Michael Jackson – Rolling Stone Article

Posted by The G on July 26, 2009 under G Reviews | 4 Comments to Read

"The King of POOP is dead!"   photo by G

"The King of POOP is dead!" photo by G

Rolling Stone magazine’s latest cover story is on Michael Jackson.  I posted a street art sticker I found about Michael, since Rolling Stone picked the most horrible photo they could find (see below) for this non-event article that might tell you a thing or two that you didn’t know, but only if you’ve been trapped in a cave in Somalia for the last month.  It appears that Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone are in a race for the championship in which magazine can suck the most.  What do you think?

The one interesting thing about the Michael Jackson article, is they mention his jealousy and competition with singer Prince multiple times.  Their rivalry started when Prince refused to duet with Michael on the song “Bad,” in 1988, which I think was a “good” move for Prince.  Michael ended up agreeing to perform 31 shows at the O2 Arena in London, just to have 10 more under his belt than Prince and when his handlers told Michael to stop writing songs and get some rest to prepare for rehearsals for the tour that never happened, Michael reportedly told them, “if I don’t soak up this divine gift and write these songs down, Prince will get it.” It was unclear if he said “sh’mon” after that.

I think it was the meds talking.

Let’s recap: Drugs are bad. Michael Jackson has a song and album called bad. Jealousy is bad. This magazine cover is bad. This magazine used to be good, but now it’s bad.

Rolling Stone with the worst picture imaginable of Michael Jackson.  Out now!

Rolling Stone with the worst picture imaginable of Michael Jackson. Out now!

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  • imago said,

    Prince will get it?

    I don’t understand that statement. Also, who are Rolling quoting as the source of those statements.

    I always though MJ had sort of a crush on Prince. Or was semi-inspired by Prince. I mean, I don’t care what the official reasons for the song are, but Dirty Diana is obviously a Darlin Nikki rippoff.
    Additionally many of MJ’s later stylings looked like Prince outfits gone horribly wrong.

    I would imagine Prince was influenced by MJ early on too though.

    I just don’t think they were actually ‘rivals’. MJ pretty much had the commercial aspects of the music industry cornered. Prince was releasing material that was so far beyond anything MJ’s albums could match in breath and complexity of themes, I highly doubt either artist would have been threatened tremendously by the other.

    But then again, I may just be projecting my own prejudices here.

  • The G said,

    I think MJ was referring to soaking up the divine source of inspiration and striking while the iron is hot so that “the divine” doesn’t skip over MJ and send all that creativity to Prince instead. Clearly, the meds were hard at work…

  • The G said,

    I kinda thought that Prince and Michael were sort of in competition in the 80s, perhaps because they had megahits with Purple Rain and Thriller, respectively, and perhaps the general public thought the same thing. Upon MJ’s death, it’s clear that they were not even in the same league. MJ was entertaining the world since he was a child and Prince came along so much later, so the “rivalry” sort of seems silly. Also, people are put off by Prince so there are a lot of people who never liked him, but it seems (and it has become clear upon MJ’s passing) that at some point in everyone’s life, even if it was just for one song, the entire world loved MJ. I love ’em both, even though sometimes I wanna bitch slap one of them. 🙂

  • Gail said,

    Oh come on G, that is FAR from the worst photo of MJ they could have run. For example, what about this mortifying horrorshow:


    I ask yez.