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Subject: Arts: Performing Arts

The Biographies Series: Performing Arts

23 of 51 programs from the The Biographies Series, which offer in-depth and personal studies of celebrated people in Performing Arts. Other focus areas in the series include: History; Photography; Psychology; Click for more

Michael Jackson: A Tribute

Jackson, Michael: Tribute, A

Michael Jackson was the youngest member of the Jackson 5, and as a child his soaring voice ensured that he would become the Jackson brother to watch. Born into a working class family in Gary, Indiana, Michael created music that impacted the world in ways that perhaps even he could never have imagined. But it was not just his unique voice that entranced the public, it was his incredible dance moves, particularly the "Moon Walk," which had audiences at first gasping in disbelief; then, trying to copy. On June 25, 2009, the death of this legendary performer shocked and saddened the world, and as this moving tribute reveals, his ability to touch people through music became even more evident as fans and detractors alike mourned his passing while listening to timeless hits such as, Thriller, Billie Jean, Beat It and Smooth Criminal. A few days after the devastating news of his death, sales of his albums skyrocketed, fans showing the world where they thought Michael Jackson should be - back on top of the album charts. Also, through the cinema and DVD release of This Is It, a documentary of the rehearsals for the "comeback" concerts he had planned for London, Michael transcended death to reach out to his fans, giving them a rare, behind-the-scenes' glimpse of what he was like as a performer, artist and dancer; someone loved by millions, despite - or perhaps because of - his eccentricities. Produced by Switch International. 2013 JSCA 60 min.

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