By Gavin Edwards, Alan Hunter, Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Martha Quinn
MTV’s unique VJs supply a behind-the-scenes oral background of the early years of MTV, 1981 to 1987, whilst it used to be exploding, reshaping the tradition, and growing “the MTV generation.”
Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, and Martha Quinn (along with the overdue J. J. Jackson) had front-row seats to a cultural revolution—and the hijinks of tune stars like Adam Ant, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, and Duran Duran. Their worlds collided, after all: John Cougar invited Nina to a late-night “party” that proved to be a seduction test. Mark partied with David Lee Roth, who provided him cocaine and groupies. Aretha Franklin made chili for Alan. Bob Dylan whisked Martha off to eire in his inner most jet.
But whereas VJ has lots of dish—secret romances, nude pictures, incoherent celebrities—it additionally finds how 4 VJs grew up along MTV’s dedicated audience and have become that generation’s relied on narrators. They inform the tale of the ’80s, from the neon-colored drawstring pants to the Reagan management, and supply a deeper figuring out of ways MTV replaced our tradition. Or because the VJs positioned it: “We’re the explanation you haven't any cognizance span.”
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London: The Folklore Society, 1982, 14. 2. This sentence and some of the following discussion of urban legends moving from folk to popular circulation come from my article “The Vanishing ‘Urban Legend,’ ” Midwestern Folklore 30 (2004), 5–20, or, more precisely, they came from earlier conference papers of mine that were combined and revised to form that published essay. Probably my overly clever title misled some folklorists to believe that I was “upset,” or showed “unease” or “worry” or was generally pessimistic about the trends I described.
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VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave by Gavin Edwards, Alan Hunter, Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Martha Quinn