Spotlight is On: Books in Music Videos

I’ve not seen a lot of books in music videos.

Have you ever thought about that? Out of all things, books seem to be the least popular items with music video directors and music artists alike. Why would that be?

Some of you might laugh in my face and argue that books are nothing exciting. That bling, semi-clad teenage girls and clubs look better on TV. But do they?

Just stop and think about it. There’s a definite connection between the world of music and the world of the written word. I mean, they go together like Fred Flinstones and Barney Rubbles. Why separate them?

Think of the major impact that seeing books in a Jay-Z or Taylor Swift* music video can have on our beyond-MTV, You-Tube-crazy generation. ENORMOUS. It will put books right back where they belong: on the coolness shelf. Call me old-fashioned, but that „coolness” shelf is not the place for pimps, booze and flashy rides.

This is not to say that every single music video should have books somewhere in the background. Not at all. What surprises me is that they’re so adamantly avoided by video producers and artists.

I did find one video where books adorn the melodies of the one-and-only Brooke Fraser.

Delighted to introduce you to: Without You. This also happens to be one of my favourite love songs.

Please enjoy and please share other music videos that in any (however insignificant) ways include books.

* disclaimer: Jay-Z and Taylor Swift randomly picked by a non-follower of the mainstream music industry

awesome pic by photosteve101

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