Vj: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First WaveHardback
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- Publisher: Atria Books
- Format: Hardback | 318 pages
- Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 36mm | 499g
- Publication date: 7 May 2013
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1451678126
- ISBN 13: 9781451678123
- Illustrations note: , black & white illustrations
- Sales rank: 1,418,431
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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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."
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 "