Michael Tedder: Top Eight: How MySpace Changed Music

REGISTER for free reading, conversation with Jason Lipschutz, Q&A and signing

Michael will be in conversation with Jason Lipshutz, the senior director of music at Billboard, where he has written about Taylor Swift, U2, Mumford & Sons, Lorde, Blink-182 and Bon Iver, among others. He has contributed to Vibe, The Hollywood Reporter, Spinner and Popjustice. He has appeared on Access Hollywood, Good Morning America, Today, and Entertainment Tonight

"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 TapeDreaming 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.

About the Author

Michael Tedder has written about music, film, the entertainment industry, television, health, and masculinity for EsquirePlayboyMoneyThe Street, the New RepublicStereogumVultureVariety, the Daily BeastThe 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.

Event date: 
Thursday, October 5, 2023 - 7:00pm
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ISBN: 9781641606585
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chicago Review Press - August 15th, 2023