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Nov 7, 2014

Susan Fast is a musicologist and  Professor in the Department of English and Cultural Studies and Director of the Graduate Program in Gender Studies and Feminist Research at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. She is the author of Michael Jackson's Dangerous for Bloomsbury's 33 1/3 series. She has the honor of being the 100th book in the series and coincidentally the first album of Jackson's to be featured. Our discussion includes why so little exploration of Jackson's music exists.

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Michael Jackson's Dangerous (33 1/3):                   

33 1/3 interview with Susan Fast:                                

Slaves to Fashion: Black Dandyism and the Styling of Black Diasporic Identity:

Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson:

Jesse Jackson Interviews Michael Jackson (Radio Interview):  



It's no secret that Michael Jackson made some of his most vital and exciting music in his adult solo career. However, there are some naysayers that claim it was all downhill after Thriller and if they want to be generous, certainly after Bad. I agree with Susan Fast that MJ continued to create great art on the last three studio albums before his untimely death. This week's playlist focuses on this period: Dangerous, HIStory and Invincible. Although there are hits included, I've chosen to represent his rich album tracks that perhaps don't get the attention they deserve. Enjoy!

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