by Andria Lisle
I just got an email from a friend directing me to Lisa Marie Presley's blog post about Michael Jackson's death, which she posted on her MySpace page earlier this week.
The post, titled "He Knew," is sad, sad, sad.
In it, Lisa Marie divulges that her one-time husband told her he knew he was gonna end up like her father, and the "gutted" feeling she's left with as she tries to process his death. Factor in the mythologies of the various players — the King of Rock and Roll and the King of Pop — and it's loaded with all the elements of a Greek tragedy:
As I sit here overwhelmed with sadness, reflection and confusion at what was my biggest failure to date, watching on the news almost play by play The exact Scenario I saw happen on August 16th, 1977 happening again right now with Michael (A sight I never wanted to see again) just as he predicted, I am truly, truly gutted.
Follow this link for the rest of Lisa Marie's post, which details her efforts to save MJ from "the inevitable," and how she nearly lost herself in the process.
I also got an impassioned phone call from Memphis rap pioneer Al Kapone, who heard the news about Jackson's death while he and his family were out shopping for summer clothes. A devotee of Jackson's full oeuvre, Kapone continued to stand by his man long after other fans dropped him like a hot potato.
"Before Run-D.M.C., before LL Cool J, before rap popped off, that's who I looked up to," said Kapone, who recalled doing the "Thriller" routine in South Memphis' Wicks Alley when he was just a kid. "He had the [Jheri] curl, I had to have the [Jheri] curl. He was the person who inspired me to be a performer. Even today, I'm trying to put on a show the way Mike put on a show. I want to be the person who all the women love and who all the guys want to be."
When I asked Kapone how the abuse charges filed against Jackson affected his respect for the singer, he responded, "We are all human, and we all make mistakes. We all go wrong at some point in life.
"So many people missed out on the Invincible album, which was a real musical jewel, because they were caught up in the allegations [against Jackson]," he said. "A lot of people didn't pay attention to the music, which is a shame, because it was current — it wasn't throwback at all. There were some hot joints on there, and people missed it because of the other stuff going on that didn't have anything to do with the music."