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Today is VJ Day

I mean, every day is VJ day if your name is Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, or Martha Quinn, but today is VJ day for everybody, because today is the publication date of the book we did together, called VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV’s First Wave, and now available from Amazon, Barnes & […]

posted 7 May 2013 in Buy My Stuff. no comments yet


Some quick info on VJ before I get on a plane: If you are interested in checking out the VJs on your TV or satellite radio, they will be on the Today show on Monday May 6, on Howard Stern, The View, and Access Hollywood on Tuesday May 7, doing a SiriusXM town hall on […]

posted 5 May 2013 in Buy My Stuff. no comments yet

Top Five Settings in Cyndi Lauper’s “She Bop” Video

1. “Burger Klone,” the fast-food restaurant serving biker gangs and lines of zombie-like (presumably non-masturbating) customers. 2. “Uncle Siggy’s Masterbingo,” a game show hosted by Freud–Lauper is a big winner. 3. A cartoon landscape, brilliantly animated by Gary Panter of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse Mark Marek in a mode only slightly less realistic than Lauper herself. 4. […]

posted 29 April 2013 in Buy My Stuff. 5 comments

VJs Live and in Person

Hey, good people! As you may have heard, I have a book coming out on May 7, called VJ, written with the original MTV VJs (Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, and Martha Quinn). If you want to hear Mark talk about “the $10,000 haircut” he got from MTV, to learn the secrets of Adam […]

posted 26 April 2013 in Buy My Stuff. 2 comments

Hey, Kids! Free Excerpts!

Perhaps you can’t wait twelve days for the publication of VJ, the book I wrote with original MTV personalities Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, and Martha Quinn. Perhaps you are wishing that a tabloid would excerpt some of the juiciest passages, with stories about David Lee Roth, David Bowie, Madonna, and John Cougar. Then […]

posted 25 April 2013 in Buy My Stuff, Links. no comments yet

Top Five Looks in Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” Video

1. Springsteen, with sideburns, in blue jeans, a thick black belt, and a white short-sleeve shirt half-unbuttoned. 2. Clarence Clemons, with sunglasses and a high-top fade. 3. Max Weinberg, in a paisley shirt and vest, with a puffy haircut that looks like it’s trying to escape from his scalp. 4. Roy Bittan, with a pre-grunge […]

posted 22 April 2013 in Buy My Stuff. 1 comment

Top Five Elements in Yes’s “Owner of a Lonely Heart” Video

1. The voiceover “Maybe there’s another way to do this,” which prompts the members of Yes to transform into animals, like a prog-rock Justice League of Lycanthropes. 2. The protagonist (of a Kafkaesque tale of abduction and escape) washing his face with maggots. 3. Lead singer Jon Anderson’s ruddy complexion, feathered hair, and elaborately paneled […]

posted 15 April 2013 in Buy My Stuff. 2 comments

Top Five Elements of John Waite’s “Missing You” Video

1. Waite kicking off the video by giving the overhead lamp a push, better to get the drama of an oscillating light. 2. Waite looking gaunt to the point of ill health. 3. Waite’s powder-blue suit, worn nonironically. 4. Waite singing the song’s chorus as he walks down a city sidewalk, eyeballed by pedestrians who […]

posted 8 April 2013 in Buy My Stuff. 7 comments

Top Five Madonna Identities in “Borderline”

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 […]

posted 1 April 2013 in Buy My Stuff. 1 comment

By the Way

You may have noticed that posting here at R42 HQ has been lighter in the past year than in the past, for which I apologize. Aside from the generic huggermugger of a busy life getting in the way of my Quality Blogging Time, I’ve had a specific big project I’ve been working on, called VJ. […]

posted 19 September 2012 in Buy My Stuff. no comments yet