Vj: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave

Vj: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave


By (author) Nina Blackwood, By (author) Mark Goodman, By (author) Alan Hunter, By (author) Martha Quinn, With Dr Gavin Edwards

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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: 833,816

Product description

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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Author information

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."

Review quote

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 "