The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave
Nina Blackwood and Others
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The original MTV VJs offer a behind-the-scenes oral history of the early years of MTV, circa 1981 to 1985, when it was exploding, reshaping the culture, and forming “the MTV generation.”
MTV’s original VJs offer a behind-the-scenes oral history of the early years of MTV, 1981 to 1987, when it was exploding, reshaping the culture, and creating “the MTV generation.”
Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, and Martha Quinn (along with the late J. J. Jackson) had front-row seats to a cultural revolution—and the hijinks of music stars like Adam Ant, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, and Duran Duran. Their worlds collided, of course: John Cougar invited Nina to a late-night “party” that proved to be a seduction attempt. Mark partied with David Lee Roth, who offered him cocaine and groupies. Aretha Franklin made chili for Alan. Bob Dylan whisked Martha off to Ireland in his private jet.
But while VJ has plenty of dish—secret romances, nude photographs, incoherent celebrities—it also reveals how four VJs grew up alongside MTV’s devoted viewers and became that generation’s trusted narrators. They tell the story of the ’80s, from the neon-colored drawstring pants to the Reagan administration, and offer a deeper understanding of how MTV changed our culture. Or as the VJs put it: “We’re the reason you have no attention span.”
From Publishers Weekly
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Essential Pop Culture
They really had no idea what they were getting into. They were there at the beginnings of MTV, when it was Music Television, a kind of 24 hour network that never existed before, and profoundly affected American culture in ways both good and bad. It's difficult to realize the impact MTV had when it was launched from the perspective of today's media rich streaming video internet environment, but the MTV VJ's found themselves becoming the faces of a media revolution when mass media still had mass. This is one of the first corporately unmediated accounts of those early days at MTV and the best to date!
some one needs to make this an audio book i like audio books and i dont have an i pad
This was a surprisingly fun, insightful read that quite literally brought me back to a great period in my own life. Martha, Mark, Nina and Alan are effective and authentic storytellers and this was just a nice, nostalgic read.
Rock on! And R-I-P JJ.