by Daniel A. Kaufman
Jay Jeffers (The Partially Examined Life) and I discuss the beginnings of MTV and our recollections of it, on this 40th anniversary of the music channel.
3:40 – Aug 1 marks the 40th Anniversary of the launching of MTV in its “original iteration.” 6:20 – How Jay and Dan first got into KISS 13:30 – Jay and Dan discuss their personal histories with MTV / The importance of “Thriller.” 34:30 – Was MTV the beginning or the end of something? The 80’s vs. the 90’s. The impact of the Cold War. 51:30 – The atomization of music audiences and the fracturing of youth culture. 59:50 – Youth culture, social capital, and power. 1:18:25 – David Bowie confronts MTV on black representation on the channel.
Rob Tannenbaum’s, I Want My MTV (2012).
Why MTV doesn’t show music videos anymore.
David Bowie on black representation on MTV.
Jay at the Partially Examined Life.
The Buggles, “Video Killed the Radio Star.”
Molly Ringwald on the cover of Time magazine in 1986.
My essay on “OK Boomer.”