Stereogum takes a look at 40 video’s from MTV’s first day. Great list that really captures the moment.
At the stroke of midnight on August 1, 1981, MTV employees congregated around half a dozen TV sets in Fort Lee, New Jersey. No cable operator in Manhattan yet carried the inchoate station, so celebrations were held at a bar and restaurant called the Loft. The first night was, as network co-founder and executive Bob Pittman put it, “a total, unmitigated disaster.” It didn’t matter. History had been made.
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