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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,220 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rob Tannenbaum, Craig Marks Narrator: Luke Daniels Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Remember the first time you saw Michael Jackson dance with zombies in "Thriller"? Diamond Dave karate kick with Van Halen in "Jump"? Tawny Kitaen turning cartwheels on a Jaguar to Whitesnake's "Here I Go Again"? The Beastie Boys spray beer in "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)"? Axl Rose step off the bus in "Welcome to the Jungle"? 

Remember When All You Wanted Was Your MTV?

It was a pretty radical idea-a channel for teenagers, showing nothing but music videos. It was such a radical idea that almost no one thought it would actually succeed, much less become a force in the worlds of music, television, film, fashion, sports, and even politics. But it did work. MTV became more than anyone had ever imagined.

I Want My MTV tells the story of the first decade of MTV, the golden era when MTV's programming was all videos, all the time, and kids watched religiously to see their favorite bands, learn about new music, and have something to talk about at parties. From its start in 1981 with a small cache of videos by mostly unknown British new wave acts to the launch of the reality-television craze with The Real World in 1992, MTV grew into a tastemaker, a career maker, and a mammoth business. 

Featuring interviews with nearly four hundred artists, directors, VJs, and television and music executives, I Want My MTV is a testament to the channel that changed popular culture forever.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ken | 2/19/2014

    " As compulsive and frivolous as MTV itself. A really interesting read, and yet it all seemed so of trivial. I mean, there's only so much one can read about Warrant and Bon Jovi videos. I liked it and yet I found myself praying it would be over soon so I could get on with the rest of my reading, so it was probably a little too long--though I'm not sure what I would cut. And it left me with an acute, melancholy sense of the passing, not only of my life, but of the lives of all the people mentioned in the book, the VJs and recording artists I grew up with--of life itself. My emotional state upon finishing the book may be the closest I have come to a midlife crisis. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chella Negro | 2/15/2014

    " a fascinating, funny, wild look at what influenced me most as a child. Revelatory. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kimberly | 2/14/2014

    " Funny to hear the stories behind many of the videos and bands that I remember watching! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Courtney E. Smith | 2/12/2014

    " I worked at MTV, from 2000-2008. It was great to read this book and get an idea of where the spirit of the corporate culture around the place came from -- and of who were the jackasses who started some really back practices and set crappy precedents. I have to admit that I found the stories of the execs to be far more hilarious than the stories of the bands, except Duran Duran who have enough time, perspective, and sense to know how ridiculous everything about the '80s clearly was. Worth a read if you grew up with MTV -- but it's a monster, don't plan on taking it on the subway with you. "

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