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作       者:Nina Blackwood,Mark Goodman,Alan Hunter

出  版  社:Atria Books

出版时间:2013-05-07

字       数:41.2万

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Western civilization began on a Friday night in November 1982. The occasion was marked by spies in trench coats, hypodermic-wielding dancers in leather teddies, and a bullet cutting through the jack of diamonds. At least, that was what I saw the first time I turned on MTV. I was a thirteen-year-old who had stumbled onto the video for “Twilight Zone” by Golden Earring, but it felt like all music, art, and film had just served as a preamble to this moment in history.If you grew up when MTV was a logical acronym instead of a cruel joke, you probably had a similar epiphany. It might have involved Michael Jackson teaching two street gangs to dance, Duran Duran trekking through the jungles of Sri Lanka, or even the Buggles singing, “Video killed the radio star.” But no matter how you discovered MTV’s quick-cut mash-up of surrealism, new-wave music, and extreme haircuts, when you turned your TV off, suddenly ordinary life seemed a bit, well, banal.Faithfully guiding us through this 24/7 rush of sensory overload were five stalwart VJs: Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, J. J. Jackson, and Martha Quinn. Together, they were a five-headed Virgil, taking us through MTV’s Inferno, past the circles of slow-motion table-flipping, girls in cages, and arty black-and-white cinematography. MTV was more fun when you watched with a friend, trying to figure out what was going on in “The Safety Dance” or “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” The presence of the VJs meant you always had a friend watching with you.
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Cover

Dedication

Introduction / by Gavin Edwards

1. Got My Back against the Record Machine / Close Encounters with David Lee Roth

2. Changes Come around Real Soon, Make Us Women and Men / Life before MTV

3. Welcome to Your Life / MTV Hires the VJs

4. Step Right Up and Don’t Be Shy / MTV Blasts Off

5. Let’s Make Lots of Money / Contracts and Paychecks

6. There’s Always Something Happening and It’s Usually Quite Loud / The First Days of MTV

7. Don’t Talk to Strangers / The Wages of Semi-Fame

8. Sometimes You Tell the Day by the Bottle That You Drink / Life in Hell’s Kitchen

9. Ain’t Nothing Gonna Break My Stride / Early Triumphs and Tribulations

10. Here in My Car, I Feel Safest of All / Rental Cars and Limousines

11. I Hope That When This Issue’s Gone, I’ll See You When Your Clothes Are On / Nude Photographs

12. I’m a Cool Rocking Daddy in the U.S.A. Now / The Mighty J. J. Jackson

13. Hot in the City / New York City Serenade

14. Throw Your Arms around the World at Christmastime / Christmas Songs and New Year’s Eve Shows

15. Take My Tears and That’s Not Nearly All / Romance and Its Discontents

16. I’ll Kick You Out of My Home If You Don’t Cut That Hair / Makeup and Hairstyles

17. And Now You Find Yourself in ’82 / Early MTV Videos-a-Go-Go

18. I Know There’s Something Going On / Alan and Martha’s Dangerous Game

19. Things Can Only Get Better / Cable TV’s Potholes and Pitfalls

20. I Spend My Cash on Looking Flash and Grabbing Your Attention / Fashion in the 1980s

21. She’s Precocious and She Knows Just What It Takes to Make a Pro Blush / Martha Quinn, America’s Sweetheart

22. They Told Him Don’t You Ever Come ’Round Here / The Irresistible Rise of Michael Jackson

23. I Might Like You Better If We Slept Together / Celebrity Flirtations and Liaisons

24. You Must Be My Lucky Star / Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone

25. Every Time I Think of You, I Always Catch My Breath / Romance and Regret with John Waite

26. That’s My Soul Up There / MTV Hits the Road

27. I’ve Seen You on the Beach and I’ve Seen You on TV / The Cultural Impact of MTV

28. I Want to Be the One to Walk in the Sun / The Most Unusual Miss Cyndi Lauper

29. You Play the Guitar on the MTV / Heavy Metal Thunder

30. You May Find Yourself in a Beautiful House with a Beautiful Wife / Mark and Carol

31. My Beacon’s Been Moved under Moon and Star / MTV Heads Uptown

32. Jokerman Dance to the Nightingale Tune / Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan

33. The Kids in America / MTV Contests’ Winners and Losers

34. I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me / Celebrity and Its Consequences

35. What a Pity You Don’t Understand / The VJs Versus MTV Management

36. I Said to the Man, “Are You Trying to Tempt Me?” / White Lines

37. I Was There to Match My Intellect on National TV / The Toughest Interviews

38. There Comes a Time When We Heed a Certain Call / “We Ruined Live Aid”

39. Love Is a Battlefield / Martha Meets Stiv Bator

40. I Guess I Should Have Known by the Way You Parked Your Car Sideways That It Wouldn’t Last / The Final Days of Nina and J. J.

41. The Kid Is Hot Tonight / Alan Hunter Coast to Coast

42. I Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love Tonight / Martha Finds True Love

43. Every Now and Then I Get a Little Bit Nervous That the Best of All the Years Have Gone By / MTV Changes, Not Always for the Better

44. The Five Years We Have Had Have Been Such Good Times / Martha Leaves MTV

45. The Party Boys Call the Kremlin / Billy Joel in Russia

46. I’m a Man Who Doesn’t Know How to Sell a Contradiction / Introducing Kurt Loder

47. We’ll Be Moving on and Singing That Same Old Song / The Departure of Alan and Mark

48. After the Fire, the Fire Still Burns / Life after MTV

49. Don’t You Forget about Me / R.I.P., J. J. Jackson

50. We Can’t Rewind, We’ve Gone Too Far / Final Thoughts

Endnotes

Acknowledgments

Photographs

About the Authors

Copyright

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