The History of Music Video, Part One (1976-1993)

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Taught by Stephen Pitalo

Stephen Pitalo once won a Toyota 4x4 on VH1's "Name That Video" game show in 2001, which started him down the path to becoming the world's leading music video historian. His blog includes inside stories from the era, as told by the directors and artists. His first book, SHOOT THE SINGER, features artist interviews from the genre's heyday in the 80s & 90s, and will be available this spring. He has interviewed more than 60 directors of classic music videos for his next book WELCOME TO THE HOUSE OF FUN. He curates VEVO's 80sOnVevo Youtube Page, is music correspondent for NTN24's Planeta Gente, and currently hosts and curates the monthly FRIDAY NIGHT VIDEOS show @LastExitBar in Brooklyn.

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The Golden Age of Music Video (1976-1993) marks a revolutionary era of growth for the genre known as music video.

In this class, we'll examine that rise from Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” through Guns N’ Roses “November Rain”, through the eyes of the filmmakers that created them and the artists who became on-camera stars. Culled from more than a hundred interviews with music video directors and artists, we'll trace the history of the music video from its birth as a performance clip through that amazing era when pioneering & revolutionary filmmakers experimented to create the iconic music videos we still watch today.  

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