Joel Vogel’s Essay For The National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress On Michael Jackson’s Thriller

Joe Vogel’s Thriller Article – Library of Congress .. MUST READ –


Sources: Joel Vogel | Edited By All Things Michael


Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” changed the trajectory of music-the way it sounded, the way it felt, the way it looked, the way it was consumed. Only a handful of albums come anywhere close to its seismic cultural impact: the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper,” Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon,” Nirvana’s “Nevermind.”Yet “Thriller” remains, by far, the best-selling album of al l time. Current estimates put U.S. sales at close to 35 million, and global sales at over 1 10 million.


Its success is all the more remarkable given the context.  In 1982, the United States was still in the midst of a deep recession as unemployment reached a four-decade high ( l 0.8 percent). Record companies were laying people off in droves.  Top 40 radio had all but died, as stale classic rock (AOR) dominated the airwaves.  Disco had faded.  MTV was…

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