What will Joe Jackson's legacy be

Joe Jackson: The legend with the belt

Los Angeles. (cb) He was a patriarch in the oldest sense. Joseph Jackson made his family world famous, and he did it with an iron hand. The music manager died of cancer in Los Angeles on Wednesday at the age of 89.

Joseph Jackson was born in Arkansas in 1928 and found work as a steelworker and crane operator. He and his wife, Katherine, moved to Gary, Indiana, and they had ten children. Five of them should soon provide for a living. Jackson recognized the musical talent of his sons and first founded the trio "The Jackson Brothers" with his elders Jackie, Tito and Jermaine. Because the soul talent was still spread, the band with the brothers Marlon and Michael was expanded to the "Jackson 5". Especially Michael, the youngest, moved more and more into the spotlight. His mixture of cute and radically precise musicality inspired the world in the 60s and 70s - and concealed the fact that the musicians' performances were often forced by the father by force.

Michael Jackson, who had long since matured into a superstar on his own, said in the early 1990s that he had lived in constant fear of being punished with his father's belt. Only recently, Sister Janet Jackson - "inspired" by the approaching death of her father - complained about the bad relationship with the man who had always taught her that she was "too ugly" to be successful. The father and manager in personal union had always emphasized that he wanted to keep his children from prison with his violent upbringing.

The methods may have been questionable, but one can appreciate Jackson's flair for the sound of his time and the far-reaching consequences for pop culture that his son Michael in particular was supposed to trigger. Civil rights activist Al Sharpton said, "May history correct its legacy." His granddaughter Paris Jackson, daughter of Michael, also wrote on Instagram: "You were the legend that started it all."