In January 1980, Michael Jackson was 21. He had not yet released "Thriller," nor had he been crowned King of Pop or inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But even then, he seemed to have a sense of the legacy he was building and the icon he would become.
The interview is a strange one. As Pidgeon explains in an essay on his website, Jackson had requested that any questions put to him had to first be relayed through his 13-year-old sister, Janet, even though they were all sitting across the same glass-topped table.