The manifesto was found etched on the back of a tour itinerary in Michael's handwriting, and was tucked away in a secret warehouse full of Jackson's belongings that until recently had been completely forgotten about since Michael's untimely death in 2009.In his letter he writes; "MJ will be my new name. No more Michael Jackson. I want a whole new character, a whole new look. I should be a tottally [sic]different person. People should never think of me as the kid who sang "ABC," [or]"I Want You Back. I should be a new, incredible actor/singer/dancer that will shock the world," continuing, "I will do no interviews. I will be magic. I will be a perfectionist, a researcher, a trainer, a masterer [sic]. I will be better than every great actor roped into one."
The new finding may be the catalyst to what was a career like no other, and one that will likely not be emulated any time soon. Later in 1979 the singer released his first solo record, Off The Wall, to great critical and public appreciation and the rest, as they say is history.
Yeah, mission accomplished... like a BOSS!
MJ did the damn thing to death...literally. I want to say that Jackson accomplished more than he dreamed but its clear that he dreamed pretty big. I mean there's nothing else better than perfection. There's no other level higher than master. Michael Jackson wanted to do it bigger and better than anyone ever had before him and he did. But there was one part of those goals that jumped out at me.
He wrote: "MJ will be my new name. No more Michael Jackson. I want a whole new character, a whole new look. I should be a tottally [sic]different person. People should never think of me as the kid who sang "ABC," [or]"I Want You Back. I should be a new, incredible actor/singer/dancer that will shock the world,"
Something about that gives me the impression that he wasn't speaking figuratively.
People have always speculated that the changes in MJ's features were some expression of his inner turmoil in some way. He hated being black or dark skinned or he hated his broad nose and acne laden skin issues or (and this is my personal opinion) he hated his father so much that he didn't want to look like him. He posited back in the 90s that he had the skin disorder vitiligo which was confirmed at his autopsy. But vitiligo doesn't change the shape of eyes, lips, nose or put a pronounced cleft in the chin.
Michael Jackson said he wanted a new character. To be a totally different person. He wanted to distance himself from his younger image. When he said "no more Michael Jackson" he was referring to the cute little boy who sang lead on kiddie bubblegum pop songs. That person was hopelessly stuck in the ways of Motown and the soul and R&B styles of that period in the late 60s and 70s. That person was also tied at the hip with his brothers and even though The Jacksons produced hits after leaving Berry Gordy's record label, it was still a group thing and we all could see that by the late 70s Michael was clearly bigger than his brothers. In order to do the things he wanted to accomplish, he would have to make a clean break from the old ways and that would include his look. Michael Jackson, lead singer of The Jacksons, could never produce a work like Off The Wall and certainly never anything like Thriller or Bad. But MJ could do it. And what other way could he have made MJ emerge without changing his facial features?
Even though the first plastic surgeries to his nose was purportedly for medical reasons, he broke his nose doing a dance move and had breathing issues after the repair, the change to the way his nose looked dovetailed perfectly into his want for new outward persona.
And each progressive change to his eyes, hair, lips and so on was reflected in his music as he moved away from straight R&B to more Rock driven dance hits. In looking back at how he lived his life, it seems to me that Michael walked it like he talked it. Here was a man who had very specific goals and plans and part of that plan was to make a conscious effort to move away from his younger look.