Saturday, September 1, 2012
Michael Jackson: Bad 25
multiple scheduled events this weekend to celebrate and honor his legacy.
Famed director Spike Lee has filmed a Michael Jackson tribute documentary called Bad 25:
“He’s got the perfect balance and soul and science,” producer Quincy Jones said of Michael Jackson, at the conclusion of their work on the album Bad (read TIME’s oral history: The Making of Bad).
Spike Lee’s Bad 25, which has its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival tonight, exactly a quarter-century after its Aug. 31, 1987, release, shows the blend of inspiration and acuity that drove these two perfectionists in creating a worthy successor to their epochal 1982 album Thriller. Jackson said he meant bad “in all good will,” and in that sense the movie isn’t bad, it’s baaad — and great.
My tribute to Michael Jackson is the following post of the entire Off The Wall album. This -- as most of his fans know -- is the first in the trilogy of albums he collaborated with superstar producer Quincy Jones. And to me, this is my sentimental favorite of all three.
MJ happy B-day!