Cox 1 Kaitlyn Cox Dr. Shelley Music 212 9 December 2019 Final Paper Michael Jackson’s music was culturally relevant to the history of music and dance. Many people know and refer to Michael Jackson as the “King of Pop.” His music held true to his title as king. Jackson’s wild imagination and incredible musical talents solidified that title and his place in history. His childhood fed his imagination as an adult. Michael Jackson was in the family band called the “Jackson 5” however the fame came at a cost. Micheal’s father would abuse him and the rest of the band if they made a mistake or did something wrong, causing Michael to strike out on his own and become a solo artist. Back in the 1980’s most music videos were merely visual promotions for the artists. However, Jackson's videos for songs like "Billie Jean" and "Thriller" revolutionized and revitalized the music video genre. He made the moonwalk a worldwide phenomenon. His dances helped add character to the song and depth to the music Though Michael Jackson's childhood was nothing of the glitz and glamour he later experienced in life, Michael’s culture, determination, music and dance made him the true king of pop. Famous artist's childhoods can be exhausting and tiring when they are growing up and becoming adults. Michael Jackson’s childhood was a heartbreaking journey. Michael was in a family band called the “Jackson 5” and before he was even a teenager he became an idol. The band became very well-known because Michael was the youngest boy-soprano and that made the Jackson 5 the talk of their hometown. Sadly, even though people might have thought Michael
Cox 2 had it all, they were wrong. Michael had a successful career ahead of him even before he was of high-school age. He had it all the fame and fortune, but his childhood came with a price. Michael would get abused by his father. His father did not care about his children, or even let them have their childhood. Five out of the nine children would get abused more because they were a part of the Jackson 5. “He would subject his children to anything, both good or bad, to achieve fame and fortune” (Bertram). Michael's childhood consisted of recording in a studio with his brothers. He did not have any friends because he was not allowed to go outside and have fun. Michael had to be perfect for his father or else he would beat him. He had no choice but to stay in the studio for hours rehearsing. The Jackson 5 rose to fame quickly. The group was discovered by Mowtown Records causing them to become more popular backed by a record company. They were producing hit after hit like, “ABC” and “I’ll Be There.” Soon after this rise of fame led to a rise of abuse. In an interview, Michael said, “I never had the chance to do the fun things kids do” (Bertram). Later when Michael became older he created an amusement park in his backyard and named it after Peter Pan. He did this because, “Pan was a boy who could fly and never grows up. “I totally identify with Peter Pan, the lost boy from Never Neverland” (Bertram). His obsession
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