Friday, June 26, 2009
Michael Jackson (1958-2009)
Michael Jackson once told Gotham Chopra, “I don’t want to go out like Marlon Brando. I want to go out like Elvis.”
I remember where I was and what I was doing when Elvis died (listening to KILT-FM; Jim Carrola broke the news, and followed with hours of non-stop, first-class coverage of the Death of the King.)
Michael Jackson was the Elvis of my son’s generation.
He set the gold standard for creativity, showmanship, and marketing savvy in a tough business…he also plumbed the depths of personal weirdness.
Michael Jackson leaves behind a legacy of good and bad, and in the end he indeed went out a combination of the two entertainment icons he identified with. In a way, he was Elvis Brando.