Party of One

Party of One

A Memoir in 21 Songs

Book - 2016
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"From comedian, Esquire contributor, and former MTV VJ Dave Holmes, the hilarious memoir of a music geek and perpetual outsider fumbling his way toward self-acceptance, with the music of the '80s, '90s, and '00s as his soundtrack. Dave Holmes has spent his life on the periphery, nose pressed hopefully against the glass, wanting just one thing: to get inside. Growing up, he was the artsy kid in the sporty family. At his high school and Catholic college, he was the closeted gay kid surrounded by crush-worthy straight guys. And in his twenties, in the middle of a disastrous career in advertising, he accidentally became an MTV VJ overnight when he finished second, naturally, in the Wanna Be a VJ contest, opening the door to fame, fortune, and celebrity--you know, almost. But despite all the close calls, or possibly because of them, he just kept trying, and if (spoiler alert) he never quite succeeded, at least he got some good stories out of it. In Party of One, Dave tells the hilariously painful and painfully hilarious tales--in the vein of Rob Sheffield, Andy Cohen, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Paul Feig, and Augusten Burroughs--of an outsider desperate to get in, of a misfit constantly changing shape, of a guy who finally learns to accept himself. Structured around a mix of hits and deep cuts from the '80s, '90s, and '00s--from Bruce Springsteen's 'Hungry Heart' to Wilson Phillips's 'Impulsive' to En Vogue's 'Free Your Mind' and beyond--and punctuated with interludes like 'So You've Had Your Heart Broken in the 1990s : A Playlist, ' this book is for anyone who's ever felt like a square peg, especially those who found their place in the world, as we often do, around a band, an album, or a song. It's a laugh-out-loud funny, deeply nostalgic story about never fitting in, never giving up, and listening to good music along the way"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Crown Archetype, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780804187985
Branch Call Number: 780.92 HOL
Characteristics: 274 pages ; 22 cm


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bibliotechnocrat Oct 05, 2016

What's a good Catholic boy, obsessed with top 40 hits and pop culture generally, to do with his life? Be a VJ on MTV of course. Holmes has a spritely style and plainly a good nature. I enjoyed spending time with him between the covers (of this book). This is a fun read, even if I missed many of the musical allusions.

Sep 26, 2016

An MTV VJ during my coming-of-age years, Dave Holmes shares funny and poignant tales from his time at the network, obsessing over music, and growing up gay during the eighties and nineties. Maybe because I know him as a pop culture personality and not strictly a comedian, I was surprised to find this to be one of the more hilarious books I've read in a while. Definitely recommend this one.


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