The Death of Michael Jackson


Elvis Presley’s manager is reputed to have said ‘good career move‘ on hearing the news of the death of the fading star.  In the wake of the bill topping Michael Jackson ‘Death Event’, one might be forgiven for thinking the same thing.

The wall to wall footage on the various news programmes was all so predictable. The gathering crowds, statements from shocked colleagues as stars and politicians tearfully recounted their moments with ‘Michael’.  Shots of dark limousines with tinted windows pulling up and ejecting beautiful though solemn looking celebrities, constant images of crying fans depositing flowers on footpaths. Police tape, satellite units and the worlds media camping outside his home. One intellectual giant from Sky news wondered if this meant the upcoming London concerts would be cancelled! The whole merry go round dragged out for days until finally I guess like all the rest of us who ‘shuffle off this mortal coil’ there was nothing more to be done except bury him. And what a burial it was. The biggest show of all time. Audience figures in the billions. Tickets might even be sold! More satellite units, more media scrums, and more blanket news coverage. More pomp and more ceremony. More flowers and more tears, and long after the circus is over, more record sales!

The King of Pop is dead. Long live his royalties .

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About Ronan Gallagher

Writer and Film-maker living and working in Leitrim in the North West of Ireland. View all posts by Ronan Gallagher

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