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Outside the Jukebox: How I Turned My Vintage Music Obsession Into My Dream Gig

From the creator of the sensation Postmodern Jukebox--with millions of fans globally--comes an inspirational memoir about discovering what you love and turning it into a creative movement. With student loan debt piling up and no lucrative gigs around the corner, Scott Bradlee found himself in a situation all too familiar to struggling musicians and creative professionals, unsure whether he should use the little income he had to pay his rent or to avoid defaulting on his loans. It was under these desperate circumstances that Bradlee began experimenting, applying his passion for jazz, ragtime, and doo wop styles to contemporary hits by singers like Macklemore and Miley Cyrus--and suddenly an idea was born. Today, Postmodern Jukebox--the rotating supergroup devoted to period covers of pop songs, which Bradlee created in a basement apartment in Queens, New York--is a bona fide global sensation, having collected more than three million subscribers on YouTube while selling out major venues around the world and developing previously unknown talent into superstar singers. From its Etta James-inspired rendition of Radiohead's "Creep" to its New Orleans jazz interpretation of Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass," the group has established a sound like no other, crafting hits as exquisitely sublime as they are humorously absurd. But it wasn't always as easy as the YouTube videos make it look. As he worked to establish Postmodern Jukebox, Bradlee struggled through the obstacles that every self-employed artist or entrepreneur with a vision faces: how to collaborate successfully on teams with divergent visions, how to outrun the naysayers, how to chase the next innovation when your reputation makes others start to pigeonhole you, and so many of the other challenges lining the path to success. Taking readers through the false starts, hilarious backstage antics, and unexpected breakthroughs of Bradlee's journey from a lost musician to a musical kingmaker --and presenting all the entrepreneurial insights he learned along the way--Outside the Jukebox is an inspiring memoir about how one musician found his rhythm and launched a movement that would forever change our relationships to our favorite songs....

Title : Outside the Jukebox: How I Turned My Vintage Music Obsession Into My Dream Gig
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ISBN : 9780316415736
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 pages
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Outside the Jukebox: How I Turned My Vintage Music Obsession Into My Dream Gig Reviews

  • Hope Smash

    This book is not the normal kind of book that I like to read. To be honest I only purchased the book because there was a sale on the PMJ discography and you got a discount if you bought the book too. But I was pleasently surprised upon reading it. It was fascinating reading the history of how PMJ got it's start. There were lots of juicy tidbits that I didn't know. Scott Bradlee's anecdotes were hilarious and I found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion. The story was also honest an ...more

  • Cassidy

    As a long time Postmodern Jukebox fan, I devoured this book. I loved hearing all the backstory of how one of my favorite artists--one I admire most for their creativity and uniqueness--came to be. Scott Bradlee is funny, honest, and self-deprecating throughout the book and downplays the massive amount of effort and skill it must have taken to become not only an incredibly accomplished jazz pianist but a big-time music producer. As someone who works in health care with modest musical abilities an ...more

  • Angeliris Zayas

    I’ve seen PMJ live in Florida, France and Portugal, and when I thought I couldn’t get more inspired by this group, I got the chance to read this book! Beyond the amazing content in itself, it's like having a warm cup of coffee with Scott while he's sharing with you his long way to success in the face of all adversity. It’s awesome to get to know the story of how he built this amazing project step by step with hard work, creative vision and consistency. It’s time to see each PMJ video with a new ...more