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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 608 Seiten
  • Verlag: Dutton Adult; Auflage: 1st Edition (27. Oktober 2011)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0525952306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525952305
  • Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 18 Jahren
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,5 x 4,8 x 23,1 cm
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"Highly entertaining" -Rolling Stone
(-Rolling Stone)

"It reminded me of those long days watching MTV, back when it still played videos...riveting." -New York Times
(-New York Times)

"Hilarious, with behind-the-scenes dirt on hundreds of videos. I guarantee you'll have a tough time putting it down." -USA Today
(-USA Today)

"Riveting reading, and a book we expect to see on the best-seller lists." -Very Short List
(-Very Short List)

"The sheer entertainment value within these pages is priceless." -Publishers Weekly
(-Publishers Weekly)

"A smart, decadently entertaining oral history." -Playboy
(-Playboy )

"Just as MTV hypnotized viewers, so the jump-cut structure of I WANT MY MTV swiftly compels." -Businessweek

"Rollicking. The golden age of MTV was just as wild and debauched as you would hope." -New York Post
(-New York Post)

"A rip-roaring, hilarious tribute to the cable channel that changed pop culture. A wonderfully entertaining and enlightening history, a magnificently enjoyable read." -The National
(-The National)

"Riotous and irreverent. Crack it open to almost any page and you're guaranteed a giggle. Every gaffe, scandal, and sexual innuendo comes in for hilarious scrutiny." -New York Daily News
(-New York Daily News)

"Insiders are already buzzing about the book, which does for music television what Fredric Dannen's Hit Men did for indie promotion." -HITS 

"A smart oral history." -Billboard

"A wild trip down memory lane, this cool history makes us '80s and '90s kids totally nostalgic." -NYLON

"Hugely readable and insanely fun." -Pitchfork

"It makes you laugh, it makes you cry. I couldn't put it down. This is the best book I've read on how the music business really works." -Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter
(-Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter)

"An obscenely entertaining (and entertainingly obscene) account of MTV's early days." -Dave Holmes
(-Dave Holmes)

"The entire Grantland staff is obsessed with the book" -Grantland

"The writers certainly did their homework, chronicling the wild and crazy ride of the network in the words of its own eclectic cast of characters...there is plenty to sink your teeth into with this book." -Hollywood Reporter
(-Hollywood Reporter)

"It's part voyeurism, part nostalgia, part social commentary - the perfect pulp non-fiction read for the cooling months ahead." -Modern Tonic
(-Modern Tonic)

"I WANT MY MTV chronicles MTV as I, and many others, would like to remember it: a lot of fun when it first came on the scene and a joy to watch every day" -TG Daily
(-TG Daily)

"MTV changed America and this book will change how you think about MTV. It's a fascinating look deep inside how MTV became what it was from the mouths of those who made it. Everyone who loved or hated MTV will love this story filled with fights, drugs, sex and music." -Toure, author of Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?
(-Toure, author of Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?)

"Before Google and before Apple, MTV was the one post-60s American enterprise that really transformed the culture. And now we have this definitive, riveting, revealing, amazingly well-reported insiders' account of how an improbable group of visionaries made it up as they went along. You want I Want My MTV." -Kurt Andersen, author of Heyday and Reset, and host of public radio's "Studio 360"

"I Want My MTV is such a big, wild joyride of book, made to be read with glee and nostalgia and marvel. It's also a thoughtful and astonishingly well-researched historical document, of course, but mostly it's just a total gas. It's all in here, folks! Girls in cages! TV executives on blow! Dudes in eyeliner! Chicks with guitars! Pyrotechnics, consumerism, fame, destruction and shamelessness! Anyone who came of age during the glory days of MTV will be-page by page-steadily transported right back to your boyfriend's parent's wood-paneled den, to savor once more the life-changing lessons of decadence and magic we learned from cable TV."  -Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed

"I Want My MTV is the definitively funny-yet loving-chronicle of music video's golden age: the hopes, the dreams, the drugs, the hair, the legacy of Tawny Kitaen. And for gossip, it's packed tighter than one of Heart's spandex bustiers." -Rob Sheffield, author of the national bestseller Love is a Mix Tape and Talking to Girls About Duran Duran

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

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

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Really enjoyed what I'Ve read so far. (About half) The biggest problem for me is I was a late 90's early 2000's MTV kid so some of it I don't remember so well. However, the discussions on building the network were great!
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Oh, You Want Your MTV Book...And You'll Long For Your MTV, Too 30. Oktober 2011
Von Eddie Schmidt - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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If you grew up in the era when MTV was must-see TV, this book is a breezy page-turner that will not disappoint. Not only are there hilarious behind the scenes details (little people getting down with transvestites on Van Halen's set; constipation on Samantha Fox's), but you'll see (and hear) the machinations of a plucky start-up changing - for better AND worse - the dynamics of a complacent, and arguably regressive, music industry. If only it could happen again today. The oral history gambit provides an excellent springboard, allowing for multiple voices and "Rashomon"-style conflicts regarding elusive truths, and this book ranks with similar tomes like the SNL backstager, "Live From New York" and Legs McNeil's "Please Kill Me." My only wish would be to prune some of the 'middleman' repetition, as we get one, two, three (twelve?) too many MTV staffers who tell us, again and again, that there were no rules; they broke all the rules; things were really f'in' crazy...rather than telling us why or how. Would have preferred further quips from quotable video stars such as Al Yankovic, Devo's Jerry Casale, and various Beastie Boys who were actually in the midst of madness making the clips they programmed. But the nitty-gritty, as well as the broader cultural scope, are all here and all delectable.
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Weirdly Addictive! 6. November 2011
Von Anna B - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I was initially wary of the book's length (572 pages not including the index!), but it turns out it's been perfect for picking up, putting down, and skipping around depending on what stories seem most entertaining that day. Each chapter is broken up into short oral histories on a particular topic, so you can spend one afternoon reading about Madonna's early days as a skateboarding punk living in the LES, and another day on how MTV execs convinced Mick Jagger to say "I want my MTV" for $1. This book is totally about the details. Did you know that one of the hot chicks in ZZ Top's "Gimme All Your Lovin'" is now on the Real Housewives of Orange County?? Or that the car on the cover of the album Eliminator cost $250,000, so they put it in all their videos to get the tax deduction as a business expense? Pure gold, and totally addictive reading!! Would definitely recommend as a gift to anyone 30 and older who remembers those MTV days.
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"I Want My MTV" is hands down the best book on MTV and the music videos of the '80s and '90s 9. Oktober 2012
Von Dennis A. Amith - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I was one of those young kids who grew up with MTV.

I can easily remember those days of watching Michael Jackson's "Thriller" music video during the premiere, multiple times throughout the day. I can easily remember watching Duran Duran's "Planet Earth" and "Girls on Film" and just amazed of how cool they look and wanted to dress like them. Seeing David Bowie's "Let's Dance" and being mesmerized by the video, to watching the Police "Don't Stand So Close to Me" and going out surfing during my grom years and loving the Police and seeing this group of hot young women known as The Go-Go's singing "Our Lips are Sealed" and jumping into a fountain.

I remember watching Friday Night Videos and wondering if Michael Jackson would beat Def Leppard or Quiet Riot's "Cum on Feel the Noize". Or being titillated with videos such from Van Halen's "Too Hot for Teacher", ZZ Top's "She Got Legs" and being introduced to R&B videos with Musical Youth's "Pass the Dutchie" or New Edition's "Cool It Now".

I can easily remember being scared by watching The Scorpions "Rock You Like a Hurricane" or seeing Eurythmics and Annie Lennox with a shaved red head singing "Sweet Dreams are Made of This" and me and my friends hiding behind the couch because we were freaked out about it.

I can remember Music Videos being part of my life, Spring Break MTV being part of my life as teenager and seeing shows such as "Remote Control" and later on, "Beavis & Butthead" and then question the decline of MTV which now became more of a reality TV show channel and less about the music.

Sure, I tuned into MTV once in awhile within the last decade to watch an award show or to see what was the hype of a certain reality TV show but the MTV today, is nothing like the MTV that I grew up with.

Back then, people were proud to say "I want my MTV!" and for those nostalgic of those years will definitely want to read the newly revised edition of Rob Tannebaum and Craig Marks popular book, "I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution".

The book includes so many people who were part of the MTV generation. Included are the following chapters:

PART 1: Pictures Came and Broke Your Heart - "Video Killed the Radio Star" to "Thriller" (1981-1983)

PART 2: I Play My Part and You Play Your Game - "Burning Up" to "Here I Go Again" (1983-1987)

PART 3: Where Do We Go Now - "With or Without You" to "U Can't Touch This" (1987-1990)

PART 4: Nothing Lasts Forever, and We Both Know Hearts Can Change - "Justify My Love" to "Jeremy" (1990-1992)

What Tannebaum and Marks were able to bring to this book is validity. From bringing in those who worked at MTV behind-the-scenes and made those important decisions, those who were VJ's at MTV, the music label execs to the artists themselves.

And the way the book is presented is by subject of a certain time period. Instead of written via paragraph after paragraph, important people related to that artist or song would chime in with a quote. And these are not a few quotes, the authors of the book made sure they had as much information as possible.

In fact, I would go so far to say that if you watched any music videos from the '80s, you will get a ton of behind-the-scenes information. Information that is fascinating, exciting and also shocking!

Here are a few excerpts from the book:

Stevie Nicks on "Gypsy": "There's a scene in `Gypsy' where Lindsey and I are dancing. And we weren't getting along very well then. I didn't want to be anywhere near Lindsey; I certainly didn't want to be in his arms. If you watch the video, you'll see I wasn't happy. And he wasn't a very good dancer."

Dave Holmes about Duran Duran's "Rio" and Nick Rhodes: The clothes were beautiful, they were on a yacht. It was an escape to a beautiful place with beautiful people, which is what all of television is now. It blew my mind that girls were attracted to Nick Rhodes, because he was so feminine looking. It just didn't seem right. Up to that point, men hadn't been erotic.

Dave Mallet on David Bowie's "Let's Dance": We shot in a bar i the morning and it was one hundred degrees outside. The people in the bar hated us, absolutely hated us. We were Fa**ots from somewhere, and they were horrified that we had a young, attractive Aborigine girl in there, because they thought Aborigines were lower than dirt. She was dancing, and in order to show their hatred they started imitating her. I said, "Quick, film them." It looked as if they were enjoying themselves. Actually, it was a dance of pure hatred."

Susan Silverman on Madonna's first introduction: Madonna came into our office on a skateboard, all sweaty and dirty. I was like, "Shit, what's with this girl?" She went to see Bob Regehr - a big product manager at Warner Bros. - and left a note on his bulletin board that said, "Sorry I missed you, because I'm going to be a star."

Cindy Lauper on "Girl's Just Want to Have Fun": I had women of every race in my videos, especially "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," so that every girl who saw the video would see herself represented and empowered, whether she was thin or heavy, glamorous or not. I absolutely did not use sex to sell my first album, even though I sang a song about female masturbation.

Pat Benatar on "Love is a Battlefield": So there I was, like, "Oh good Christ, what have I gotten myself into?" I hated it so much, I was crying. I'm happy I did it, but I can't say there was one moment when it was pleasant. When I do the song live now, I go back by the drums and do the Battlefield" dance for like eight seconds, and the crowd goes nuts.

Tamara Davis on New Kids on the Block: I started hanging out with them, listening to what they wanted to do. They were having a crazy time, sleeping with lots of different girls every night. I was saying, "You guys better have condoms." They were totally unsupervised and had everything they wanted, as much as they wanted. Even the record company girls were trying to sleep with them.

And there are so many behind-the-scenes quotes from the music videos and directors from many artists and bands, that I was impressed that so much was included in this book.

But most importantly, we get to hear two sides of the coin when it comes to how music videos featuring Black artists were shown on TV, especially Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean". Who took the credit for that? CBS who supposedly threatened MTV that they would yank all CBS music videos if they didn't play Michael's video or MTV who said they planned to show it all along?

We learn what took place behind-the-scenes of "We Are the World" and "Live Aid" to the creation of the MTV Video Music Awards and bringing hip hop to MTV. Also, a chapter of why the VJ's left. Were they fired or did they quit?

What was surprising was to read how some of the VJ's felt about other VJ's and those who worked with the VJ's, some are quite blunt how they feel some were total divas. But what was intriguing was how people felt about Downtown Julie Brown. Watching her on MTV, I thought she was a cool and sexy VJ but after reading this book, she even admits that she was a bitch. She was offensive to the crew and was against reshots and was unprepared many times. The crew who worked with the VJ's spared no punches when talking about Julie Brown (and sometimes Adam Curry). Also, we find out that Carolyne Heldman was fired for wearing shorts.

Every artists that you can think of that was popular from the '80s to very early '90s is featured in this book. There is something to be said about the music videos and you don't get one side, you get different sides of the story, good and bad. The same goes with the VJ's, people working at MTV to record label execs, there is a lot of information and a lot of emotions that can be felt by some of the words of people. Some who felt they were wronged by MTV, some who felt that MTV made their career successful and more!

Overall, "I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution is possibly the definitive book on MTV and the music videos of the time. As a person who grew up during that era, I'm pretty blow away by this book. I never knew about the things that went on behind-the-scenes of the making of these videos. But it's what makes this book so exciting and entertaining.

I know there are some people who don't like the format of books that are based on quotes but because there are so many people that were behind the popularity of these music videos. From the director, the artists, management, etc. I just don't see any other way of how it could be done. This was the best way to have a varied representation of everyone involved and personally, it's great to have so many people involved in the making of this book. I'm really impressed and it's one of those books that you may find yourself re-reading because it's that good!

As for differences between this new revised version and the previous version of the book, there are more people included, more music videos and information provided and suffice to say, these new additions for 2012 have made this book even better!

"I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution: Revised with New Interviews" by Rob Tannebaum and Craig Marks is highly recommended! (5 Stars)
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Uncensored indeed! 1. November 2011
Von Paul Flattery - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I was there (yes I was interviewed for the book) and I have to say this book is far more truthful and accurate than I ever thought it would be. It is a bit Rashomon-like in that it is told from the collective memories of the eye-witnesses/survivors of that era and so accounts of events often vary, but that only adds to the fun of the read. There is stuff in here I never thought I'd see in print.
I would love to see the bits they felt they couldn't include!
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memory lane just got more twisted and a whole lot funnier 1. November 2011
Von Reader - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I am old enough to recall the day MTV first aired. We huddled by the screen to witness the moment when television decided it cared about what we teens cared about: rock music and cool outfits. This amazing book let me get behind the scenes -- finally! -- for a view of the hysteria -- fame-hungry and drug- induced -- that went along with the videos. What a weird, fascinating world was hatched for us. No wonder we still want our MTV, the remarkable one we can no longer have. I loved this book. I want "I Want My MTV" for many, many more reads.
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