Reading the book VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV’s 1st Wave just blew my mind. It’s written by Martha Quinn, Alan Hunter, Mark Goodman, and Nina Blackwood with Gavin Edwards. They divulge all kinds of secrets, anecdotes, and back story on the channel that changed the face of music forever — Hard to believe if you’ve been watching MTV the last 20 years, but the M actually stands for “music.”
At its inception, MTV was edgy and remarkable. It was the center of the rock scene for years. Launching on cable channels in 1981, MTV was HUGE for me. I was 9 years old and I was glued to the TV every day after school — and during the summer my TV viewing knew no bounds. I watched it all — from videos to interviews to the awkward/witty banter of the VJs in-between videos.
Guys, it was better than Twitter.
Check out these mad facts about the first video jockeys and the job MTV invented — and remember, as Mark Goodman puts it, “We’re the reason you have no attention span. And you can pin reality TV on us too. You’re welcome.”
My review of the book, here.