"It's fun to read the first-person accounts of the people who were actually there and made it all happen. I thought it was an accurate and entertaining narrative of a singularly important era in pop culture history." --Weird Al Yankovic
"'MTV Ruled the World: The Early Years of Music Video' takes us on a trip back to the time when the ‘M’ in MTV actually stood for music. Our tour guides are the performers, industry professionals, and creators of the phenomenon that had everyone clamoring, 'You'll never look at music the same way again'." --Nina Blackwood, MTV VJ
"MTV Ruled the World covers the channel's formative years, when music videos evolved from something only a handful of companies even considered into a hugely profitable arm of the industry."
--Ron Wynn, Option Magazine
"MTV Ruled The World
brought back some great memories. It's also a very interesting, entertaining and informative book that captures an important part of music history." --Chad Bowar, about.com
"Amazingly comprehensive oral history featuring over 70 interviews with both the talent from that era of MTV and a plethora of the A-list artists featured on the channel during the time period." --Matt Wardlaw, popdose.com"The book not only pulls the curtains back on the upstart video channel but reveals what was happening industrywide in the 1980s." --Steven Rosen, curledup.com"Greg has complied a wondrous microscopic view into MTV’s formation and it’s earliest and what some would deem as its most essential years." --Arasia Magnetc, thewellversed.com“MTV Ruled the World details the halcyon days of a television channel and its VJs that impacted pop culture in ways its creators couldn’t possibly have ever imagined." --Peter Lindblad, Backstage Auctions Inc.“MTV Ruled the World covers a variety of subjects from the channel’s humble beginnings to the controversy over their decision early on to avoid playing black artists. There is even one hilarious chapter dedicated to music videos that served as career killers. --David Medsker, bullz-eye.com"Similar to Prato's other books, MTV Ruled The World is written in the oral history format, as the story of the station is told from the interviewees' point of view." --Shon Troelstrup, Rockstar Weekly"MTV Ruled the World' will make you miss the original MTV, and make you say, 'I want my MTV!'" --Stone & Double T, WXRX, Rockford, IL
About the Author
Greg Prato is a Long Island, New York-based journalist, whose writing has appeared in such renowned publications as Rolling Stone, All Music Guide, and Classic Rock Magazine. He is the author of several popular books, 'A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon,' 'Touched by Magic: The Tommy Bolin Story,' 'Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music, 'No Schlock . . . Just Rock!,' 'The Eric Carr Story,' 'MTV Ruled the World: The Early Years of Music Video,' and 'Sack Exchange: The Definitive Oral History of the 1980s New York Jets.'