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Outside the Jukebox: How I Turned My Vintage Music Obsession Into My Dream Gig

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From the creator of the sensation Postmodern Jukebox--with millions of fans globally--comes an inspirational memoir about discovering what you love and turning it into a creative movement.

With student loan debt piling up and no lucrative gigs around the corner, Scott Bradlee found himself in a situation all too familiar to struggling musicians and creative professionals,
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Hachette Books
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May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-ficton
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
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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 ...more
Kindred St.Germain
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Trevor Fox
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Shah Rizal
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Hope Smash
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
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
Angeliris Zayas
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Andy C
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Kevin Meachem
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it
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.
Johanna Rothman
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are a creative person, read this book. It has chapters about how to create an independent career, including managing perfectionism and how to find and nurture your audience. Terrific book.

And, if you're a PMJ fan as I am, a fascinating look inside how they became a phenomenon.
Thomas De Ceglie
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A behind-the-scenes memoir of one of my favorite musical acts of all time!
Jessica Samuelson
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Jazz version of Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop”? Sure. Tap dancers? Of course. Flaming saxophone? Yes, please. A sad clown with a golden voice? Umm, Yeah!

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ) is a musical company known around the world for their vintage covers of mainstream songs as well as their lively concerts. His memoir gives readers a front row seat into the wild ride that eventually became Postmodern Jukebox. As a fan of PMJ, I found it really fun to learn about the genesis of the group as
May 02, 2018 rated it liked it
What do you get when you mix vintage jazz with hip-hop? What happens when you mash up ragtime with '90s pop? In Outside the Jukebox: How I Turned My Vintage Music Obsession into My Dream Gig, Scott Bradlee explains how he turned his ability to expand musical boundaries into an international musical sensation.

Bradlee scorned music lessons when he was young. He did, however, enjoy "putting music where it didn't belong," and, as a teenage Wal-Mart employee, organized a rogue performance in the stor
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