I Want My MTV

Flashbacks, gossip & other recollections from the music network’s original air jockeys


By Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter & Martha Quinn (with Gavin Edwards)

Hardcover, 318 pages (Atria Books, $24)

The story of MTV, the cable TV channel that forever changed everything about music, is told through back-and-forth, first-person accounts of its original video jockeys, or VJs, who became stars alongside the musical acts they hosted, interviewed and promoted. Enlightening, educational, and highly entertaining—especially for anyone who came of age during the ’80s—it’s full of personal insight, colorful anecdotes, hilarious flashbacks and juicy gossip, all straight from the on-air personalities who hung out, partied and occasionally even hooked up romantically with the biggest singing stars of the era.

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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