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Прочетете вдъхновяващия мемоар на създателя на Postmodern Jukebox за любовта към джаза в 21 век, милионите фенове по целия свят и как да превърнеш личното си хоби в истинска кариера! Когато се мести в Ню Йорк - световна столица на джаза - опитният пианист Скот Брадли очаква да открие кариерата и признанието, което му се дължи, да го очакват с отворени обятия зад ъгъла. Но и Прочетете вдъхновяващия мемоар на създателя на Postmodern Jukebox за любовта към джаза в 21 век, милионите фенове по целия свят и как да превърнеш личното си хоби в истинска кариера! Когато се мести в Ню Йорк - световна столица на джаза - опитният пианист Скот Брадли очаква да открие кариерата и признанието, което му се дължи, да го очакват с отворени обятия зад ъгъла. Но има причина Ню Йорк да е музикална столица и тя е, че всички музиканти са там. Затрупан от дългове, сметки, безработица и нерадости, Скот бързо се намира в добре познатия стереотип за прегладнелия музикант, живеещ в мазе в големия град. В тези отчайващи обстоятелства обаче той не се отказва, а започва да експериментира, като смесва модерните поп хитове по радиото с истинската си страст - класически джаз. Не след дълго изпод пръстите му се появява джаз кавър на Thrift Shop от рапъра Макълмор, Майли Сайръс в стил "Брилянтин" и Лейди Гага като от времето на "Великият Гетсби"! Скот качва своите парчета в YouTube. Успехът е почти светкавичен, а фенове от цял свят се тълпят, за да бъдат пренесени чрез музика в слънчевия и безпроблемен свят на едно по-просто отминало време. Пет години по-късно YouTube каналът на Postmodern Jukebox има над три милиона последователи, а супергрупата обикаля целия свят постоянно и без спирка. Очаквайте концерта ? и в София на 15 май тази година. От провален музикант до крал на джаза, Скот Брадли превежда читателите през провалите, сълзите и трудностите, до момента, когато намира своя ритъм и кара целия свят да затанцува с него.


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Прочетете вдъхновяващия мемоар на създателя на Postmodern Jukebox за любовта към джаза в 21 век, милионите фенове по целия свят и как да превърнеш личното си хоби в истинска кариера! Когато се мести в Ню Йорк - световна столица на джаза - опитният пианист Скот Брадли очаква да открие кариерата и признанието, което му се дължи, да го очакват с отворени обятия зад ъгъла. Но и Прочетете вдъхновяващия мемоар на създателя на Postmodern Jukebox за любовта към джаза в 21 век, милионите фенове по целия свят и как да превърнеш личното си хоби в истинска кариера! Когато се мести в Ню Йорк - световна столица на джаза - опитният пианист Скот Брадли очаква да открие кариерата и признанието, което му се дължи, да го очакват с отворени обятия зад ъгъла. Но има причина Ню Йорк да е музикална столица и тя е, че всички музиканти са там. Затрупан от дългове, сметки, безработица и нерадости, Скот бързо се намира в добре познатия стереотип за прегладнелия музикант, живеещ в мазе в големия град. В тези отчайващи обстоятелства обаче той не се отказва, а започва да експериментира, като смесва модерните поп хитове по радиото с истинската си страст - класически джаз. Не след дълго изпод пръстите му се появява джаз кавър на Thrift Shop от рапъра Макълмор, Майли Сайръс в стил "Брилянтин" и Лейди Гага като от времето на "Великият Гетсби"! Скот качва своите парчета в YouTube. Успехът е почти светкавичен, а фенове от цял свят се тълпят, за да бъдат пренесени чрез музика в слънчевия и безпроблемен свят на едно по-просто отминало време. Пет години по-късно YouTube каналът на Postmodern Jukebox има над три милиона последователи, а супергрупата обикаля целия свят постоянно и без спирка. Очаквайте концерта ? и в София на 15 май тази година. От провален музикант до крал на джаза, Скот Брадли превежда читателите през провалите, сълзите и трудностите, до момента, когато намира своя ритъм и кара целия свят да затанцува с него.

30 review for Scot Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox, или музиката извън кутията

  1. 5 out of 5

    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 you like, in the styles I love. Who doesn't win?" I have always joked that I was born in the wrong era because I am obsessed with the past. Especially the music; so finding Postmodern Jukebox was the greatest thing ever (I believe my first was the Shake It Off cover. Make me like a Taylor Swift son 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 you like, in the styles I love. Who doesn't win?" I have always joked that I was born in the wrong era because I am obsessed with the past. Especially the music; so finding Postmodern Jukebox was the greatest thing ever (I believe my first was the Shake It Off cover. Make me like a Taylor Swift song and you've definitely got something). If possible this book made me a bigger fan of not only Scott Bradlee but everyone and anyone involved in turning Postmodern Jukebox what it is today. He keeps it so real and down to earth. The way he tells his story left me with a "tell me more, tell me everything' feeling. It's basically the same rabbit hole with the videos; you can't just watch one. I can't not admire this success story that literally started off as a one man operation. It's come so far for something that started off on YouTube. This book tells how it all happened, from the humble beginning to, what is obviously still, the humble present. Within the story of his ups and downs; it has a great message for both creative people (like myself) and anyone with aspirations; it's not easy but you never know what might happen if you work hard enough and don't give up.

  2. 5 out of 5

    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. “Outside the Jukebox” is an intimate and insightful look into the unexpected and often chaotic creative process that transforms a one-man-show into a collaborative phenomenon. Scott writes with such keen self-awareness and refreshing candor, it feels like a casual chat at the piano bar. Between stori 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. “Outside the Jukebox” is an intimate and insightful look into the unexpected and often chaotic creative process that transforms a one-man-show into a collaborative phenomenon. Scott writes with such keen self-awareness and refreshing candor, it feels like a casual chat at the piano bar. Between stories of behind-the-scenes antics and Scott’s quick wit, I was entertained until the very last note (I mean page). As an arts educator, I’m always on the lookout for inspiring personal stories from creative leaders. From sharing his core values that maintain a positive reputation to his strategy for building a loyal fanbase, Scott offers practical and relatable advice for any creative entrepreneur. And when things don’t go as planned, he also shares how he embraced the creative chaos and quieted his internal critic. Scott’s memoir honors the musicians who influenced him and the fans whom he inspires – which itself is proof why Postmodern Jukebox has become a global sensation that’s both timely and timeless. Encore, Scott Bradlee. Encore!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    This is the story of how the founder of Postmodern Jukebox created the group. It’s a band with rotating performers that takes current Top 40 hits and gives them a 1930-40s swing or jazz treatment. The group started when the founder and his girlfriend made a video in his NYC basement and put it on YouTube. The video went viral and now they sell out major venues globally. I, myself, saw them at the Sydney Opera house and it was a GREAT show. An easy read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dr.

    As a four-year PMJ fan, it was fun to hear back stories behind many of the concerts I attended and come to know the band a little better.

  5. 4 out of 5

    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 one’s art in a digital age. Not great literature, but a fun, quick summer book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    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. Scott Bradlee is funny, honest, and self-deprecating throughout the book and downplays the massive amount of effort and skill it must have taken to become not only an incredibly accomplished jazz pianist but a big-time music producer. As someone who works in health care with modest musical abilities an 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. Scott Bradlee is funny, honest, and self-deprecating throughout the book and downplays the massive amount of effort and skill it must have taken to become not only an incredibly accomplished jazz pianist but a big-time music producer. As someone who works in health care with modest musical abilities and no show biz ambitions, I enjoyed the parts about Scott Bradlee's story in particular more than the bits about how to succeed in music, but those were few and far between and did not impede my enjoyment of the book one bit. Would highly recommend reading this to a soundtrack of Postmodern Jukebox--really rounds out the experience. I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ken Hammond

    Never heard of this style of music, I liked it in the end. Found how he started his you tube page rather interesting. It's all about the music not so much the musicians a very different approach to it all. Never heard of this style of music, I liked it in the end. Found how he started his you tube page rather interesting. It's all about the music not so much the musicians a very different approach to it all.

  8. 4 out of 5

    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 down. “Outside the Jukebox” translates every aspect of Bradlee’s genius from the stage to the page, serving as part-memoir and part-how-to book on creating a successful project. This book whisks the reader through various chapters of Scott Bradlee’s life, culminating with the viral fame of Postmodern 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 down. “Outside the Jukebox” translates every aspect of Bradlee’s genius from the stage to the page, serving as part-memoir and part-how-to book on creating a successful project. This book whisks the reader through various chapters of Scott Bradlee’s life, culminating with the viral fame of Postmodern Jukebox. While I already knew the abbreviated backstory of how PMJ began, I really enjoyed obtaining an inside perspective on the group’s growth over the years. There are so many unbelievable and hilarious anecdotes, both of failure and success, tucked in this book that I gained an entirely newfound appreciation for the group by the time I finished reading. My favorite portions of “Outside the Jukebox” contained stories about how some of PMJ’s most notable members became a part of the group. Scott Bradlee speaks of each artist so highly and respectfully, highlighting how their individual personalities make up the imperfectly perfect rag-tag team that is the PMJ collective. This book also allowed me to relive some of the most magical concert experiences of my life (most notably seeing PMJ play Radio City Music Hall). Some of my fondest memories of the group are forever immortalized through Scott’s writing, and I need only reread the pages to be reminded of such incredible experiences. “Outside the Jukebox” truly offers something for everyone. You don’t have to be a musician or entrepreneur to take away the valuable lessons Bradlee teaches about finding your own voice in the world. Much like Postmodern Jukebox itself, this book is an ode to all the “creeps and weirdos” out there who feel like they don’t fit in well elsewhere. Scott Bradlee sees us, knows us, and has finally given us a home.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Evans

    I finished reading last night, and I have so many words and feels. I gotta say this book is kind of a gold mine. My area of creative entrepreneurship is not in any way related to music, but this book outlines practical ways to pursue any kind of "dream gig" in the arts, particularly in leveraging the technology available and using different platforms to build and engage an audience. I liked that it pointed out how technology has changed industries so that we in the arts can take control and forg I finished reading last night, and I have so many words and feels. I gotta say this book is kind of a gold mine. My area of creative entrepreneurship is not in any way related to music, but this book outlines practical ways to pursue any kind of "dream gig" in the arts, particularly in leveraging the technology available and using different platforms to build and engage an audience. I liked that it pointed out how technology has changed industries so that we in the arts can take control and forge our own path without necessarily needing to go through traditional routes of getting our art in front of people. Additionally, the first few chapters talk about the importance of mastering your craft, maintaining creative hunger, and not forcing ideas to come, and that was a desperately needed reminder for me. More importantly, this story just made me feel seen. I am 💯💯💯 that kid at the school dance looking for my friends and ultimately waiting on the curb to get picked up early. I'm 💯💯💯 that kid who connected with "what the hell am I doing here" on a soulish level. This is Scotty B's story about how he found his place in this world, but it really hit home for me, and I think it will for anyone who has the proverbial and/or literal music in them, trying to break free. It's also just a really great book. Words and storytelling are my actual area, and this is a captivating story that is engaging, witty, funny, and emotional. I bought the signed copy because I thought it would fun to have, but now it's full of hundreds of post-its, highlights, and notes in the margins. 🙃

  10. 5 out of 5

    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 book down. The stories are captivating, entertaining, and informative. While I have no ambitions as a musician beyond a hobby, as an engineer I have always appreciated the behind-the-scenes look at how things are made. In his book, Scott is humble and honest as he shows the good, the bad and the crazy 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 book down. The stories are captivating, entertaining, and informative. While I have no ambitions as a musician beyond a hobby, as an engineer I have always appreciated the behind-the-scenes look at how things are made. In his book, Scott is humble and honest as he shows the good, the bad and the crazy parts of his journey. (The Walmart story, “Aunt” Agatha, Alan Alda, and the flame-o-phone are a few of my favorite moments. As a side note, as many times as I’ve heard PMJ’s Burn cycle through on Pandora, I had never actually watched the video, but after reading that story I had to track it down just to see Adam’s reaction.) Important life lessons, for anyone: - Pay your bills. - Maybe try to not share a wall with neighbors when turning your living room into a recording studio. - Learn when to lean on the support and expertise of others, and when to trust your instincts. - Be your own authentic self. I’ve been a Postmodern Jukebox fan for awhile and have been to a couple shows, so I may be a little bit biased, but I can’t recommend this enough; for creative types, casual listeners, or someone looking for a good story of a guy figuring out how to make his dream a reality.

  11. 5 out of 5

    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 so Bradlee's style was particularly fascinating to me. I saw this book on the new books shelf at the library, took a peek and thought it might be inspiring. It was. It's a very quick read and I enjoyed it. I found Bradlee pretty honest and down to earth considering the level of celebrity and success 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 so Bradlee's style was particularly fascinating to me. I saw this book on the new books shelf at the library, took a peek and thought it might be inspiring. It was. It's a very quick read and I enjoyed it. I found Bradlee pretty honest and down to earth considering the level of celebrity and success he has achieved. PMJ is a unusual musical project because it has created a space for uniquely talented people who might not find a place to shine in the mainstream entertainment industry. It's also an unusual collaboration, focusing on the collective effort rather than the individual. He shares a number of kernels of wisdom from the lessons he learned along the way, an interesting book for anyone who aspires to express themselves creatively in whatever form. Don't be a perfectionist. Keep your ego in check. Work hard but don't wait too long until you think you are "ready" to share your work. Collaborate with others. And if you are unlucky enough to want to be a professional artist, be prepared to sacrifice personal relationships, sleep, and any other interests to achieve that goal. And if you succeed, don't expect it to last unless you are willing and able to constant ly reinvent yourself.

  12. 4 out of 5

    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 listening to their amazing music. As a jazz, rock, and pop piano player, it's great to see all the different techniques and styles that Scott Bradlee and PMJ incorporate into modern-day hits! Ever since I've started watching PMJ, I've always wanted to learn more about Scott and how he created this amaz 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 listening to their amazing music. As a jazz, rock, and pop piano player, it's great to see all the different techniques and styles that Scott Bradlee and PMJ incorporate into modern-day hits! Ever since I've started watching PMJ, I've always wanted to learn more about Scott and how he created this amazing group. When I heard Scott was going to make a book I was thrilled and so happy when I was given the chance to read it before everyone else! It's really wonderful to learn about how he got started and the inspirations Scott had as a child. From his early years as a pianist being bored out of his mind in piano lessons to being the massive success Scott is today is fascinating and truly inspiring to me as a pianist. This book is filled with so many uplifting tips and one-liners for anyone that wants to be successful at something that they're truly passionate about. Outside the Jukebox is not only a fantastic read, but one that will really inspire and enthrall anyone who reads it! I highly recommend you read this book if you are a fan of Postmodern Jukebox, Scott Bradlee, or music in general! Happy reading and kudos to Scott!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    And with that, I've finished reading my first book of the new year, Outside the Jukebox. I laughed, I cried, and I learned a lot in the process. I didn't just learn about Scott Bradlee and Postmodern Jukebox, though. The wisdom expressed in this book actually led me to an unexpected epiphany about myself, my own life experience, and realizing my own dreams. I cannot rave enough about this book. Outside the Jukebox is one of the most inspiring things that I have had the pleasure of reading in a v And with that, I've finished reading my first book of the new year, Outside the Jukebox. I laughed, I cried, and I learned a lot in the process. I didn't just learn about Scott Bradlee and Postmodern Jukebox, though. The wisdom expressed in this book actually led me to an unexpected epiphany about myself, my own life experience, and realizing my own dreams. I cannot rave enough about this book. Outside the Jukebox is one of the most inspiring things that I have had the pleasure of reading in a very long time. Bradlee's conversational tone makes the concepts presented relatable, even if you aren't a budding musician or entertainment personality. I am in awe of his "go-getter" ambition and his "self-starter" drive. However, the themes of youthful irresponsibility and underachieving remind you that this man is only human. His story shows that it is possible to make your dreams come true, but that reaching them may not look quite like what you thought that it would. Thank you, Scott Bradlee and all of the PMJ family, for your hard work over the years, the beautiful music, and this moving story. Congratulations on your well-deserved successes and I pray that you all will continue to find many more.

  14. 4 out of 5

    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 amiable personality comes through with every anecdote, sharing the bad with the good in a down-to-earth manner that almost makes you forget that he’s the creator of the larger than life Postmodern Jukebox. The stories are often funny, occasionally nerve-wracking, and there’s even a tale or two where I migh 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 amiable personality comes through with every anecdote, sharing the bad with the good in a down-to-earth manner that almost makes you forget that he’s the creator of the larger than life Postmodern Jukebox. The stories are often funny, occasionally nerve-wracking, and there’s even a tale or two where I might have gotten just a bit misty (shut up!). I loved the unpretentious advice about success, about the value of the company you keep and the way you treat others. What resonated most, though (aside from video game/music/clothing references that took me right back to my childhood), were the introspective bits; about perfectionism and how it can hold us back. About feeling slightly out of place, feeling like the “weirdo” sometimes, and how that’s ok. I highly recommend this book for all creators; whatever their medium or aspirations, there’s bound to be plenty of inspiration, delivered with a healthy dose of entertainment.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Shah Rizal

    I've been a fan of PMJ ever since I heard their cover of We Can't Stop 2 years ago and almost every other song they released since then has been a hit for me. This book tells the story of PMJ's creator, Scott Bradlee from his early years up to now. It is a heartwarming and inspiring tale of the hardships, barriers, fun and laughter as PMJ evolved from its humble beginnings to what it is today, capable of sold out shows and millions of views in their Youtube Channel. Every artist should read this I've been a fan of PMJ ever since I heard their cover of We Can't Stop 2 years ago and almost every other song they released since then has been a hit for me. This book tells the story of PMJ's creator, Scott Bradlee from his early years up to now. It is a heartwarming and inspiring tale of the hardships, barriers, fun and laughter as PMJ evolved from its humble beginnings to what it is today, capable of sold out shows and millions of views in their Youtube Channel. Every artist should read this book as Scott shares with his readers lots of advice on making it as a creator in this digital age, from engaging fans, to how a creative should give their very best no matter how small the gig is. There are times I read this book and would be very inspired to pick up my sax and start playing. Managing a band myself, I am very grateful that Scott shared his ways of managing PMJ and I would definitely use some of the pointers he gave! I'm reading this a second time to fully grasp all the advice he dishes out! Totally recommend this book!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Monty Mitra

    If you're a fan of the group, it's a quick and enjoyable read. But beyond that, it's really an interesting journey of how Scott built Postmodern Jukebox into what it's become, far beyond just a bunch of interesting songs and videos. I had no idea how far he'd taken it. As someone who reads a bunch of bland business books, this is a far better alternative to those as he talks about honing his product, marketing, scaling, leadership, etc. He's even got some interesting analysis on using social med If you're a fan of the group, it's a quick and enjoyable read. But beyond that, it's really an interesting journey of how Scott built Postmodern Jukebox into what it's become, far beyond just a bunch of interesting songs and videos. I had no idea how far he'd taken it. As someone who reads a bunch of bland business books, this is a far better alternative to those as he talks about honing his product, marketing, scaling, leadership, etc. He's even got some interesting analysis on using social media. Why read some Harvard Business Review book about being creative when you can read it first hand here? I have a few quibbles with the writing but they're not worth mentioning except for the main one. And this may be an unfair criticism, but for whatever reason, his writing voice wasn't what I was expecting. It felt like it may have gone through heavy sanitizing in the editing process. Maybe I'm wrong about that but I couldn't shake that feeling. Overall, definitely worth the read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kameka

    I didn't know I want to read this book until I read it! Three quick thoughts about this book: 1) It was unexpectedly funny - I found myself laughing out loud, in public, as I was reading this book. Some of it was just too unbelievable or odd not to laugh. Also, I want to meet Rook. He sounds like a real hoot! 2) All great things in life require hard work and perseverance - Such is the case with PMJ. I appreciated learning the backstory and evolution of what has become PMJ today. 3) This book was an I didn't know I want to read this book until I read it! Three quick thoughts about this book: 1) It was unexpectedly funny - I found myself laughing out loud, in public, as I was reading this book. Some of it was just too unbelievable or odd not to laugh. Also, I want to meet Rook. He sounds like a real hoot! 2) All great things in life require hard work and perseverance - Such is the case with PMJ. I appreciated learning the backstory and evolution of what has become PMJ today. 3) This book was an unexpected story of building a business/enterprise - Some may not realize, but Bradlee's story is analogous with building a company, particularly as entrepreneurs who have adopted the "build fast and break things" philosophy are wont to do. Bradlee was open and honest in his telling of the years it took to get to this version of PMJ. In addition, he shares where he made mistakes, learned from them and pivoted to evolve the project into a better version.

  18. 4 out of 5

    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 Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox to appreciate his journey and hard-earned wisdom of how to be creative in this crazy new world of social media. Bradlee's writing is as authentic as his music, making this a fast, enjoyable, and inspiring read, even when I did frequently have to put the book down to watch 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 Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox to appreciate his journey and hard-earned wisdom of how to be creative in this crazy new world of social media. Bradlee's writing is as authentic as his music, making this a fast, enjoyable, and inspiring read, even when I did frequently have to put the book down to watch all of the YouTube videos that are mentioned. Overall, I hope this book is able to find its audience outside of current PMJ fans because I think it can be inspiring to creative people from a variety of different backgrounds to find your voice, stay true to yourself, and most importantly, find your collaborators to help make your wildest dreams come true.

  19. 5 out of 5

    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. Bradlee doesn’t delve deep into his private life or thoughts, but provides ample stories that share how he went from struggling artist, about to give up his dream, to a successful pianist and producer for PMJ. Amongst the pranks and antics of his band mates, Bradlee provides insights into what he feels i 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. Bradlee doesn’t delve deep into his private life or thoughts, but provides ample stories that share how he went from struggling artist, about to give up his dream, to a successful pianist and producer for PMJ. Amongst the pranks and antics of his band mates, Bradlee provides insights into what he feels is necessary for artists today to accomplish their goals. He seems to take care to give credit to others, PMJ members or not, for their efforts that added to the success of PMJ and it appears that there is a lot more he’d say about his colleagues given the space. It did seem like Bradlee was trying to pack a lot into a short book! *Thank you to Hachette Book Group for a few review copy.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Hope Smash

    This book is not the normal kind of book that I like to read. To be honest I only purchased the book because there was a sale on the PMJ discography and you got a discount if you bought the book too. But I was pleasently surprised upon reading it. It was fascinating reading the history of how PMJ got it's start. There were lots of juicy tidbits that I didn't know. Scott Bradlee's anecdotes were hilarious and I found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion. The story was also honest an This book is not the normal kind of book that I like to read. To be honest I only purchased the book because there was a sale on the PMJ discography and you got a discount if you bought the book too. But I was pleasently surprised upon reading it. It was fascinating reading the history of how PMJ got it's start. There were lots of juicy tidbits that I didn't know. Scott Bradlee's anecdotes were hilarious and I found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion. The story was also honest and extremely heartwarming. I caught myself tearing up from time to time too. Scott offers lots of advice to creative types that I found applicable to myself and my own life choices. The best part about this book was that it was honest and raw and real. If you are a PMJ fan, an artist looking to head out into the world, or both you are going to love this book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    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 touring globally with performance groups. His easy, chill narration covers stories from his life vignette-style that point toward his future path (piano lessons, losing himself in jazz, already doing mashups in his teens, posts pop tunes mixed with ragtime on YouTube in mid-2009) noodling with self 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 touring globally with performance groups. His easy, chill narration covers stories from his life vignette-style that point toward his future path (piano lessons, losing himself in jazz, already doing mashups in his teens, posts pop tunes mixed with ragtime on YouTube in mid-2009) noodling with self-promotion, live stream concerts, creating the soundtrack for bio shock infinite, playing live inhouse pre-shows for Sleep No More, and suggestions for others to promote themselves and find fame in music/online.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Danielle T

    It occurs to me by now, I should have an "internet: the book" shelf. Primarily autobiography, with advice sprinkled throughout for aspiring artists/life lessons and general, Scott Bradlee describes how he went from fun, weird mashup projects to filming a viral video in his basement that eventually became a creative collective. Initially, I was a bit worried this might turn into a self-helpy kind of thing like Alexis Ohanian's Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Manag It occurs to me by now, I should have an "internet: the book" shelf. Primarily autobiography, with advice sprinkled throughout for aspiring artists/life lessons and general, Scott Bradlee describes how he went from fun, weird mashup projects to filming a viral video in his basement that eventually became a creative collective. Initially, I was a bit worried this might turn into a self-helpy kind of thing like Alexis Ohanian's Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed, but Outside the Jukebox leans far more on the biographical side. Great for any PMJ fans to see behind the scenes (especially the period when Robyn left and when they started rotating in more people). I've also seen them twice live, both times at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland- the first time with Scott Bradlee as bandleader, and more recently with hat-dude-whose-name-escapes-me- they put on a fantastic show and well worth going to one, especially if you're a fan of their YouTube vids. Also, pay your bills/rent, folks. Ignoring the phone doesn't make them magically go away.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Elise

    I love PMJ and was very excited to read this book. It did not disappoint. I really enjoyed the ride of the creation of what has become PMJ and appreciate the honesty of the struggles it took. I bought this book because on listening to an interview about it I heard the story of the music of Bioshock Infinite and can't believe I hadn't put two and two together before. I also really enjoyed the advice about the changing of the music industry and the behind the scenes of what it takes to produce and I love PMJ and was very excited to read this book. It did not disappoint. I really enjoyed the ride of the creation of what has become PMJ and appreciate the honesty of the struggles it took. I bought this book because on listening to an interview about it I heard the story of the music of Bioshock Infinite and can't believe I hadn't put two and two together before. I also really enjoyed the advice about the changing of the music industry and the behind the scenes of what it takes to produce and record albums. It was a fun read and I would absolutely recommend it to not only any PMJ fans but those who want to become recording artists or YouTube famous.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    This was a fun memoir from the man behind Postmodern Jukebox. This felt like a classic 4 and a half star book, but I rounded it up. Bradlee's development in the first handful of chapters is fascinating, a little less so are the chronicles of the up and down of PMJ. In the end, I rounded up because Bradlee works to connect his story with the story of any other creative people reading-- and to offer some insightful advice about staying true to your creative impulses without compromising your life This was a fun memoir from the man behind Postmodern Jukebox. This felt like a classic 4 and a half star book, but I rounded it up. Bradlee's development in the first handful of chapters is fascinating, a little less so are the chronicles of the up and down of PMJ. In the end, I rounded up because Bradlee works to connect his story with the story of any other creative people reading-- and to offer some insightful advice about staying true to your creative impulses without compromising your life or your values. Entirely worth reading if you love PMJ or if you're any kind of artist trying to figure out your path.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Peter P.

    Enjoyable read as Scott Bradlee, the founder and musical inspiration behind Postmodern Jukebox, takes us on a ride through his beginnings in music through his triumphant appearance at his (almost) hometown Radio City Music Hall. While there are elements of the usual rags to riches, from his first You Tube videos recorded in a basement apartment in Queens, NY, to international tours at increasingly great locations throughout the world, Bradlee's telling of his tale never seems less than honest an Enjoyable read as Scott Bradlee, the founder and musical inspiration behind Postmodern Jukebox, takes us on a ride through his beginnings in music through his triumphant appearance at his (almost) hometown Radio City Music Hall. While there are elements of the usual rags to riches, from his first You Tube videos recorded in a basement apartment in Queens, NY, to international tours at increasingly great locations throughout the world, Bradlee's telling of his tale never seems less than honest and self-aware. Definitely a good read for fans of music in general, struggling artists and, of course, for the legions of fans who enjoy the throwback sensibility of PMJ's take on contemporary songs.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mark Bullock

    I picked this book up because I was interested in how the author built his project, Postmodern Jukebox, from nothing more than a love of vintage music and a desire to do something he would really enjoy. He succeeded beyond all expectations, mostly by learning hard lessons along the way but also by being aware and staying true to his dream. Redoing popular songs into vintage formats started out as a YouTube project but has grown into multiple touring shows, several albums, and a rotating cast of I picked this book up because I was interested in how the author built his project, Postmodern Jukebox, from nothing more than a love of vintage music and a desire to do something he would really enjoy. He succeeded beyond all expectations, mostly by learning hard lessons along the way but also by being aware and staying true to his dream. Redoing popular songs into vintage formats started out as a YouTube project but has grown into multiple touring shows, several albums, and a rotating cast of talented musicians. Check out the YouTube channel, I don't think you'll be disappointed. This is the story of how it all happened. Four stars.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Angeliris Zayas

    I’ve seen PMJ live in Florida, France and Portugal, and when I thought I couldn’t get more inspired by this group, I got the chance to read this book! Beyond the amazing content in itself, it's like having a warm cup of coffee with Scott while he's sharing with you his long way to success in the face of all adversity. It’s awesome to get to know the story of how he built this amazing project step by step with hard work, creative vision and consistency. It’s time to see each PMJ video with a new I’ve seen PMJ live in Florida, France and Portugal, and when I thought I couldn’t get more inspired by this group, I got the chance to read this book! Beyond the amazing content in itself, it's like having a warm cup of coffee with Scott while he's sharing with you his long way to success in the face of all adversity. It’s awesome to get to know the story of how he built this amazing project step by step with hard work, creative vision and consistency. It’s time to see each PMJ video with a new perspective…As a musician I recommend this book 100%!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Andy C

    I've enjoyed PMJ's music ever since Scott did his Ragtime 80s medley. It was nice learning about his life before PMJ and his struggles with wanting to practice the piano. I had no idea he experienced such difficulty with student loans before rerouting his career via YouTube. He also did a great job explaining the backgrounds of the backing musicians who appear on each song. This is a must read for people who aspire to become professional musicians. If you're struggling to make your dreams come t I've enjoyed PMJ's music ever since Scott did his Ragtime 80s medley. It was nice learning about his life before PMJ and his struggles with wanting to practice the piano. I had no idea he experienced such difficulty with student loans before rerouting his career via YouTube. He also did a great job explaining the backgrounds of the backing musicians who appear on each song. This is a must read for people who aspire to become professional musicians. If you're struggling to make your dreams come true, in music or elsewhere, reading Scott's memoir will give you enormous guidance.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Fantastic, fun and filled with practical advice for living life; it is like have Scott in your living room telling you the tales of his musical adventures. A quick read with lots of inspirational one-liners this book is really for everyone. It makes you want to listen to all his music again with the increased knowledge of how he came to be where he is now. From misfit kid to a wonderful world famous musician.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mimi

    This was an incredible read. Not because of the writing (which was actually surprisingly good) but by how included I felt in the making of PMJ. I went down the Youtube rabbit hole deep with every story and it took me almost 3 weeks to finish the book. The stories are memorable, the talent and ingenuity awe- inspiring and I just love the whole cast even more. He speaks directly to all the dreamers. "we can't stop". See you in Kohler! This was an incredible read. Not because of the writing (which was actually surprisingly good) but by how included I felt in the making of PMJ. I went down the Youtube rabbit hole deep with every story and it took me almost 3 weeks to finish the book. The stories are memorable, the talent and ingenuity awe- inspiring and I just love the whole cast even more. He speaks directly to all the dreamers. "we can't stop". See you in Kohler!

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