The 120 Minutes Archive

Lou Reed: Take no prisoners

Lou Reed

The great Lou Reed has died at 71. The 120 Minutes Archive remembers him the best way we know how, by looking back at his stint hosting an early episode of MTV’s 120 Minutes in 1986. Join us by watching these video clips from the show.

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MTV’s grunge poet laureate

Maggie Estep

I was browsing my own website and I ran across this short spoken word piece by Maggie Estep that aired on MTV back in 1993 as part of a series called “Free Your Mind”, presumably named after the En Vogue song of the same name. It inspired me to write out some thoughts I had about it and the era it came from.

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Date set for 120 Minutes premiere

Logo: MTV2's 120 Minutes with Matt Pinfield

It’s official: 120 Minutes is coming back on MTV2, and this time, the name of the series is 120 Minutes with Matt Pinfield. The resurrected series will premiere very late (1 a.m.) the night of Saturday, July 30, and will also be available online. Here’s the full text of the press release as published on the MTV Press website.

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120 Minutes to debut in July

Matt Pinfield at Bonnaroo Music Festival

MTV’s recently resurrected alternative music series, 120 Minutes, is tentatively set to premiere on MTV2 the last Saturday night in July, according to returning host Matt Pinfield. In an interview at Bonnaroo Music Festival with The Weekly Feed, the podcast from Louisville’s WFPK radio station, Pinfield talked about the process that brought back 120 Minutes and what to expect when the show premieres.

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MTV brings back 120 Minutes

Matt Pinfield

MTV announced it will resurrect the legendary alternative music video series, 120 Minutes, and bring back its most recognizable host, Matt Pinfield, for another run. The series, which originally ran on MTV from 1986 to 2000, and on MTV2 from 2001 to 2003, will return later this year to MTV2 as a special monthly program hosted by Matt Pinfield. It will be joined by a new weekly web feature, 120 Seconds.

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MTV minus Music Television

It’s been 7 years since 120 Minutes went off the air, yet it took MTV until this year to drop its official “Music Television” tagline from its name and logo. In this update, we look at life in the post-MTV era. Is there any room for music television in 2010 and beyond? Let’s analyze the current situation and find out.

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