I know you’ve been thinking, “Hey, Gavin! VJ, that book you wrote with the original MTV hosts Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, and Martha Quinn–when does it come out? Can I preorder it? Are you going to do any fun MTV stuff before its publication?”
Well, I’m glad you asked. The publication date is May 7, meaning you can start counting the days now. Or you can order it from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Powell’s. (Or bat your eyes winningly at your local bookseller and ask them to stock it.) And I just happen to have some top-five lists inspired by the early years of MTV to get you in the mood, starting with the mighty Ms. Ciccone and the wide range of personalities she portrayed in the 1984 video for “Borderline”:
1. B-girl, rocking out with the breakdancers and spray-painting some impromptu graffiti.
2. Ruffled flamenco dancer.
3. Tough chick in a leather jacket and fishnet top, showing off the dark roots under her blonde hair.
4. Girl torn between her Latin lover and her new upscale photographer boyfriend–while wearing bright orange shoes and neon yellow socks.
5. Magazine cover subject (for the fictional publication Gloss).