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Bad title, but fun read,
This review is from: I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution (Hardcover)
Okay: the book's title is misguiding. If you want to read about the story of MTV, you have Serge Denisoff's "Inside MTV" (1988) and Jack Bank's great "Monopoly Television. MTV's Quest to Control the Music" (1996). This book is whole different thing, but again such as misguiding title should be criticized. Done.
What is it then? Well, a fun (sometimes hilarious) oral history of MTV. The authors interviewed (rather randomly) artists, directors and producers who have co-created some of MTV's golden era classic music videos. I actually do academic research on music videos and I have to admit that though I won't see me using it professionally, it did gave me a human and humorous perspective on the subject. It was fun to read and I would give it 3 stars if it had a title that really described its content.
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Initial post: 6 Feb 2012 11:59:09 GMT
The title is not "misleading". In no way does the title imply that the book contains "the story of MTV" -- it refers to the story of the 'music video revolution', otherwise known as the 1980s, and the overt reference to MTV is clearly a pop lyric quote (and nothing in "I want my" suggests it really means "the history of". This is like saying "The Catcher in the Rye" is a bad title because the book isn't about baseball.
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Feb 2012 12:34:54 GMT
Literature has a great tradition of titles that have no connection with its content and there is absolutely nothing wrong about that. But this is a non-fiction and therefore the title (our subtitle) should closely describe its content. And this is really not the case. Plus the music video revolution the book talks about is, obviously the one that was conducted by MTV. The story of this music video revolution cannot be written without narrating the story of MTV Networks. But again: fun book.
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