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

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, May 25, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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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.

 

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Contents

1 Sun Comes Up
3
2 The Ledge
21
3 The Glamorous Life
41
4 There Goes the Neighborhood
57
5 When Doves Cry
65
6 Whats the Matter Here?
77
7 Broken Land
95
8 Wicked Game
103
11 Papa Dont Preach
147
12 Sorta Like a Prayer
155
13 In the Meantime
179
14 In the Stupid Closet
187
15 Work to Do
205
16 Loose Interpretation
215
17 RIP in Heaven
231
Acknowledgments
243

9 Its About Time
121
10 Well Be Together
127

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About the author (2010)

Sharon Oreck is a film, video, and commercial producer. Between 1984 and 2000 she was the owner-operator of O Pictures. She is an Academy Award nominee and the recipient of a Grammy Award, two Women in Film Awards, and several MTV Awards.

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