I Want My MTV

I Want My MTV

The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution

By Rob Tannenbaum; Craig Marks; Luke Daniels (Performed by)

Brilliance Audio, MP3 CD, 9781469204161

Publication Date: September 25, 2012


Named One of the Best Books of 2011 by NPR "Spin" - "USA Today" CNBC - Pitchfork - "The Onion" - "The Atlantic" - "The Huffington Post" VEVO - "The Boston Globe" - "The San Francisco Chronicle"

For fans of "VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave"

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.

About the Author
Rob Tannenbaum has been the music editor at Blender, a columnist for GQ, and has written for The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Details, New York Magazine, Playboy, SPIN and The Washington Post.

Craig Marks was the top editor for two influential music magazines, SPIN and Blender. He is the editor-in-chief of Popdust.

Luke Daniels has narrated over 250 audiobooks, has been the grateful recipient of thirteen "AudioFile" Earphones Awards, and has earned three Audie nominations. His background is in classical theater and film. Luke has performed at repertory theaters around the country, but now he resides in the Midwest with his pack.