Why Unplugged matters, even when it doesn’t

More of a curiosity.  The unplugged craze was an appropriate reaction to the overproduction typical at the time…

According to I Want My MTV: The Uncensored History Of The Music Video Revolution, an oral history by Rob Tannenbaum and Craig Marks, Unplugged has a few self-proclaimed creators. Producers Jim Burns and Bob Small (both of whom ended up with the official “created by” credits) claim they came up with the idea after seeing Bruce Springsteen perform acoustically at Madison Square Garden; executive producer Joel Gallen says he thought of it after arranging for Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora to play unaccompanied at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards. (In I Want My MTV, Small says Bon Jovi himself has claimed creator status, and implores Tannenbaum and Marks, “Please do not credit Bon Jovi for creating Unplugged. Jon Bon Jovi thinks he was the inspiration for it. He wouldn’t even do the fucking show until 2007.” Note to self: Do not mention Jon Bon Jovi in the presence of Bob Small.)

via The A.V. Club.

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