Kenneth Partridge Contributor

Terry Lewis, Janet Jackson and Jimmy Jam in 1987.

Jimmy Jam Opens Up About the Making of Janet Jackson's 'Rhythm Nation 1814'

In 1989, as the world was going to hell, Janet Jackson was coming into her own. The pop star's ascent and the planet's downward slide intersected neatly on Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814, a socially conscious, sonically adventurous, commercially massive album released 30 years ago on Sept. 19, 1989.