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The Kennedy Chronicles: The Golden Age of MTV Through Rose-Colored Glasses Hardcover – July 30, 2013
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Kennedy (one name only, please) was an MTV veejay—or VJ to use the proper nomenclature—during the 1990s heyday of MTV, when it was a “wonderland of musical genres.” In this memoir (of sorts), Kennedy seemingly recalls most everyone she ever met, including Henry Rollins, Howard Stern, Johnny Rzeznik, Courtney Love, Kurt Cobain, Billy Corgan, and many others, while describing how her broadcasting career began at 19, when she was hired as a part-time deejay with absolutely no radio or broadcast experience. This is the story of an enthusiastic, self-proclaimed misfit from Oregon who happened to be at the right place at the right time. Kennedy’s former boss, Andy Schuon, reports that people either loved or hated her. Characteristically, she pulls no punches in writing about the famous people she interviewed. For example, she calls Thom Yorke, the introspective lead singer of Radiohead, “an overly sensitive pretentious ass.” Anyone with an interest in MTV and the culture that it promoted and cultivated will be sure to enjoy this entertaining and irreverent collection of anecdotes and interviews. --June Sawyers
“A backstage look at [VJ Kennedy's] glory years….The book is chock-full of excerpts from her many on-air (and off-the-record) interviews, where she perfected her signature style of "striking a balance between being the girl who will do what takes to get a laugh and the devil that can't be trusted." She dishes about her encounters with a huge range of '90s music culture heroes, including Henry Rollins, Courtney Love, and Dweezil Zappa, as well as her MTV colleagues such as news reporter Tabitha Soren ” ―Publishers Weekly
“Kennedy brought a sweet, sharp, daffy intelligence to MTV that could never be replaced after she left. The good news: It's still in full flower.” ―Kurt Loder
“A mix of Terry Southern's Candy Christian and Woody Allen's Zelig, Kennedy's story is an irresistible story of sex, drugs, and rock 'n'roll that helps explains why the '90s were so goddamned great.” ―Nick Gillespie, editor-in-chief of reason.com and reason TV
“Remember when MTV played music videos and interviewed rock stars? That was a lot of fun. And no VJ had more fun than Kennedy, who could incite the passions of MTV viewers while merely introducing a Slaughter video. I love this memoir, which chronicles her unlikely rise to fame, the sex-themed prank that ankled her career, and her post-VJ adventures – her book has the same snappy wit she brought to her TV appearances. And it's entirely free of Slaughter videos.” ―Rob Tannenbaum, co-author of I Want My MTV