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VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave

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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.”

Review:

“This is an essential read for anyone who was there or for those who missed it when MTV really meant Music TeleVision. These 5 VJ's were thrown into a completely new format and made it work beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. Mine included.” Rick Springfield

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“At last — the real inside story of the MTV explosion that rocked the world, in all its giddy excess, from the video pioneers who saw all the hair, drugs and guitars up close. VJ is the wild, hilarious, addictive tale of how one crazy moment changed pop culture forever.” Rob Sheffield, New York Times bestselling author of Talking to Girls About Duran Duran

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“In this wry, engaging oral history, the original veejays recount with bemusement — and occasional horror — their meteoric rise during MTV's heady first years. The first chapter commences with a big-haired, big-mouthed David Lee Roth — and from there the rollicking pace never lets up.” Jancee Dunn, co-author of New York Times bestseller Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir

Review:

“There was no such job as a 'VJ' when this unlikely crew was chosen to serve as our hosts at a revolution. Their story is a revealing inside look at the highs, lows, and hairstyles that defined a generation.” Alan Light, author of The Holy or the Broken

Review:

VJ is a near textbook on ingenuity, luck, perseverance, fame, and the adjustment to life post-fame. There are also at least fifteen paragraphs that made me think, 'I can't believe they're actually revealing this!'" Richard Marx

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“For latchkey kids of my generation, the original MTV VJs were the best babysitters we ever had. When our parents weren't looking, they gave us secret glimpses into a better, sexier world. They were the coolest people, on the coolest TV station, with the coolest jobs on the planet. This is their story.” Michael Ian Black, New York Times bestselling author of You’re Not Doing it Right

Review:

“MTV hit the airwaves during the golden age of album rock radio and massive rock touring, and took it all to another level. VJ is a fun and informative ride, told through the eyes of the five people who experienced the MTV phenomenon from the most intimate perspective possible.” Kevin Cronin, REO Speedwagon

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“Crazy days and nights in a different time — Nina, Mark, Alan and Martha will bring it all to life for you. This book is a joyride!” Jane Wiedlen, The Go-Go's

Review:

“Dishy, hilarious, wild, and poignant.” CBS News

Review:

"[A] highly entertaining snapshot of a wild-frontier moment in pop culture." Rolling Stone

Review:

"Nirvana for pop culture fans...a totally tubular testament to the excess of the '80s." Associated Press

About the Author

Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, and Martha Quinn were the first MTV VJs and are all radio hosts on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s Big 80s channel. Nina Blackwood was one of the first MTV VJs and is a radio host on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s Big 80s channel and host of two radio shows nationally syndicated by the United Stations Radio Networks, "Absolutely80s" and "New Wave Nation." Gavin Edwards is the author of five books on music. A contributing editor at Rolling Stone, he has written for The New York Times Magazine, Details, and Wired.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781451678123
Subtitle:
The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave
Author:
Nina Blackwood and Mark Goodman and Alan Hunter and Martha Quinn and Gavin Edwards
Author:
Hunter, Alan
Author:
Goodman, Mark
Author:
Quinn, Martha
Author:
Edwards, Gavin
Author:
Blackwood, Nina
Publisher:
Atria Books
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20130507
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 336 pages Atria Books - English 9781451678123 Reviews:
"Review" by , “This is an essential read for anyone who was there or for those who missed it when MTV really meant Music TeleVision. These 5 VJ's were thrown into a completely new format and made it work beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. Mine included.”
"Review" by , “At last — the real inside story of the MTV explosion that rocked the world, in all its giddy excess, from the video pioneers who saw all the hair, drugs and guitars up close. VJ is the wild, hilarious, addictive tale of how one crazy moment changed pop culture forever.”
"Review" by , “In this wry, engaging oral history, the original veejays recount with bemusement — and occasional horror — their meteoric rise during MTV's heady first years. The first chapter commences with a big-haired, big-mouthed David Lee Roth — and from there the rollicking pace never lets up.”
"Review" by , “There was no such job as a 'VJ' when this unlikely crew was chosen to serve as our hosts at a revolution. Their story is a revealing inside look at the highs, lows, and hairstyles that defined a generation.”
"Review" by , VJ is a near textbook on ingenuity, luck, perseverance, fame, and the adjustment to life post-fame. There are also at least fifteen paragraphs that made me think, 'I can't believe they're actually revealing this!'"
"Review" by , “For latchkey kids of my generation, the original MTV VJs were the best babysitters we ever had. When our parents weren't looking, they gave us secret glimpses into a better, sexier world. They were the coolest people, on the coolest TV station, with the coolest jobs on the planet. This is their story.”
"Review" by , “MTV hit the airwaves during the golden age of album rock radio and massive rock touring, and took it all to another level. VJ is a fun and informative ride, told through the eyes of the five people who experienced the MTV phenomenon from the most intimate perspective possible.”
"Review" by , “Crazy days and nights in a different time — Nina, Mark, Alan and Martha will bring it all to life for you. This book is a joyride!”
"Review" by , “Dishy, hilarious, wild, and poignant.”
"Review" by , "[A] highly entertaining snapshot of a wild-frontier moment in pop culture."
"Review" by , "Nirvana for pop culture fans...a totally tubular testament to the excess of the '80s."
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