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HISTORY OF MUSIC VIDEOS at Sprockets Industry Talks (2 days!)


What do life-size wax figures and one of Motown's most successful acts have in common? Plenty, according to Stephen Pitalo, creator and author of the music video blog Pitalo relates that the Madam Tussaud's version of Michael Jackson was used in the Jacksons' "Torture" music video, as Jackson refused to come to a set that featured four of his own brothers.

Pitalo was motivated to begin his music blog while composing his forthcoming book Welcome to the House of Fun: Inside The Golden Age of Music Video. "I figured a blog about the directors and artists would help solidify an audience and help establish my place in the (music video) canon," says Pitalo. His book will focus on music videos produced from 1976 to 1993, when MTV was accepting all forms of rock and pop videos.

A few of the landmark music videos from this era that he often discusses are Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and the music videos from the Guns and Roses's Use Your Illusion albums. According to Pitalo, these music videos are often discussed because "videos of the Golden Age had the time, money, and fun that allowed them to take risks and create groundbreaking and boundary-pushing material." 

Pitalo will be bringing his knowledge and humorous tales on the Golden Age of Music Video to this year's Sprockets Music Video Festival, held July 18-19 in Athens, GA. Pitalo will be attending Sprockets Music Video Festival for the first time this year, where he is excited to see what the local Georgia and international directors alike have created. He's also excited to visit Athens, the "Mecca of Southern Alternative Music," and learn more about R.E.M's large body of work.

In addition to his blog and forthcoming book, Pitalo's music video commentary can be found on Twitter at @stephenpitalo. Catch him and many other music video aficionados at The Sprockets Music Video Festival July 18-19 in Athens, GA.  For information on tickets, please visit

Story by: Erin Miller

Saturday July 19th (day): Sprockets Industry Talks

The History of Music Videos w/ music video historian Stephen Pitalo
1pm @ the Melting Point  []

THE HISTORY OF MUSIC VIDEO is a chronological recounting of the evolution of the music video from Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”in 1976 through Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain”in 1993, also known as THE GOLDEN AGE OF MUSIC VIDEO. Hear about great moments, important events and behind-the-scenes stories, collected by Stephen Pitalo for his book research on this revolutionary era.

and then:

Music Videos in The Digital World
w/ Adam Fairholm of
3pm @ the Melting Point  []

$2 suggested donation / FREE with Sprockets' wristband

To celebrate, here's one of our favorite music videos from the 80s! 


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