Friday, August 5, 2011

More MTV History

To follow up on Monday's post about MTV's 30th anniversary, the library has several books on the history of music videos in general and MTV specifically:

Money for Nothing: A History of the Music Video, from the Beatles to the White Stripes by Saul Austerlitz (PN1992.8.M87 .A97 2007)

Gender Politics and MTV: Voicing the Difference by Lisa A. Lewis (PN1992.8.M87 L49 1990)

Inside MTV by R. Serge Denisoff (PN1992.8.M88 D4 1991)

While MTV didn't invent the music video, the network certainly helped raise it to an artform. To see some of the best videos ever created, come watch the Directors Label series of DVDs, each volume devoted to the works of a different director. Among the many highlights are "Sabotage" by the Beastie Boys, directed by Spike Jonze (DVD 1373), "Closer" by Nine Inch Nails, directed by Mark Romanek (DVD 1941) and "Virtual Insanity" by Jamiroquai, directed by Jonathan Glazer (DVD 1937).

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