Video Slut

Video Slut

How I Shoved Madonna Off An Olympic High Dive, Got Prince Into A Pair of Tiny Purple Woolen Underpants, Ran Away From Michael Jackson's Dad, and Got A Waterfall to Flow Backward So I Could Bring Rock Videos to the Masses

Book - 2010
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When video killed the radio star, Sharon Oreck was calling the shots.

Video Slut takes an irreverent look behind the scenes of the music-video industry during its eighties heyday. Oreck, one of the top producers of all time, bluffed her way into the business with no experience whatsoever and went on to produce more than six hundred video shoots with Madonna, Sting, Mick Jagger, Prince, and several members of the increasingly unstable Jackson family--not to mention a cadre of delinquent caterers, deranged interns, self-absorbed record executives, and malfeasant animal trainers.

Oreck also shares the at turns hilarious, biting, and poignant story of her origins as a single teen mother, disowned by her middle-class parents, and of her journey from welfare to kung fu movie sets to film school. She approaches her own delinquency and that of the superstars she encountered with humor and candor. The result is an acerbic but sympathetic account of the outrageous effects of fame, power, and money on people in the entertainment business. No one is spared, especially herself.

Publisher: New York : Faber and Faber, 2010.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780865479869
Branch Call Number: 791.4302 ORECK S
Characteristics: viii, 245 pages ; 21 cm.


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PrimaGigi Oct 08, 2012

Sharon Oreck interposes her professional and personal life into a wacky, hilarious tale. From trying not to get her ass kicked by Joe Jackson to getting michael to fein interest in Naomi Campbell, you are introduced to how exactly she was put into this positions of power in the first place. A teen mother at 16, kicked-out, alone and on welfare. Sharon refused to live off the system anymore and did what she could to survive to:( i.e. bullshit her way to the top). it's a quick read, funny at times, slightly momentous at others. You will find yourself going to Youtube to look over the videos mentions. I would even suggest listening to the song as you read the chapter its about.

Jul 30, 2012

Thought this might be a light, gossipy, fun read. Wrong on all counts and incredibly negative - the author denigrates herself, her co-workers, her employees and her clients. The tone was probably supposed to be "hip" and "cool" (quotation marks used deliberately) but instead comes across as nasty.


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