Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Michael Jackson: A New Face in Hell For 2010

Mark Fisher, editor of The Resistible Demise of Michael Jackson has been in touch over the Christmas break with a quick update on the book’s progress. In Germany Westdeutscher Rundfunk has given the book an excellent review both on its website and on radio: the on-air discussion of the book with its reviewer is available by clicking at the bottom of the selected WDR page. Mark also very kindly sent on a link to a Google translation app, which has a rough poetry all of its own:

The Resistible Demise is suggesting to never in embittered cultural pessimism,’ reviewer Uh-Young Kim observes. ‘The authors have read their Marx, Adorno, Deleuze and Negri. But they also bring their own fascination with the genius of Jackson and the beauty of his music - and a detailed knowledge, which brings the nerd in the intellectual to the fore.

The Resistible Demise is one of the best non-fiction on pop long ago. It is his object in scope and excessiveness absolutely fair. And also answered the question about a different death, which lately had often talked about: the death of music journalism. Here he comes to life again, and connect with it the ability and passion to draw criticism and explain life on the basis of a song.’

Such informed enthusiasm might prove helpful to Amazon’s US subscribers, who seem to be having trouble coming to grips with the book. In the meantime the Guardian’s Maggoty Lamb seems to have had a good time with the book as have the majority of its Amazon’s UK customers. As Captain Eo might well have appreciated, it is better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven – until his ride was cancelled of course. It seems, however, that even now Disney is threatening to bring it back again. Small children should be accompanied at all times.

See also:
‘Utter Trash’: The Resistible Demise of Michael Jackson Denounced by Fan
The Resistible Demise of Michael Jackson (They Don’t Really Care About Us)

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