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

  • 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. ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Karen

    As a fan of PMJ for a long time now, this book gives a lot of fascinating behind-the-scenes detail of their creation that I was fully unaware of. But you do not need to have ever even heard of Scott B...

  • Jessica Samuelson

    A Jazz version of Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop”? Sure. Tap dancers? Of course. Flaming saxophone? Yes, please. A sad clown with a golden voice? Umm, Yeah!Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ) ...

  • Jennifer

    This behind the scenes look at Postmodern Jukebox and its creator, Scott Bradlee offers the highlights (and lows) of Bradlee’s life and career in an easy-going, relaxed and often amusing memoir. Bra...

  • Kristine

    Outside the Jukebox by Scott Bradlee is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early June.Bradlee initially gained fame on YouTube for posting mashups between modern pop and vintage music styles before...