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The Seven Ages Of MJ

Our greatest entertainer embodied every dark speck of our time

The Seven Ages Of MJ
Illustration by Manjula Padmanabhan
The Seven Ages Of MJ
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Lifestyle hacks who make a living out of celebrity, crime, scandal, sexuality and fashion soon figure out there are about seven types of stories that help you survive cut-throat edit meetings and the questioning eyebrows of a newsmagazine editor. You can handle the irrepressible sniggers that float up upon suggestions of 'serious' entertainment stories if you memorise Shakespeare's As You Like It. The Seven Ages of Man are the basic steps to move fluidly in the back of the book and then, as the story goes, All the world's a stage.

In Michael Jackson, both alive and dead, contemporary lifestyle journalism—American and global—found everything it needed to move from the back pages to cover stories. Choose your topic and Jackson worked as the 'Thriller' in each one. Extreme celebrity and dizzying fame for hungry tabloids. A messy combination of dedication, passion and prodigious talent. Conspicuous consumption and obsessive, made-to-order luxury. Androgyny, sexiness in asexuality, metrosexuality. Severe accidents and a burnt...
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