Ten years on from his death, these acclaimed and award-winning authors touch on what his legacy and music mean today, and what his life tells us about our culture as a whole.
They discuss what Jackson’s life and music can tell us about society, inequality and race, both then and now.
Winner of a Pulitzer Prize and author of the 2016 Baillie Gifford-shortlisted Negroland, Margo Jefferson has long been hailed for her groundbreaking writing on African-American culture.
In her latest book, On Michael Jackson, published the year he would have turned 60, she turns her razor-sharp mind on the many guises of the King of Pop, charting his rise and fall from the emergence of a dazzling childhood star to the height of his fame and genre-bending musical innovations, to his trial and final performances. Written with sensitivity and penetrating historical depth, this is a definitive account of a pivotal cultural figure.
Jefferson is in conversation with Reni Eddo-Lodge, the Jhalak Prize-winning and bestselling author of Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race.