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

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
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780316415736
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    Postmodern Jukebox са единствените, които могат да ме накарат да си пусна неща като Bad Romance или пък Shape of You, да придадат с...

  • Diana

    I think I should just start off with saying that Postmodern Jukebox is the only reason I listen to (and am even familiar with) some songs. As I said last Christmas when suggesting them "It's the songs...

  • Cheryl

    By all appearances, Scott Bradlee and his ensemble cast of sheer talent and unbridled energy, Postmodern Jukebox, were an overnight success; but the real story is far more revealing and entertaining. ...

  • Kevin Meachem

    Extremely enjoyable if you are a fan of PMJ. Watching the videos he describes as I read added to my enjoyment. The book traces the origins and rise of PMJ and might provide some insight to marketing o...

  • 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. Sco...

  • Kindred St.Germain

    As a Postmodern Jukebox megafan, I was ecstatic when I first heard Scott Bradlee decided to write a book. I got my copy as soon as possible, and quickly realized this read would be impossible to put d...

  • Cheryl

    A friend told me about PostModern Jukebox a couple of years ago and I was blown away by this creative and very unique musical project. I am an amateur piano player/student and I love ragtime and jazz ...

  • Rachel

    Scott has a knack for storytelling (in addition to his skills as a musician, arranger, producer, etc.) so naturally I found myself smiling throughout reading Outside the Jukebox, unable to put the boo...

  • Trevor Fox

    This book is fabulous! I discovered Postmodern Jukebox a couple of years ago when my music teacher did a lesson based off of them. Afterwards, I went home and spent hours watching their videos and lis...

  • Amber

    While I was fairly certain I would enjoy this book when I ordered it, as I was already a fan of Mr. Bradlee and Postmodern Jukebox, I wasn’t expecting to be quite so taken with it.Mr. Bradlee’s am...