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I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolutionby Craig Marks
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Named One of the Best Books of 2011 by NPR andndash; Spin - USA Today andndash; CNBC - Pitchfork - The Onion - The Atlantic - The Huffington Post andndash; VEVO - The Boston Globe - The San Francisco Chronicle
Remember the first time you saw Michael Jackson dance with zombies in andquot;Thrillerandquot;? Diamond Dave karate kick with Van Halen in andquot;Jumpandquot;? Tawny Kitaen turning cartwheels on a Jaguar to Whitesnake's andquot;Here I Go Againandquot;? The Beastie Boys spray beer in andquot;(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)andquot;? Axl Rose step off the bus in andquot;Welcome to the Jungleandquot;?
Remember When All You Wanted Was Your MTV?
It was a pretty radical idea-a channel for teenagers, showing nothing but music videos. It was such a radical idea that almost no one thought it would actually succeed, much less become a force in the worlds of music, television, film, fashion, sports, and even politics. But it did work. MTV became more than anyone had ever imagined.
I Want My MTV tells the story of the first decade of MTV, the golden era when MTV's programming was all videos, all the time, and kids watched religiously to see their favorite bands, learn about new music, and have something to talk about at parties. From its start in 1981 with a small cache of videos by mostly unknown British new wave acts to the launch of the reality-television craze with The Real World in 1992, MTV grew into a tastemaker, a career maker, and a mammoth business.
Featuring interviews with nearly four hundred artists, directors, VJs, and television and music executives, I Want My MTV is a testament to the channel that changed popular culture forever.
"Music journalists Marks and Tannenbaum vibrantly chronicle the first decade of MTV, the pop culture phenomenon that first rocked television screens 30 years ago. Using over 400 interviews, the authors write that the venture was met with skepticism due to its less than traditional start (auditions for VJs 'reeked of sleaze') and seemingly out-of-control content. However, 'the channel gave a platform to new acts, asking only that they be beautiful or outrageous.' It was entertainment 24/7 and the birth of a new era of excess, big hair, and even bigger budgets. Duran Duran feature prominently for early risquÃ© videos, influencing the hardcore visuals of ZZ Top and MÃ¶tley CrÃ¼e, while black music hit the mainstream with Michael Jackson (and later hip-hop), and women found a powerful icon in the provocative styling of Madonna. At the network, no-holds-barred statements reveal controversy, coke-fueled corporate takeovers, and egotistical stars and ambitious new directors triggering censorship. Still, those interviewed 'almost unanimously looked back at this period with joy and happiness, even if they now regret some of the clothes they wore in the Ã¢Â€Â˜80s.' The sheer entertainment value within these pages is priceless, so count down to a very good time. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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About the Author
Craig Marks was the top editor for two influential music magazines, SPIN and Blender. He is the editor in chief of Popdust.
Rob Tannenbaum has been the music editor at Blender, a columnist at GQ, and has written for The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Details, New York Magazine, Playboy, Spin, and The Washington Post.
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