Okay, on the one hand, it's some interesting stories about MTV and rock and roll shenanigans. On the other hand, it was a horribly edited hot mess of book. Between the strange grammar and some instances where you could tell this wasn't the original order of the chapters, it made for a difficult read. Two and three quarter stars. Apr 18, Jeff Raymond rated it really liked it Shelves: read-biography-memoirs , read-nonfiction. If you're a certain age, you probably hit the sweet spot of MTV - a little after the network finally solidified its image, but before the scourge of things like Total Request Live and the end of the animation block.
For me, I probably started watching around , which means I was too young to know much about the personalities of the VJs like Kennedy, but old enough to know who was who at the very least. Kennedy was probably my favorite, if only because she came across to me as the misfit toy o If you're a certain age, you probably hit the sweet spot of MTV - a little after the network finally solidified its image, but before the scourge of things like Total Request Live and the end of the animation block.
Kennedy was probably my favorite, if only because she came across to me as the misfit toy of the group - not a model, not a comedian, sort of the nerdy type who wandered in and ended up getting a gig on TV. Now, today, she's a political spokeperson in libertarian circles, and she put out a book about her time at MTV, so I dove right at it. The meat of the book is effectively the story of Kennedy at MTV. It trades back and forth between anecdotes about working at MTV, getting hired, getting fired, the Beach House, and so on, and contrasts it with some talk of the bands she met of the time, her personal relationships with many of the people involved, and so on.
It's a lot of confessional, a little "look how cool I was," and a lot of topics over the pages. What worked for me was that there were a lot of interesting stories. She spent a lot of time with Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails and you get a different feel for him than perhaps the popular sentiment would represent. In what might be the biggest reveal, we get an admission from the lead singer of the Goo Goo Dolls that their hit song "Name" was actually inspired by and about Kennedy, which is stunning. A lot of other interesting pieces about various musicians, and a surface-level inside look at MTV in general?
It's not bad, especially in the short chapter bite-sized chunks it comes in. I do wish the book spent more time on some of the aftermath. I do wish we had a more in-depth look at MTV's operations. Some stories, like the ones with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, feel like they're missing key information that should have probably been disclosed later on.
The book's hyper-focus on MTV was a little disappointing, and Kennedy was way too focused on her virginity in the old stories. Overall, I enjoyed the read. It is far from perfect, but as a fun nostalgia trip, especially as someone who was right in MTV's wheelhouse during a time when Kennedy was on, and as someone who was young enough to not know what anyone else really thought about her? Absolutely worth my reading time. Jul 19, Lisa Lute rated it liked it. I never liked Kennedy when she was on MTV.
And this book really did not change that. I still find her to be annoying and not funny. That being said. I did find the information on MTV to be quite interesting.
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Having watched MTV since it's debut on television, I grew up with the network. While Kennedy's main focus is on her work with MTV, it also chronicles MTV's growth and how it had changed from it's inception until the end of Kennedy's career there. It also gave tidbits on the real personalities of the VJs and news people other than their on air personas. Even if you do not care for Kennedy, if you are interested in music, in particular the late 80's and the early 90's, you may enjoy the book.
Dec 26, Tanya rated it really liked it Shelves: memoir-biography , read-in I did enjoy reading this one. She had my dream job! I liked living vicariously through her in her many friendships with bands that I really like. Sure the editing could have been better and at times it felt like I was reading items that were written and published separately, but then mashed together here.
I still liked it and I could hear her voice in many of the anecdotes. Jan 02, Niffydee rated it it was amazing. I was born in , which means I was coming of age and slave to the idiot-box perfectly in time with this book. I remember Kennedy and the early seasons of the Beach House, so I found the behind the scenes tidbits to be absolutely enthralling.
I am now old enough to marvel at the feat of keeping political outlook and hymen intact despite the world young Kennedy was immersed in. If I were in her shoes would I have been able to turn down the advances of the famous or semi-famous? Oh, not a chan I was born in , which means I was coming of age and slave to the idiot-box perfectly in time with this book. Oh, not a chance. What I found annoying about Kennedy's book though totally within her right were the hints towards her personal issues and struggles she continues to keep under wraps while she airs the dirty laundry of others.
Towards the end she becomes much more personal changing the tone of the book and making you feel like there's so much more of her story left to tell. Sep 14, Calee rated it did not like it. However, all the stories are tainted with Kennedy's negativity and bias against people who pissed her off for some reason or another during her short-lived VJ career. The chapter on Courtney Love was incredibly biased against the rocker we all love to hate Love, but this takes the cake.
This book could also use a good, hard edit. Verdict: Not worth your time. Jan 29, Ashley rated it it was amazing. I highly recommend this for anyone looking to overdose on 90's nostalgia. Due to a finicky oldr sister who would not turn the channel from MTV specifically during the MTV with Kennedy era and having curly hair and horned rimmed glasses, Kennedy and MTV were staples of my adolescence.
Someone reviewed regarding grammar I loved the pacing, the passion and the crazy trash mouthed Greek Orthodox gypsy and now I have closure for my own personal choice to stay away from the post Kennedy era of MTV Aug 27, EShay Fagan rated it really liked it Shelves: humor. Any child of the 90s will appreciate this blast from the past. The storytelling is a little all-over-the-place at times, but in this situation, I think it works.
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Kennedy includes random stories about friends and frenemies in the music industry, with a make-out session or two thrown in for good measure. Love Kennedy now, loved her back then.
Apr 30, Eva rated it really liked it Shelves: First of all, I liked this book. But I liked Kennedy, and in the early 90's she was one of my favorites on MTV back when they actually showed music videos. It's written in a light hearted, "giving us the scoop", kind of way and she reveals many behind the scenes liaisons and interesting personalities. Recommend if you are a fan of early 90's MTV, pop culture or Kennedy herself. Fun read. Aug 10, Kate rated it really liked it. This was a fun read with lots of 90s gossip. Just as you remembered, Kennedy doesn't hold back.
She always annoyed me and she still does but you'll be so swept up by 90s nostalgia that you won't care! View 2 comments. Nov 19, Matthew Fitch rated it liked it. A fun breezy book about Lisa's time as an Mtv VJ in the mid 90's. You can actually hear her voice in your head while reading it and she's very witty.
Also is unflinching in her opinions which is actually refreshing Oct 07, Christopher rated it it was amazing. Now that's a memoir. Nice and long, tons of awesome stories, brutally honest. Be ready to roll your eyes whenever she talks politics; luckily that's not too often. I wish she would have kept going since she doesn't talk about anything after her stint at MTV. While I'm not a fan of this broad necessarily, I love and remember fondly the period of time she writes about here. I remember all these bands and have been lucky enough to see a few of them in person and all these shows, because this channel was a huge part of growing up for me.
Living in the 90's down south- it all constantly reassured me that there was a world out there that didn't consist of country music, b While I'm not a fan of this broad necessarily, I love and remember fondly the period of time she writes about here. Living in the 90's down south- it all constantly reassured me that there was a world out there that didn't consist of country music, backwards racists, southern accents, and stifling heat.
This book is like a love letter to my younger self, and offers a sneak peak behind the scenes of a channel and the bands I was obsessed with. If you were a child or a teenager in the 90's you have to download this book. Aug 20, Ken rated it really liked it. A wonderful flashback into, as the title says, "the golden age of MTV.
She hates Courtney Love and loves Gwen Stefani for reasons that will become clear to readers. Why she insisted on wearing jammies all the time--Well, I'll never understand that. If you liked MTV back when it played videos, you'll enjoy this book.
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Hilarious, nasty, amazing time documented from an up close perspective with fun and raunchiness I know Kennedy from political analysis, never guessed she was a teetotaler, virgin in the rock and roll world previously. May 24, Christina rated it really liked it. It was a fun trip down memory lane. Jul 04, Kathryn rated it it was ok. I made it known on a message board I co-admin that I planned to read this book, despite having very little memory of Kennedy, as an MTV VJ or otherwise.
I knew the name, knew she was somebody, but I honestly have no recollection of seeing her on the channel, or of watching MTV at all during her five-year tenure. The subtitle of her memoir defines the early-to-mid s as the golden age of MTV, and some may debate that. Me, I saw it as the beg 2. Me, I saw it as the beginning of the end, the transition from grab-bag video roulette that scheduled Motley Crue to follow The B's to follow The Doors to more structured programming that parsed videos by sub-genre and gradually doled out time slots to irrelevant shows.
By the time Kennedy appeared on the scene I was a college graduate in Athens, Georgia spending more time outside. I thought it interesting to see both books come out around the same time, thereby allowing us a personal view of the network's evolution. First response from my message board post: You're lucky you don't remember her.
I do, and she fuckin' sucked. I haven't asked for specifics, but the "fuckin' sucks" opinion is one Kennedy seems to acknowledge.
You loved her or you wanted to poke her with sharp, fiery sticks. To make up for my neglect of MTV in the 90s, I researched clips on YouTube to find a hostess resembling a bespectacled Darlene Conner, only more interested in her environment. Not enough material to determine if she fuckin' sucked at her job, so I'll let more seasoned critics decide that. From what I gathered in this collection of rambling vignettes which are interspersed with chapters that serve as interviews with a number of these musicians , Kennedy was basically the 90s rock galpal, couch surfing at rock stars' homes and grimacing as everybody at MTV kissed Clinton's ass during a major youth vote campaign - apparently Kennedy was quite a unicorn at Broadway, perhaps the lone conservative among her peers.
While many stories provide nice gossip, not all have happy endings. I do wish I had more access to MTV archives to know if Kennedy's broadcast style matched her writing, regardless of the twenty-year gap. To me, the book rambles, and while fans may enjoy the "interview" chapters I thought them out of place, as though others encroached on Kennedy's time by sharing their memories. Whatever you think or thought of Kennedy, her legacy is cemented in her short MTV tenure, and The Kennedy Chronicles serves as an interesting, albeit uneven, history of the time. Fans of the VJ and the musicians featured in her anecdotes will likely appreciate the book the most.
Jun 10, Maureen rated it really liked it. I grew up in the 90s, but wasn't old enough to really grasp the blooming "alternative" scene. I remember more of the bands and songs that were popular during that time than I do about Kennedy. I wanted to read this book to get personal stories of some of my favorite bands. She does have quite a few stories, many involving I grew up in the 90s, but wasn't old enough to really grasp the blooming "alternative" scene. She does have quite a few stories, many involving musicians or men that I greatly admire Trent Reznor, Henry Rollins, Dweezil Zappa, to name a few.
I couldn't help but to think perhaps she was an unreliable narrator on a few occasions, but that might be because her life was so crazy and even surreal to her. I know a lot of people seem to dwell on the grammar or writing style of this book. She writes in her train of thought, which is very hurried and almost vomit of the mouth style. I know that sounds negative, but it's almost like you can hear her voice reading each story. I thought it gave the narratives character, which this book is full of her personality.
I was afraid going in that I would greatly dislike Kennedy. The majority of her story revolves around how she was a straight-edge virgin in a world of sex, drugs, and rock and roll However, she is a genuine person and I think that speaks a lot for people in her position. I think she was just being herself and you can't blame someone for that.
I found many moments in her life touching and I felt sympathetic to her when she was getting in trouble for being herself. I would recommend the book to anyone who loved the 90s particularly MTV and the alternative music scene.
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It made me wish I was older to appreciate what was going on with music at the time. I will remember the glimpse I had into the "golden age" of MTV, and thanks to Kennedy, I got to read about the softer side of the hardened alternative veterans of the time. Oct 17, Jacob Riordan rated it liked it.
As an avid music aficionado, I was impressed mainly by two facts: One, Kennedy got to not only meet, but have close and intimate friendships as well as heated fights with famous singers from Johnny Rzeznik of Goo Goo Dolls to Noel Gallagher of Oasis respectively, and two, she remained a virgin throughout her career. Her dominance through individuality sparked a flame that ignited the intense passion for an overall feeling of liberation and freedom of expression in the 90s.
Best of all, this was done by honest means for the most part which is solidified and guaranteed by the fact that she was a virgin throughout her career. On the other hand, she did have to use lying and deceit. For example, in the case of the Beach House creation, this idea was originally shunned by the men and women with authority over Kennedy but she saw work needed to be done and took the initiative to make her idea happen. This in essence is the American Dream and should be the means every young adult and entrepreneur strives for a better self and a better country, for Kennedy saw a means of getting ahead and had the freedom to do so while stopping at nothing to attain her ambitions.
Jan 10, Emi Bevacqua rated it it was ok Shelves: non-fiction , journalist. This author's main theme was her own Reluctant Abstinence, and I just don't care that she was a young sober virgin through the 90's at MTV and moreover I don't consider that a valid excuse for her being as inappropriate, reckless, vicious, and gross as she so vaingloriously presents herself as being in this book.
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This whole thing comes across as mean and petty poison penning. And not edited very well, so while many bits were repeated several times throughout the book and within a page, or even This author's main theme was her own Reluctant Abstinence, and I just don't care that she was a young sober virgin through the 90's at MTV and moreover I don't consider that a valid excuse for her being as inappropriate, reckless, vicious, and gross as she so vaingloriously presents herself as being in this book. And not edited very well, so while many bits were repeated several times throughout the book and within a page, or even a paragraph , other parts seemed haphazardly mentioned without sufficient set-up what Vegas adventure with Kiefer Sutherland?
I thought I remembered liking Kennedy, and granted she is a better writer than the original VJs collectively, but 1 that's a low bar and 2 I was only able to enjoy parts where Kennedy was describing things not about herself. I can't believe she's the product of the Pacific northwest, but it makes sense that she's in California now With that mouth, and those body issues. Wrestling with Trent Reznor. Making out in a coffin with Dave Navarro. Dodging calls from Courtney Love. In her characteristically edgy and irreverent voice, Kennedy delivers a juicy and revealing narrative perfect for Gen X and beyond—and for anyone who wants to know what really went on at MTV.
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