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The Unplugged Adventures Of MTV's First Wave
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.”

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Publish Date

2013

ISBN

9781451678123


Format: Book
Summary: 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."
Title: VJ : the unplugged adventures of MTV's first wave / Nina Blackwood ... [et al.] with Gavin Edwards.
Publisher Date: New York : Atria Books, 2013.
Subject: MTV Networks -- History. Video jockeys -- Biography. BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts. BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs. BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Composers & Musicians
Isbn: 9781451678123 (hbk.) 1451678126 (hbk.)
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System Items Total: 3
Call Number: 791.45611 VJ
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Bib Id: 432130

Format: Book
Summary: 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."
Title: VJ : the unplugged adventures of MTV's first wave / Nina Blackwood ... [et al.] with Gavin Edwards.
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Atria Books, 2013.
Description: xiv, 318 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Subjects: MTV Networks -- History.
Subjects: Video jockeys -- Biography.
Subjects: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts.
Subjects: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs.
Subjects: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Composers & Musicians
Other Author: Blackwood, Nina.
Other Author: Edwards, Gavin, 1968-
Notes: Includes bibliographical references.
LCCN: 2012034425
ISBN: 9781451678123 (hbk.)
ISBN: 1451678126 (hbk.)
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Available Copies: 3
Total Copies: 3
Call Number: 791.45611 VJ