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Nigel Smith Nigel Smith | 11:35 UK time, Friday, 26 June 2009

If you'd have asked me yesterday I wouldn't have thought that the intersection of Michael Jackson fans and Glastonbury attendees on the great musical Venn diagram would be particularly large but our BBC News colleagues have reported "shock and disbelief" among the drenched hordes here.

Rumours of Jackson's death spread across the Glastonbury site last night and Emily Eavis announced on the official Glastonbury Twitter account that "There will be tributes all over the site all weekend. A truly great artist".

Any guesses at what those tributes might be? I reckon the E-Street Band could pull a pretty tasty Billie Jean out of the bag and I imagine that Jarvis Cocker, ever the showman, will pay his respects in his own particular way.

What are your suggestions?


  • Comment number 1.

    Neil Young has the perfect pitch for a lot of his songs, but I doubt we'll hear Dirty Diana from old Crazyhorse (although how great would that be). I'll plump for Blur doing Say Say Say.

  • Comment number 2.

    Some diarists, poets and artists, like Evelyn Waugh and Michael Jackson, among a host of others, have a taste for exaggeration and fantasy. Indeed, exaggeration appears to be a major problem in our celebrity culture and in autobiography generally. Perhaps this is because, as Oscar Wilde once wrote: Where there is no exaggeration there is no love, and where there is no love there is no understanding. It is only about things that do not interest one--that one can give a really unbiased opinion; and this is no doubt the reason why an unbiased opinion is always valueless.1 -Ron Price with thanks to Oscar Wilde in the magazine Speaker, July, 1891. I think Wilde is a little over the top here, but his words exhibit a clever turn of phrase containing what is often, it seems to me anyway, an important facet of the truth of a question or issue. --Ron Price with thanks to Oscar Wilde in Robin Markowitz's article "Reconstructing Michael Jackson: Close Readings of Pop-Works," Stranger in a Strange Land: Internet Site, April 2004.

    married for 42 years, a teacher for 35 and a Baha'i for 50

  • Comment number 3.

    still can't believe he's not with us. i personally think everybody who knew him should donate a single dollar to a proper organisation to clear his debt for someone who'll live forever.he'll always be remembered. abubakar pakistan

  • Comment number 4.

    He inspired us all. A legend.

    Michael Jackson's Final Madison Square Garden Shows (photos)

  • Comment number 5.

    Absolutely shocked and stunned, feels totally surreal. Im sitting lisening to his songs, but its hard to imagine he is no longer with us. A total legend, irreplacable there will never be another Michael Jackson. May you find peace now that you never found in this lifetime.....godbless michael you will never be forgotten with all our love and dedication Gem,Tony,Amber and Brandon xxxx

  • Comment number 6.

    Michael Jackson was a true legend and changed music forever.Will there ever be a pop star so original? I don't think so!
    Michael has now left our world but he will never be forgotten.
    Rest in peace Michael and godblessXX

  • Comment number 7.

    Echoing all of the above. At Glastonbury and about to go back on site... the effect is widespread and clear for all to see at Glasto.

    Pic of tribute from festival goer on Festival Annual's website:

  • Comment number 8.

  • Comment number 9.

    though micheals family wont read this i had do this , me and micheal were born 4 years and three days apart but some how over the years we seem to have crossed the same paths, when i heard of his death it was like losing a best friend like him i was dancing and singing before i could walk, we have lost a great entertianer and muscial genius, his heart was always for others and many people did not understand him, god bless micheal from your ever lovig fan

  • Comment number 10.

    I'm still very upset about this. I was a huge Michael Jackson fan and this has killed a little part of my childhood. The past few weeks, I have gone back and listened to his albums in order from the Jackson Five "Got to be There" to his latest in 2001 with "Invincible" I sent funeral to Neverland Ranch, and I hope someone read my card and knew how much he affected my life. I think that the autopsy results will show that someone wanted to kill him. Most people around him said he was healthier than ever, preparing for his tour over him, so I just can't understand how this could be an accident!


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