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During Phase 2, the Beauregard Parish Library is open with limited hours and limited services. Additional details can be seen here. Within those limitations, further closures may become necessary on short notice due to staff shortages. We will update our social media accounts in those instances. Patrons are also welcome to call 337-463-6217 x 0 during the DeRidder branch's open hours for the most recent updates on branch openings. Computer use is limited and by appointment only. Patrons can schedule appointments online here or by calling 337-463-6217 or in-person by asking a library clerk. Appointments are set at 45-minute intervals. No consecutive appointments for 1 person.

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Biography and Music of Michael Jackson

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Pop superstar Michael Jackson was born on this day (August 29) in 1958. Though Jackson died in 2009, his music still lives on. Beauregard Parish Library brings you several different resources, including music you can keep, if you want to know more about Jackson.

Library Catalog

Our online catalog is available here. If you want materials about Jackson you can check out from the physical library, try the following search string:

Subject: Michael Jackson

Freegal Music

Freegal music service is available to all Beauregard Parish Library card holders in good standing with electronic services accounts. Card holders log in with their library card numbers and electronic services password to download three DRM-free MP3s every week. That means this is legal music you get to keep! Freegal has also recently added downloadable videos, but those count as two downloads instead of one.

Freegal has the following for Michael Jackson albums and videos.

Please note: Users can browse content without being logged in to Freegal, but to preview audio and video, they must be logged in.

Biography from EBSCO: Biography Collection Complete database

Jackson, Michael Joseph, 1958–2009, American performer, b. Gary, Ind. Jackson was an extremely successful pop singer, superb dancer, and talented composer who often conveyed an androgynous image and ambiguous sexuality. Offstage, he became known for various alleged eccentricities, for his sharp business acumen, and for a physical appearance that changed radically over the years—his body becoming rail-thin, his skin progressively whitening, and his facial features undergoing marked changes.

As a child in the 1960s and 70s he was the dominant voice and youngest member of the Jackson Five, a pop group that included five brothers and scored its first big hit in 1969. A decade later, with his solo albums Off the Wall (1979), and the even more successful Thriller (1982), which sold over 30 million copies, Michael Jackson became one of the world's leading musical stars. He created a unique style that mingled rhythm and blues with pop and became widely known as the "King of Pop." Jackson also did much to usher in the era of pop celebrity, becoming famous for his packed concerts, his glittering military-style outfits, his sequined white glove, and his "moonwalk" dance steps. His recording success continued with the albums Bad (1987) and Dangerous (1991), both of which sold over 20 million copies.

In 1993 Jackson was charged in a civil suit with sexual abuse of a minor, a charge he denied. The suit was settled out of court in 1994, and no criminal charges were filed. Jackson's much-publicized double album HIStory (1995) was criticized as petty, maudlin, and paranoid and garnered comparatively disappointing sales. Reaction to his next album, Invincible (2001), was mixed. Jackson was indicted in another sexual abuse case in 2004. The trial, in 2005, was marked by sensational testimony and spellbound media coverage, and ended in Jackson's acquittal on all charges. Subsequently, he largely disappeared from public view, but was in rehearsal for a comeback tour when he died.

Source: Michael Joseph Jackson. (2013). Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th Edition, 1

Posted Thursday August 29, 2013 11:00am

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