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Video Days: and What We Saw Through the Viewfinder Paperback – March 14, 2012
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Beautifully written and rich in historical detail, the book took my breath away with its scope and accuracy. Cain is a master of the cryptic comment, the elliptical phrase and the sequenced non-sequitur. Her writing is funny, engaging and meaningful to all those who relished the ironic realities of the so-called counterculture, as Cain and other media radicals provided alternative coverage of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions from 1972 to 1992 along with other political milestones. Cain's genius is to reveal how the ideals and messages of this counterculture have shaped present day media in a way 60s radicals never would have believed.
Video Days should be read by everyone wanting to know the spiritual heritage of social media---this is where it started, kids.
Update, Sept. 24, 2015: The new chapter, "Psychic in Retrospect", added in 2014, lends an important note of historical ideology to the book, linking pirate TV to Citizen Journalism and thus to Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. It would be well to include Video Days in the curriculum of college Mass Communications programs, as we endeavor to construct a paradigm for today's mass media.
Recently read this article regarding a documentary about Nancy Cain's group of Videofreex and other early portapak backers:
Can't wait for feature film depiction of those heady times, which will be ten times brighter/funnier than Coen Bros' "Inside Llewyn Davis" was dark.
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You've never read anything like this fascinating, beautifully written memoir before because nobody ever did what Nancy Cain and the Videofreex did before: they were among the early... Read morePublished on June 27, 2013 by Phaedra
Nancy Cain's VIDEO DAYS is a first rate book that works on multiple levels. It's a moving personal history and also provides an essential first hand account of how video has... Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by Paul Lovelace