Remember when MTV used to actually play music? Then you probably also remember Kennedy—VJ, host of Alternative Nation and on-the-spot correspondent for MTV News. Back in the ’90s, before Justin Bieber, Teen Mom and the reality TV takeover, Kennedy interviewed everyone from celebrities to politicians during the music network’s golden years.
In The Kennedy Chronicles, Kennedy looks back on the memories of the MTV generation from Nirvana’s seminal performance on MTV Unplugged to the behind-the-scenes insanity of the MTV Beach House.
These pages are not only filled with on-and-off set stories about artists like Bjork, Pearl Jam, Weezer, No Doubt, Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, Oasis, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but all of the off-camera antics with fellow MTV colleagues Jon Stewart, Bill Bellamy, Kurt Loder, and Tabitha Soren. Among Kennedy’s other flashbacks: Playing dice on the men’s-room floor with Michael Jordan, wrestling with Trent Reznor, taking “Puck” Rainey from The Real World to church, making out in a coffin with Dave Navarro, dodging calls from Courtney Love and serving as John Rzeznik’s muse for the Goo Goo Dolls’ hit song “Name.”
This is a great look back for Gen-Xers all grown up who remember the days when reality TV meant The Real World and MTV meant music television.
Kennedy will be speaking and signing copies of The Kennedy Chronicles at Barnes & Noble Warren Street on July 31 and at the Bryant Park Reading Room on August 14.