Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Original "MTV" VJs' Share Their Adventures!

Those of us that were raised with the "original" MTV Vjs' are in for a real treat! Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, and Martha Quinn reveal all of their trials and tribulations associated with the "Dawn" of "Music Television". Imagine  their mixed emotions about doing something that had never been done before. "Will this work"? Did I just commit myself to a flash in the pan future? Will anyone really tune in on a daily basis? Is this a pipe dream? Well as we all know now, MTV went on to define a generation. Little did they know back on August 1st, 1981 the cultural impact that they had just created. Musical acts of the day eventually were begging to get their videos showcased on this new forum.Music combined with visual stimulation eventually created the "MTV Generation". Well, our Vjs' are now sharing their life changing stories with all of us with their upcoming book "The Unplugged Adventures Of MTV's First Wave.This is "totally Awesome" 80s' fans!   Tommy Mac

Take a peek at the cover to the forthcoming oral history of MTV's first VJs.
Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter and Martha Quinn are getting together with Rolling Stone contributing editor Gavin Edwards to tell their story in their own words in the forthcoming book VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave.
The four (along with the late J.J. Jackson) were the first on-air hosts hired by MTV when the channel debuted in 1981, throwing the newcomers into the heady world of rock as the music video revolution exploded.

The book offers a behind-the-scenes look at their sometimes wild world, from John Cougar's attempt to seduce Blackwood to David Lee Roth offering Goodman groupies and cocaine to Quinn traveling with Bob Dylan on his private jet to Ireland.
The VJs also step back from the wild stories to look at how MTV changed both music and television. In chronicling the cable net's early days, they use their story to tell the story of the 80s and the generation that was transformed by the music video.
As they jokingly conclude, "We’re the reason you have no attention span.”
Look for VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave in bookstores in May 2013 from Atria.


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