Michael Jackson in/as U.S. Popular Culture

Publication year: 2010-2011

On October 1, 2009, the Center for Race Gender hosted the national symposium, “Michael Jackson: Critical Reflection on a Life & a Phenomenon.” Inspired by the rich papers and performances at this event, UC Berkeley professors Tamara Roberts (Department of Music) and Brandi Wilkins Catanese (African American Studies; Department of Theater, Dance, Performance Studies) were invited to edit a special issue of the Journal on Popular Music Studies (vol 23, issue 1) focusing on Michael Jackson’s extensive and transformative cultural production. This exciting issue, “Michael Jackson in/as U.S. Popular Culture,” features a wide variety of topics about and approaches to Jackson’s profound impact on popular culture. The editorial introduction to the volume is also available.