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The Kennedy Chronicles: The Golden Age of MTV Through Rose-Colored Glasses

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3.18 of 5 stars 3.18  ·  rating details  ·  169 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Kennedy’s off-the-wall memoir reliving the popmusic and the madness as an MTV VJ in the 1990s

“I am Kennedy from MTV, and no matter where I go someone has a story to tell me about the time we grew up together.”



Known to millions simply by her middle name, Kennedy helped bring the cutting edge of culture into our living rooms during the 1990s through her outrageous segments a
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published July 30th 2013 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Megan
Easily the worst book I've read this year. Though Kennedy claims that people either loved or hated her in the 90s, I was ambivalent myself until I read this book. This book seriously needed a decent editor - it was rambling, disjointed and girlfriend needs to learn how to use commas. I don't expect a literary masterpiece from a VJ, but please. I also got the distinct feeling on more than one occasion that I was being lied to (chalk it up to those "rose colored glasses" I guess). I mean what was ...more
Orsolya
Anyone who watched MTV in the early 90s knows who Kennedy, the curly-mopped, glasses-wearing, smart-mouthed, hipster VJ, was. Hosting the late-night program, “Alternative Nation”; Kennedy hobnobbed with the crème de la crème of early 90s rock bands. Kennedy reveals her personal stories in, “The Kennedy Chronicles: The Golden Age of MTV Through Rose-Colored Glasses”.

Those readers expecting a chronologically-written celebrity memoir with literary merit; will be sorely disappointed with “The Kenne
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Kevin Camp
This should be taken on as a fun read, not as anything profound or serious. The narrative jumps all over the place and should have been made more seamless with an editor. I wish the author would have focused more on character development and less about her own opinions. Though a generally funny person, Kennedy tries too hard to be shocking and inventive, spewing bad puns and toilet humor left and right, which eventually wears very thin.

However, as a teen of the 1990's, I did enjoy the gossipy q
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Rebecca Raeske-Grinch
I'm going to guess she wrote this herself, because the alternative is she had a really shitty editor. The grammar in this book is making me nuts.

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.
Demonkittie (Amy)
*I was given a free copy of this book from netgalley.com for a fair and unbiased review*

I loved this book. I remember Kennedy from when I was a kid. When I was about 8 years old she was a VJ and I do remember seeing her on TV, and I always liked her. I never knew that much about her being so young and all, and reading this was a total riot. I really loved it. I would never have thought she was a straightedge virgin when she was a VJ. It almost blows my mind that she could do that. I admire her f
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Lisa Lute
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. 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 personal
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Jeff Raymond
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 1993, 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 ...more
Onyxavatar
Absolutely loved this book. Kennedy's writing is witty and fast paced.; there were moments where I laughed out loud. I liked the behind-the-curtain look at MTV and learning about the stars she encountered during her tenure. The part about Tom York was very funny, her interaction with Trent Reznor and Dave Navarro was very interesting. The fact that she was the inspiration for "Name" by The Goo Goo Dolls was very juicy.

The only negative I have is that the time line is a bit all over the place. O
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Tanya
I did enjoy reading this one. I admit I did not like Kennedy when she was on KROQ, but she grew on me when she was on MTV. 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.
Eva
Jun 07, 2013 Eva rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
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.
Christopher
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.
emi Bevacqua
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. 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 ...more
Kate
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!
Ashley
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. .. the book is written in the manner in which she speaks and I love the follow up interviews that to me just prove the memoir is the memory of the writer. Someone reviewed regarding grammar... this isn't an English ...more
Niffydee
I was born in 1984, 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 ...more
Maureen
I grew up in the 90s, but wasn't old enough to really grasp the blooming "alternative" scene. Between '92-'97 (the time frame of Kennedy at MTV) I was ages 6-11. That being said, MTV was on constantly in my household, so I was exposed to some of the "golden age" of MTV.

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
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Dana
I received this book through a goodreads giveaway. I lived through the VJ era, so I was intrigued to read about what was going on behind the scenes. Considering the book was a pre-release copy, it still had some spelling and grammar errors that need fixing. Additionally, the book is set up oddly. While the majority of the book moves from the oldest events to the most recent, there was some awkward and confusing sections that went back and forth in time. An experienced editor would be very helpfu ...more
Kathryn
2.5 stars

ARC received by the publisher via NetGalley.

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 1990s as the golden age of MTV, and some may debate that. Me, I saw it as the beg
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Jacob Riordan
The Kennedy Chronicles: The Golden Age of MTV Through Rose-Colored Glasses does not meet its full expectations. 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. The beginning of the story starts out phenomenally with Kennedy’s rise ...more
Robert Kelen
While it's not likely to win a Pulitzer, it's a fun read for those of us who remember the days (and watched religiously) when MTV actually played music videos. If you get nostalgic at the mention of names like Bill Bellamy, Tabitha Soren (and Martha Quinn, if you're old enough), 120 Minutes, etc., then you'll probably find this behind the scenes look at the heyday of MTV very entertaining (as I did).
Jeremy
Kennedy, the world needs you back on TV! If you are of a certain age, you either loved or hated Kennedy's wacky presence on MTV, where she introduced "music videos," back before "the youtube." As a kid I found her annoying and endearing in equal measure, just like this book. Her stories are sometimes really funny, and further her case that there was a golden era for MTV, but the book would be more substantial if she discussed the immense changes the music industry went through as MTV defined its ...more
Jen
Dec 28, 2013 Jen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
you know when you pick up a memoir to read about specific things about a person and they end up dwelling on shit you don't care about and then barely mention the things you wanted to hear about? yeah, well this book ain't like that. she jumps right into the meat (while remaining a virgin til marriage, wut!...a republican virgin, wut wut?). I watched a lot of mtv growing up and this was an entertaining read and exactly what you'd want to learn about if you picked up a book written by an mtv vj. a ...more
Michael Scotto
This was a fun read, but could have used a little more editing. Still, an illuminating tale from a unique time in music.
Ev
I used to stay up until midnight or set my VCR to record Alternative Nation everynight during the early nineties, so I remember Kennedy well. Being a teenager, before the Internet was invented, it was the only outlet to hear music from other parts of the country/world outside of live shows. I remember in 1991 the first time I saw the Smells Like Teen Spirit video, it changed my life! So I was pumped up to read this book, but I thought it was just...ok. There's some cool stuff, but honestly a lot ...more
Kerri
So... I'm just a little younger than Kennedy and, though she was kind of annoying on MTV, I was jealous of her gig and very interested in her behind-the-scenes stories. Those do not disappoint. And I really liked that she interviewed some of the key people in her anecdotes/personal journey to get their memory of things. But she was still annoying!! I'm glad I read it though, to have those stories filed in my brain - dirt on Trent Reznor or the Zappas for example - I'll just remember it filtered ...more
Traci
I loved it! I just finished the whole book and it brought back so many memories. To the point I was frantically at times looking for youtube to back up the stories and videos of the days. I was a teen in the nineties and to see an awesome nerd-goddess on TV was a looking up point for me. Kennedy stood out for sure. And if you want a behind the scenes peek into that MTV X-Gen era this is the perfect book!
Julie Ivens
This book is like Adam Carolla's book (Not Taco Bell Material)-it's funny, there is no holding back, and I would only tell my husband to read it. If you were a teenager who loved music and/or watched a lot of MTV in the 90's (yes and yes) then you may enjoy this book. Be warned, there are things in here you will read that you cannot wash out of your brain. So be ready for that.
Kristen
I gave this book two stars instead of one because I managed to finish it, which I wasn't sure I would be able to do at one point. The most interesting parts were her interviews with other celebrities. I also give her points for calling out people who she thought were jerks and not being fake nice toward them. I felt exhausted after finishing it, and not because it's 2:12 a.m.
Fred
At first, I really enjoyed this book. But Kennedy writes just like she talks. So for a few chapters it is somewhat amusing. But then it becomes mind-numbing and difficult to read. If you are a Kennedy fan, then I would absolutely get this book. If you are looking to relive some of the glory days of MTV, there are better books out there than this.
E Shay
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. 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.
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Lisa Kennedy Montgomery (stage name Kennedy) is an American political satirist, radio personality, and former MTV VJ. She was the host of MTV's now-defunct daily late-night alternative rock program Alternative Nation throughout much of the 1990s.
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