Yes - Great behind the scenes stories of all the crazy times during the music/music video revolution.
loved all the direct quotes and stories from the bands and MTV executives that were there during the birth of MTV
So many great stories cant pick one.
I laughed out loud in my car several times while listening to the book - cant remember that happening before and I have listened to at least 100 books
If you love the 80's, MTV, Music, or all of the above this is a must have book!
This book, and especially the narrator, are great and I highly recommend it. The amount of quotes from the people who were involved give new insight. I didn't buy it to reminisce about the eighties but that's also what happened. MTV played such a big part in the culture that as the stories go by that you recall how it affected you.
It's also very interesting to get the inside scoop on what really happened. Why decisions were made. Of course it makes sense, but it's somewhat depressing how many big changes, that affected you as an MTV fan at the time, were just business decisions.
Finally, it was a bit slow at first. It takes some getting used to the format, which is editorial content then a bunch of quotes on the same theme. But once it hits its stride, and I got used to it, I really looked forward to hearing more. Sad it's over now....
this made me nostalgic Pharrell the old videos and VJs that I grew up with. I found myself pausing the book and going to YouTube and remembering the videos that they're discussing. and seriously, who didn't have a fucking crush on Martha Quinn! what a babe lol
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This book is a fascinating and profane account of MTV (definitely not for children). If you had any illusions about the people and bands who made MTV what it is today they will be shattered.
It is a fascinating account of the birth and slow aging of MTV. I was a freshman in college and remember the earliest days of MTV well. It was the most incredible media creation of its time. I met Mark Goodman at a fan event with Peter Wolf and thought I was meeting two stars, that is how big the on-air talent was.
For me its golden age ended when the first of the original veejays left. The nail in the coffin came when "shows" became the majority of the programming, not the videos. The MTV of today bears no resemblance to the MTV of yesteryear!
My only criticism of the book is the fact that it is one long series of quotes, some short and some long, by the various people interviewed by the authors. Instead of being a narrative interspersed with quotes, it is just the quotes strung together, quite well I may say. Nonetheless, I would have liked more story and less quotes. There are several artists who contribute a sentence and that is it. I would have liked hearing more from those individuals.
Overall, the book will be of most interest to those who remember MTV from the beginning. I doubt someone who has watched MTV for less than five years would enjoy most of it. I could be wrong.
What a bummer so many young people didn't have the actual experience of MTV. Now they have an experience, but it is just a reality show. There was once a time when going to your TV was great entertainment with musical flare.
Now it's just different, now it's just Internet. We are connected more artificially now. Before we were connected by some kind of invisible yearning to be connected.
I want my m tv was an enjoyable trip down memory lane... liked hearing all the behind the scenes stories.
I love this book. Read it. I mean, listen to it. Or both like I have. If you know anything about music before 1995, you will love this book. If you know anything or watched MTV during its music video days, you'll REALLY love this book. Truly one of my top 5 books ever. It's too much fun and it's full of flavor, attitude, irreverence, and a comprehensive look at MTV through just about everyone who lived it or worked it.
Maybe in a few years. It was a walk down my own musical memory lane. I grew up with a lot of the music (and MTV) so I liked it.
The guys from Duran Duran had the best stories and insights. Nick Rhodes sounds very intelligent and honest.
Narrator didn't really embellish the voices & it was sometimes hard to tell who was being referred to. I had to do a lot of rewinding for that.
Same as the title
I was really disappointed that there was no mention at all of some acts (especially INXS). I heard one quote from, I think, Tim Farris. How could they have left out the most brilliant act to come out of Australia in years?!
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I was in high school in the 80's, so naturally this time period is of great interest and I love reminiscing about all the great artists and fun back then. The book is awesome because it is really well researched and written. The narrative is actually really thin, it's nominally the history of MTV, or at least the first 10 years or so, but what it REALLY is, is a ton of fun little anecdotes about all the popular artists, and business people in the industry, and yes, Mtv themselves, during that time.
Having Luke Daniels read this is an interesting choice. I know him from the excellent Scott Meyers books. He actually doesn't quite fit in this role, but I don't care, I dug his reading anyway. He handles irony really well.
This is a sublime examination of how one creative spark lit a cultural inferno, tearing down music as it was known, changing it -- and culture -- irrevocably.