The world of music videos before MTV

MTV did not invent the concept of the music video. In fact, people had been creating song clips on video and film since the 1920s.

Messynesschic.com has this article of pre-MTV videos played on long-forgotten devices like the Scopitone, a hulking video jukebox that appeared in bars, restaurants and truck stops in the 1960s.

For some spare change, music fans could watch and listen to a “soundie” like this.

This is perhaps the most famous Scopitone soundie ever made, although most people don’t realize that was its original purpose.

Read more here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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