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Party of One - A Memoir in 21 Songs

Dave Holmes

From former MTV VJ Dave Holmes, the hilarious memoir of a perpetual outsider fumbling towards self-acceptance, with the music of the '80s, '90s, and today 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 son in the sporty family. At his all-boys 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. In Party of One, Holmes tells the hilariously painful and painfully hilarious tales-in the vein of Rob Sheffield, Andy Cohen, and Paul Feig-of an outsider desperate to get in, of a misfit constantly changing shape, of a music geek who finally learns to accept himself. Structured around a mix of hits and deep cuts from the last four decades-from Bruce Springsteen's "Hungry Heart" and En Vogue's "Free Your Mind" to LCD Soundsystem's "Losing My Edge" and Bleachers' "I Wanna Get Better"-and punctuated with interludes like "So You've Had Your Heart Broken in the 1990s: A Playlist" and "Notes on (Jesse) Camp," this book is for anyone who's ever felt like a square peg, especially those who have found their place in the world 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 letting good music guide the way. - NPR "Best Books of 2016": Staff Picks, Biography & Memoir, For Music Lovers, Funny Stuff, Non-fiction Categories

From former MTV VJ Dave Holmes, the hilarious memoir of a perpetual outsider fumbling towards self-acceptance, with the music of the '80s, '90s, and today 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 son in the sporty family. At his all-boys 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. In Party of One, Holmes tells the hilariously painful and painfully hilarious tales-in the vein of Rob Sheffield, Andy Cohen, and Paul Feig-of an outsider desperate to get in, of a misfit constantly changing shape, of a music geek who finally learns to accept himself. Structured around a mix of hits and deep cuts from the last four decades-from Bruce Springsteen's "Hungry Heart" and En Vogue's "Free Your Mind" to LCD Soundsystem's "Losing My Edge" and Bleachers' "I Wanna Get Better"-and punctuated with interludes like "So You've Had Your Heart Broken in the 1990s: A Playlist" and "Notes on (Jesse) Camp," this book is for anyone who's ever felt like a square peg, especially those who have found their place in the world 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 letting good music guide the way. - NPR "Best Books of 2016": Staff Picks, Biography & Memoir, For Music Lovers, Funny Stuff, Non-fiction Categories
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From former MTV VJ Dave Holmes, the hilarious memoir of a perpetual outsider fumbling towards self-acceptance, with the music of the '80s, '90s, and today 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 son in the sporty family. At his all-boys 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. In Party of One, Holmes tells the hilariously painful and painfully hilarious tales-in the vein of Rob Sheffield, Andy Cohen, and Paul Feig-of an outsider desperate to get in, of a misfit constantly changing shape, of a music geek who finally learns to accept himself. Structured around a mix of hits and deep cuts from the last four decades-from Bruce Springsteen's "Hungry Heart" and En Vogue's "Free Your Mind" to LCD Soundsystem's "Losing My Edge" and Bleachers' "I Wanna Get Better"-and punctuated with interludes like "So You've Had Your Heart Broken in the 1990s: A Playlist" and "Notes on (Jesse) Camp," this book is for anyone who's ever felt like a square peg, especially those who have found their place in the world 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 letting good music guide the way. - NPR "Best Books of 2016": Staff Picks, Biography & Memoir, For Music Lovers, Funny Stuff, Non-fiction Categories

Language:

English

Length:

6h 21m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:31


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:10


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:22


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:28


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:29


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:11


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:47


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:25


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:16


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:59


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:27


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:06


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:26


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:04


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:58


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:30


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:25


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:53


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:58


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:02


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:09


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:18


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:07


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:00


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:27


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:16


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:50


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:03


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:53


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:22


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:03


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:18


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:59


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:07


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:23


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:14


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:04


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:59


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:33


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

02:30


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:04


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:33


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:20


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:10


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:01


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:41


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:13


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:33


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:09


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:47


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:41


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:58


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:07


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:19


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:59


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:14


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:52


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:22


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:16


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:18


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:15


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:50


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

00:26