What did Michael Jackson do in his free time?





 What did Michael Jackson do in his free time?


Michael Jackson was honestly one of the most fascinating human beings. He had a lot of hobbies ranging from dancing, to water-balloon fights and drawing. These are some of the art pieces he made:










This is what he said about his love for art:
“I love to draw—pencil, ink pen—I love art. When I go on tour and visit museums in Holland, Germany or England—you know those huge paintings?—I’m just amazed. You don’t think a painter could do something like that. I can look at a piece of sculpture or a painting and totally lose myself in it. Standing there watching it and becoming part of the scene.”


He was also an avid reader and had a collection of 10,000 or more books. He especially loved reading biographies (ex: Bruce Lee: The Celebrated life of the Golden Dragon) and books about cinematography (ex: The Complete Films of Cecil B. Demille).
This is a quote from Bob Sanger, his lawyer.



And there were places that he liked to sit, and you could see the books with his bookmarks in it, with notes and everything in it where he liked to sit and read. And I can tell you from talking to him that he had a very – especially for someone who was self-taught, as it were, and had his own reading list – he was very well-read. And I don’t want to say that I’m well-read, but I’ve certainly read a lot, let’s put it that way, and I enjoy philosophy and history and everything myself, and it was very nice to talk to him, because he was very intellectual, and he liked to talk about those things. But he didn’t flaunt it, and it was very seldom that he would initiate the conversation like that, but if you got into a conversation like that with him, he was there.


A quote from his brother, Jermaine Jackson:
 
Few people know that my brother was a bookish nerd, always swotting up on some random subject to better his vocabulary, knowledge, or understanding of life. “I love reading. There is a wonderful world to be discovered in books,” he said. Michael’s early reading material concerned Fred Astaire or Elvis, or child stars Shirley Temple or Sammy Davis Junior. In later years, his reading extended from Steven Spielberg to Alfred Hitchcock, President Reagan to President Roosevelt, Malcolm X to Dr Martin Luther King, and Mussolini to Hitler. I doubt many people would have given him credit for the general knowledge he amassed. Except Rose [Fine.] She always taught us that we can learn from the best by following history’s lessons; that it has left the footprints for us to follow. That is why Michael’s autobiography, Moonwalk, starts with a quote from Thomas Edison:
When I want to discover something, I begin by reading up everything that has been done along that line in the past – that’s what all these books in the library are for. I see what has been accomplished at great labor and expense in the past. I gather data of many thousands of experiments as a starting point, and then I make thousands more. “The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.
That quote still stands as the truest reflection of Michael’s approach to his own mastery, and they were the words he actually posted in gold letters to the cloth, coffee brown walls of his sound studio at Hayvenhurst.”


He also had a great love for the cinema and used to watch the whole of Lord of the Rings ON MUTE with his son, Prince, explaining to him directorial decisions like why the camera pans a certain way in one scene and changes in the next, etc. He was actually planning to quit performing after This Is It and pursue his longtime dream of becoming a movie director; he often spoke about this in interviews as early as the ones during Off the Wall era.

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