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Michael Tedder

Top Eight: How Myspace Changed Music

Top Eight: How Myspace Changed Music

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"A brilliant and addictive chronicle of a pop explosion that helped shape our moment. An absolute delight to read." --Rob Sheffield, bestselling author of Love is a Mix Tape, Dreaming the Beatles, and other books

In extensive interviews with scene pioneers and mainstays including Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional), Geoff Rickly (Thursday), Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance), Gabe Saporta (Midtown/Cobra Starship), and Max Bemis (Say Anything), veteran music journalist Michael Tedder has crafted a once-in-a-generation exploration of emo and The Scene that is as forthright as it is tenderly nostalgic, taking to task the elements of toxic masculinity and crass consumerism that bled out of the early 2000s cultural milieu and ultimately led to the implosion of emo's first home and the best social media network, MySpace.

When MySpace thrived, the Internet was still fun. Top Eight recalls the excitement and freedom of the era, an unprecedented time when a generation of fans were able to connect directly with the bands and musicians they idolized, from Colbie Caillat to Lil Jon. MySpace changed everything, and Top Eight gives major voices of the era the chance to tell us why it couldn't last.

Author: Michael Tedder
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Published: 08/15/2023
Pages: 400
Weight: 0.00lbs
ISBN: 9781641606585

About the Author
Michael Tedder has written about music, film, the entertainment industry, television, health, and masculinity for Esquire, Playboy, Money, The Street, the New Republic, Stereogum, Vulture, Variety, the Daily Beast, The Ringer, the Village Voice, and MEL. He is the former managing editor of the music magazine CMJ and the pop culture magazine Paper, and was a founding editor of the critical discussion website The Talkhouse. He cofounded the New York-based music critic reading series and podcast Words and Guitars. He lives in the New York metro area.
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