Wayne Dyer on Michael Jackson (Interview from 2009): “He [Michael Jackson] personally was responsible for cutting the number of people starving to death on this planet in half in the 1980s & 1990s.” “This was a beautiful human being [Michael Jackson].. This was a great man.”
“All In Your Name” [Official Music Video] – Michael Jackson Featuring Barry Gibb.
Released by Barry Gibb on Dec 19, 2011:
“Michael Jackson and I were the dearest of friends, thats simply what it was. We gravitated towards the same kind of music and we loved collaborating and he was the easiest person to write with. The more we got to know each other the more those ideas entwined and it all came to this song “All in Your Name”.
“All in Your Name” is infact the message that Michael wanted to send out to all of his fans all over the World that he did it all for them and for the pure love of music. I hope and pray that we all get to hear it in its entirety. This experience i will treasure forever.
Recorded & Filmed at Middle Ear Studios in December 2002. All footage was shot by Ashley Gibb on a high 8 camera. There is over 2 hours of footage.”- Barry Gibb
Michael Jackson’s Art and Studio, Revealed for the First Time
The interior of Michael Jackson’s art studio, which he shared with friend and artist Brett-Livingstone Strong
See more photos in “Michael Jackson Art: An Exclusive Look at the Musician’s Drawings and Paintings.”
Until now, Michael Jackson’s art collection was shrouded in mystery. It was said to be stuck in a legal dispute over possession. Then, people speculated that buyers such as Cirque du Soleil’s Guy Laliberté were interested. It’s been valued at the staggering (and slightly unbelievable) sum of $900 million.
One crucial fact: Jackson’s art collection isn’t art by other people — it’s mainly drawings and paintings that he created himself. So what does that art look like?
Yesterday, LA Weekly was the first to visit the (until now) top-secret Santa Monica Airport hangar that Jackson used as his studio and art storehouse. The collection is currently owned by Brett-Livingstone Strong, the Australian monument builder and Jackson’s art mentor through the years, in conjunction with the Jackson estate.
Though the entire art collection has been mired in disputes and battles for rights, Strong claims that he is working with everybody — the family, the estate, as well as others — to exhibit and publish as much of Jackson’s work as possible.
According to Strong, he and Jackson formed an incorporated business partnership in 1989, known as the Jackson-Strong alliance. This gave each partner a fifty-percent stake in the other’s art. In 2008, Strong says, Jackson requested that his attorney sign the rights to Jackson’s portion of the art over to Strong. Now, Strong is beginning to reveal more and more of the art as he goes ahead with Jackson’s dream of organizing a museum exhibit.
Some of Jackson’s original drawings hanging on the wall. Prints of these were donated to the L.A. Children’s Hospital.
Strong gave us a tour of the hangar, beginning with the Michael Jackson monument that Strong and Jackson co-designed several years ago. It’s perhaps bombastic, but designed with good intentions and the rabid Jackson fan in mind. Strong explains, “He wanted his fans to be able to get married at a monument that would have all of his music [in an archive, and playing on speakers], to inspire some of his fans.”
The current design is still in the works, but it’s conceived as an interactive monument — fans who buy a print by Jackson will receive a card in the mail. They can scan this card at the monument, and then have a computer organize a personal greeting for them, or allow them to book it for weddings. Jackson initially thought it would be perfect for Las Vegas, but Strong says that Los Angeles might have the honor of hosting it — apparently, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa recently paid a visit and made a few oblique promises.
As for Jackson’s art, the contents of the hangar barely scratched the surface of the collection, as Strong estimates Jackson’s total output at 150 to 160 pieces. A few large pieces hanging on the walls had been donated as reproductions to the L.A. Children’s Hospital last Monday, along with other sketches and poems.
In all of his art, certain motifs kept cropping up: chairs (usually quite baroque), gates, keys and the number 7. His portrait of Bubbles, his pet chimpanzee, shows a monkey-like face vanishing into a cushy, ornate lounge chair. “He loved chairs,” says Strong. “He thought chairs were the thrones of most men, women and children, where they made their decisions for their daily activity. He was inspired by chairs. Rather than just do a portrait of the monkey, he put it in the chair. And you see, there are a few sevens — because he’s the seventh child.”
Jackson, who was a technically talented artist — and completely self-taught — fixated on these motifs, elevating everyday objects into cult symbols. Strong added that Jackson’s sketchbooks are completely filled with studies of his favorite objects, in endless permutations.
MJ’s portrait of George Washington — he initially planned to do a series of all of the presidents, but never continued it.
But Jackson also created portraits: a small sketch of Paul McCartney, and a large drawing of George Washington, created as Strong was working with the White House to commemorate the bicentennial of the Constitution back in 1987. He also sketched self-portraits — one as a humorous four-panel drawing charting his growing-up process, and a darker one that depicts him as a child cowering in a corner, inscribed with a sentence reflecting on his fragility.
As an artist, Jackson preferred using wax pencils, though Strong adds, “He did do a lot of watercolors but he gave them away. He was a little intimidated by mixing colors.” Some surviving pencils are archived in the hangar; Strong moves over to a cabinet on the far wall of the hangar and pulls out a ziploc bag containing a blue wax pencil, a white feathered quill and a white glove that Jackson used for drawing.
Jackson turned to art as times got hard for him. “His interest in art, in drawing it, was just another level of his creativity that went on over a long period of time,” Strong says. “It was quite private to him. I think he retreated into it when he was being attacked by those accusations against him.” The sketches and drawings certainly reveal an extremely sensitive creator, though it’s clear that Jackson also had a sense of humor.
Jackson’s art was kept under wraps for such a long time simply because of the scandal, which erupted right around the time that he was looking for a way to publicize the works. “A lot of his art was going to be exhibited 18 years ago. Here’s one of his tour books, where he talks about exhibiting art. He didn’t want it to be a secret,” Strong says, pointing at a leaflet from the 1992 Dangerous World Tour.
Prior to that period, Jackson and Strong had met and become fast friends. This marked the beginning of Strong’s mentorship, in which he encouraged Jackson to create bigger paintings and drawings, and exhibit his work. The idea behind their Jackson-Strong Alliance was that Strong would help Jackson manage and exhibit his art. Notably, the alliance birthed Strong’s infamous $2 million portrait of Michael Jackson entitled The Book, the only known portrait Jackson ever sat for.
In 1993, everything blew up. At the time, Jackson and Strong were both on the board of Big Brothers of Los Angeles (now known as Big Brothers Big Sisters), a chapter of the national youth mentoring organization established in L.A. by Walt Disney and Meredith Willson. They had planned out a fundraising campaign involving Jackson’s art. Strong explains, “We thought that if we would market [his art] in limited edition prints to his fans, he could support the charities that he wanted to, rather than have everybody think that he was so wealthy he could afford to finance everybody.” When the scandal erupted, Disney put a freeze on the project. The artwork stayed put, packed away from public eyes in storage crates.
As for the spectacular appraisal of $900 million for Jackson’s art collection, Strong says that it derives from the idea of reproducing prints as well. The figure was originally quoted by Eric Finzi, of Belgo Fine Art Appraisers. “The reason somebody came out with that was because there was an appraisal on if all of his originals were reproduced — he wanted to do limited editions of 777 — and he would sell them to his fan base in order to build his monument, support kids and do other things. You multiply that by 150 originals, and if they sold for a few thousand dollars each, then you would end up with 900 million dollars.” Fair enough, though now Strong says he has gone to an appraiser in Chicago to get that value double-checked, and they arrived at an even higher estimate.
The story of Jackson’s art ends up being quite a simple one, though confused by so much hearsay and rumor. Strong and the Jackson estate will slowly reveal more works as time passes, and an exhibit is tentatively planned for L.A.’s City Hall. Negotiations with museums for a posthumous Jackson retrospective are still underway, but Strong has high hopes. He’s even talking of building a Michael Jackson museum that would house all of Jackson’s artwork.
Jackson’s sketch of the White House doors, to which he added the following quote from John Adams: “I pray heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this house and all that shall inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men [MJ’s addition:] or women rule under this roof.”
We’ll leave you with Strong’s own description of Jackson at work, during the time where they shared a studio in a house in Pacific Palisades:
He was in a very light and happy mood most of the time. He would have the oldies on, and sometimes he’d hear some of his Jackson Five songs. He’d kind of move along to that, but most of the time he would change it and listen to a variety of songs. He liked classical music. His inspiration to create was that he loved life, and wanted to express his love of life in some of these simple compositions.
I came to the studio one day, and we had a Malamute. I came into the house, and I heard this dog barking and thought, Wow, I wonder what that is. I go into the kitchen, and I couldn’t help but laugh when I see Michael up in the pots and pans in the middle of the center island. He’s holding a pen and paper and the dog is running around the island and barking at him, and he says, “He wants to play! He wants to play!” He’s laughing, and I’m laughing about it as I’m thinking to myself, “I’m wondering how long he’s been up there.”
Michael Jackson’s dedication to art: so strong that he’ll end up perched on a kitchen island.
In 2002, Michael Jackson and Barry Gibb worked on a song “All In Your Name”. It was never released. Barry Gibb released the song June 2011, in tribute to Michael.
♥ Feb 20, 2008 MICHAEL JACKSON song “Got The Hots” (Unreleased Thriller Session 1982) was only released on Japan Thriller 25 ♥
♥ On February 20, 2008 Michael Jackson’s song “Got The Hots” (Unreleased Thriller Session 1982) was only released on Japan Thriller 25:
- January 5 :
Michael had dinner with Kenny Ortega at the Wynn Restaurant in Las Vegas.
- January 24 :
Michael had dinner with casino mogul Steve Wynn in a private room at Alex restaurant at the Wynn in Las Vegas.
- January 26 :
Michael attended Lance Burton’s 7 p.m. show (Monte Carlo) with his children and Grace.
- January 27 :
Michael had dinner with Kenny Ortega, UK producer Simon Fuller & US journalist Robin Leach at Wing Lei (Wynn)
- January 28 :
Michael took Prince, Paris & Blanket to see the High School Musical at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
- February 3 :
Michael attended the Beatles Love musical at the Mirage.
- February 13 :
Michael took Prince, Paris & Blanket to a shopping spree at the FAO Schwarz of the Forum shops at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Later Michael hosted a big party for Prince 10th birthday.
- February 17 :
Janet, Rebbie, Jermaine, Marlon, Randy, Jackie & Leonard Rowe visited Michael at this Las Vegas home and asked him to reunite with The Jacksons and tour America.
Over the NBA’s All-Star weekend, Michael, Will I Am & Chris Tucker attended a performance of Prince at his club 3121 in L.V.
- February 18 :
Michael & Will I Am worked on music together.
- February 21 :
Michael took Prince, Paris & Blanket to the World Magic Seminar Show at the Orleans Showroom in L.V. Later Michael hosted a big party for Blanket’s 5th birthday.
- February 27 :
Michael gave a deposition for the Ayscough & Marar lawsuit.
Michael arrived in Tokyo with his children and he asked the fans to take part in an art design contest to be used on his upcoming website for the Michael Jackson Company. He was joined by Raymone Bain, Katherine Jackson & Mark Lester.
- March 7 :
Michael took his kids to Disneyland Tokyo.
Michael attended the ‘Premium VIP Party with Michael Jackson’ in Tokyo.
- March 9 :
Michael attended a fan appreciation event in Tokyo.
Michael visited with about 3,000 US troops and their family members gathered at a fitness center at Camp Zama in the south of Tokyo.
- March 14 :
Michael & his entourage left Tokyo and flew to London.
They visited Mark Lester and his family in Cheltenham.
- March 21 :
- April 3 :
Michael took Paris, Prince and Blanket to the FAO Schwarz Toy Store at the Forum Shops in Caesars Palace (Las Vegas). Afterwards they went to the Wynn Hotel for lunch at “Wing Lei” Chinese Restaurant before going home, where a party was thrown for Paris 9th birthday.
- May 4 :
Michael went to see “Spider Man 3” at Brenden Theatres (Palms) in Las Vegas.
- May 22 :
Michael arrived in London on a flight from Los Angeles with Grace & the kids.
- May 25/26 :
Michael attended Prince Azim of Brunei 25th birthday celebration at the Stapelford country club in Leicestershire.
- June 1 :
Michael, his children and Grace left London and flew back to Los Angeles.
- June 6 :
Michael took Prince, Paris & Blanket to a private, two-hour tour of “Bodies … The Exhibition” and “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” at the Tropicana in Las Vegas.
- June 7 :
Michael took Prince, Paris & Blanket to the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum in Las Vegas.
- June 18 :
Michael’s lawyers settled a lawsuit brought by Prescient Acquisition that was seeking $48 million. The confidential settlement was signed by the Judge just as jury selection is set to begin in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.
- June 25 :
Michael’s lawyers agreed to a judgment directing him to pay $216,000, plus interest to The law firm of Ayscough & Marar that sued him for overdue fees
- June 27 :
Raymone Bain issued a press release to deny several false rumors about Michael & Grace and she revealed that he is currently in the studio putting finishing touches on his music. She also stated that he has not “left” Las Vegas nor is he being “evicted” from his residence in Las Vegas. Michael decided not to exercise the option to purchase the house he’s been staying in since last December.
- July 3 :
Raymone confirmed that Michael was scouting out some summer- house properties. He was in the Eastern Shore of Maryland last week for about 24 hours.
Michael came to the east coast with his children about 10 days ago to attend some meetings with his advisers and attorneys who live in the East coast.
- July 18 :
Michael took Prince, Paris & Blanket to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space and American Indian museums in Washington DC.
- July 25 :
Michael went to the law offices of Venable LLP in Washington to give a deposition in the $30 million lawsuit brought by his former manager, Dieter Wiesner. He was accompanied his attorney, William Mundell and Wiesner by his partner Ronald Konitzer and his attorney: Howard King.
- August 29 :
- September 13 :
Michael arrived in New York City with his children and Grace.
- September 14 :
Michael met stylist Rushka Bergman at the Four Seasons Hotel in N.Y.
- September 15 :
Michael made a photo shoot at the Boylan Studios for an upcoming cover of Italian L’Uomo Vogue magazine with photographer Bruce Weber.
- September 16 :
Michael took Prince, Paris & Blanket to see ‘The Long King’ at the Minskoff Theatre in NYC.
- September 24 :
Michael made a photo shoot for the upcoming cover of Ebony magazine at the Harlem museum with photographer Matthew Rolston. Raymone Bain attended the photoshoot.
- September 25 :
Michael (with Blanket by his side) gave an interview to Harriete Cole for his upcoming Ebony cover story.
Los Angeles Judge Joseph S. Biderman dismissed the Dieter Wiesner case. The parties agreed to take part in the settlement discussions weeks ago. After a friendly deposition of Michael Jackson, the parties agreed to dismiss not only parts of the claims, but the entire case.
- October 3 :
- October 31 :
Access Hollywood aired a preview of Michael’s photo shoot for Ebony magazine.
Michael & his children celebrated Halloween at the Cascio family home in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.
- November 7 :
Michael and his children arrived in Los Angeles.
Michael attended Reverend Jesse Jackson’s 66th Birthday Bash at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in the company of Berry Gordy and Larry King among others.
Michael’s issue of Ebony magazine celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Thriller hit the news stands in the US.
- November 15 :
Michael & Grace went shopping in L.A.
- November 22 :
Michael & his children celebrate Thanksgiving in L.A.
- December 1 :
Michael went shopping at Sharper Image in Beverly Hills.
- December 15 :
Michael took Prince, Paris & Blanket to a shopping spree in Las Vegas. They recently came back to the city staying at the PALMS Hotel & Casino
Michael appeared on the cover of Jet magazine.
- December 24/25 :
Michael celebrated Christmas with Prince, Paris & Blanket in Las Vegas.
- December 27 :
Both Michael and Raymone enter into a “Payment and Release Agreement” terminating her employment as Michael’s manager and president of the MJ Company against the payment of $488,820.05.
- December 31 :
The loan on the Sony/ATV music catalog was refinanced which provided 25 millions dollars in cash to Michael.