vogel is considered a leading authority on pop icon, Michael Jackson In addition to Man in the Music which Spike Lee described as having brilliantly cracked the DNA, the code of the work, the artistry of Michael Jackson Vogel has written several other exclusive pieces on the artist, interviewed many of Jackson s close collaborators and been consulted as an expert by media around the world He has been interviewed, quoted or featured by the Associated Press, NPR, Forbes, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Democracy Now, Spin, AOL Music, Entertainment Weekly, Yahoo , The Root, and The Michael Eric Dyson Show He has also appeared in several documentaries, presented at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and guest lectured at universities, libraries and conferences across the country.Vogel s books and articles have been translated into over a dozen languages He currently resides in New York where he is a doctoral candidate and instructor at the University of Rochester.


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    1. Joe Vogel s book Earth Song Inside Michael Jackson s Magnum Opus , now available in an updated and expanded 2nd edition, reveals both the genius and hard work of the creative process required to achieve such a master work of popular music.Vogel tracks the evolution of Earth Song beginning with Michael Jackson s initial ideas in 1988 for an anthem for the earth, informed by his evolving religious views and growing awareness of global issues The book follows the development of the song clear throu [...]


    2. I respect the secrets and magic of nature That s why it makes me so angry when I see these things that are happening I really, truly worry Every second, I hear, the size of a football field is torn down in the I mean, that kind of stuff really bothers me That s why I write these kinds of songs, you know, to give some sense of awareness and awakening and hope to people I love the Planet I love the trees I have this thing for trees and the colors and the changing of leaves I love it And I respect [...]


    3. When Vogel writes about Jackson, one would do very well to listen If there were a Professorship in Michael Jackson Studies, he would have been the first recipient He is a veritable scientist, tackling Jackson study with the same focused tenacity as a Shakespeare scholar.Several of Vogel s sources are primary and Earth Song Inside Michael Jackson s Magnum Opus , at a short and easily readable 112 pages features first hand interviews with Bill Bottrell, Matt Forger, and Brad Buxer, as well as seco [...]


    4. Albeit a slim volume, Joseph Vogel s in depth examination of Michael Jackson s Earth Song composition, recording and short film is a long overdue tribute to the King of Pop s masterwork.This is the song that producer director Kenny Ortega described as conveying Michael s message to the world it was, fittingly, the last song the superstar rehearsed before his untimely death on 25 June 2009.Vogel documents the birth of the song, the long and complex evolutionary process of recording, layering and [...]


    5. The six and a half minutes piece that materialized over the next 7 years was unlike anything heard before in popular music Social anthems and protest songs had long been part of the heritage of rock but not like this Earth Song was something epic, dramatic, and primal Its roots were deeper its vision panoramic It was a modern day sorrow song haunted by voices of the past a lamentation torn from pages of the Old Testament and apocalyptic prophecy in the tradition of Blake, Yeats and Eliot.It co [...]


    6. This book was amazing I could not put it down once I read it Joe Vogel did a great job finding the right resources needed to explain how this amazing song was born Learning about this song and what Michael Jackson had to go through taught me so much about the mindset of America when it came to popular music back then Even though we have become environmental conscience, unfortunately there are some things I believe have not changed It is affecting music as an art form in our country As an music [...]


    7. This was a pleasure to read I ve read several books about MJ and this was a bit of departure No scandal, not relationships, no drama Just an indepth study of a great work or art.It s a quicker read, if you read it non stop cover to cover, but I read it in front of my laptop and found myself pausing frequently to search You Tube for live performances of Earth Song It enhanced the reading experience for me greatly.The book ends rather abruptly with a pretty serious on stage accident in Munich Germ [...]


    8. An inside look at MJ s magnum opus, Earth Song , a stunning work of many years effort This song was ahead of its time in 1995 Reached 1 in 15 countries worldwide and was not even released as a single in the USA because of corporate gatekeepers and the sense that americans in their mid 90 s excess would not respond well at all to MJ s blistering lamentation at the state of the world Similarly most american music critics took the song video as over the top, which is a blatant misunderstanding of M [...]


    9. Excellent on every level And finally, finally, somebody is doing serious work on MJ s music, something most fans have been waiting for all their lives, I daresay So that, alone, is worth at least a couple of stars Joe Vogel is the author of the upcoming Man in the Music The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson, release date is in early September This essay anticipates what we can expect from the book, choosing to focus on a song that s just like MJ immense and often immensely misunderstood [...]


    10. Author, Joseph Vogel, is perhaps best known for his groundbreaking opus on Michael Jackson Man in the Music The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson, an expansive and holistic dynamic exploration of Jackson s solo adult works from Off the Wall to Invincible and beyond An academic who has essentially built the current landscape of Michael Jackson Studies, any new release from Vogel is worthy of close attention In Earth Song Inside Michael Jackson s Magnum Opus, the first edition published by [...]


    11. Un gran libro Me ha encantado esta cr nica exhaustiva, brillante y bien narrada de c mo se cre , se grab , que significaba y como se represent la canci n de Earth Song de Michael Jackson Consigue darnos una comprensi n m s completa y profunda de esta canci n as como del proceso creativo que segu a del cantante en general un aspecto poco documentado por los medios Se agradecen libros singulares como este que exploren estas facetas m s desconocidas o menos medi ticas del artista.Este libro no deja [...]


    12. Joseph Vogel believes that Earth Song is the best thing that MJ ever recorded Doesn t seem right, does it but he makes a compelling case and now I listen to it with new appreciation I was a bit taken aback by this unusual stance and the passion that carried him to dedicate a whole book to the one track He has done as much homework as one could possibly do in a time relatively scarce on MJ details to give us the background on the song s composition and production eight years of work He s rightly [...]


    13. This account of the conception 1988 , birth 1991 and debut 1995 of the HIStory track, Earth Song, opened my eyes to Michael s musical craftmanship, his incredible collaborations with cream of the crop musicians, and how he used the power of music to convey his ultimate message for the world global social awareness and unity It highlights first hand experiences of musicians who worked with and admired Michael s innate genius they molded and eventually perfected the piece and it strongly shows, wi [...]



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