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MTV Ruled the World: The Early Years of Music Video
     

MTV Ruled the World: The Early Years of Music Video

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by Greg Prato
 

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There have been few times in modern music history that an instant shift in how we listen to - and view - music has occurred. However, the launch of MTV on August 1, 1981, was certainly one such occurrence. Instantly, music fans were now "listening with their eyes" rather than relying solely on their ears. 'MTV Ruled the World: The Early Years of Music Video' is

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There have been few times in modern music history that an instant shift in how we listen to - and view - music has occurred. However, the launch of MTV on August 1, 1981, was certainly one such occurrence. Instantly, music fans were now "listening with their eyes" rather than relying solely on their ears. 'MTV Ruled the World: The Early Years of Music Video' is the first book to focus solely on the channel's important building-block years, specifically from the channel's launch to when MTV's original group of VJs left the channel. Comprised of over 70 all-new interviews ("Weird Al" Yankovic, Daryl Hall, John Oates, Joe Elliott, Phil Collen, Rob Halford, Stewart Copeland, Rick Springfield, Jerry Casale, Geddy Lee, Ann Wilson, Chuck D, Alan Hunter, Nina Blackwood, etc.), the book is not only an eye-opening account of the early years of MTV, but also of the music industry, important music developments/events, and the "Big '80s" in general.

Editorial Reviews

Steven Rosen
"The book not only pulls the curtains back on the upstart video channel but reveals what was happening industrywide in the 1980s."
Ron Wynn
"MTV Ruled the World covers the channel's formative years, when music videos evolved from something only a handful of companies even considered into a hugely profitable arm of the industry."
Chad Bowar
"MTV Ruled The World brought back some great memories. It's also a very interesting, entertaining and informative book that captures an important part of music history."
Matt Wardlaw
"Amazingly comprehensive oral history featuring over 70 interviews with both the talent from that era of MTV and a plethora of the A-list artists featured on the channel during the time period."
Arasia Magnetic
"[MTV] was innocent, unpretentious, and avant-garde. And Greg Prato, music journalist and author, captured this extremely well in his new book, MTV Ruled The World: The Early Years of Music Video."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780578071978
Publisher:
Greg Prato
Publication date:
01/25/2011
Pages:
476
Sales rank:
740,810
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.96(d)

Meet the Author

Greg Prato is a Long Island, New York-based writer, who regularly writes for All Music Guide and RollingStone.com. He is also the author of several books, including 'Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music,' 'A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon,' 'The Eric Carr Story,' and 'Touched by Magic: The Tommy Bolin Story,' among others.

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