Pop culture is losing its living icons

26 06 2009

Slowly but surely they all die at some point, we all know that is going to happen but it’s always sad when it does. That doesn’t mean they will stop being icons for what they did and represent but it’s still sad that they are not living in our time here anymore. And you can’t help, or at least I can’t help, to feel happy that you were able to see such personality evolve in his/hers business and change things around in what he/she did. Weather you liked Michael Jackson or not you can’t deny two things: one is that the man had a lot of talent and a special gift for melodies, songwriting, performing and staging his moves throughout his career. He could have wasted all away but he knew how to capitalize on it and make himself huge based on talent and smart marketing moves. The second is that we all knew that he had a troubled childhood that probably fucked him up as an adult. And we all know that even if he never molested any child he was clearly a fucked up individual. But most of the people that seem to be able to do something unique, special and great don’t seem to be regular folks anyway. I can admire a character on a Bruce Springsteen song but at the end of the day I don’t think I want to be like that character, I want to be like the artist that is singing that song.

Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson are all gone. And so is George Harrison and Paul Newman. Thank God for Paul McCartney and Madonna for still being here, weather you like them or not is kind of exciting that they are still around and vital. I don’t want to live in a world where a pop culture’s current biggest living figures are reality stars or bullshit celebrities. Anyway, it’s always sad to see people go.

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