An inside peek at the life of a MuchMusic VJ...When you think of urban pop culture icons at "the nation’s music station" over the past decade, only one name comes to mind: Master T. "T" has been an employee at Much since their doors opened in 1984 (in 1990 he hit the air full-time as a VJ) and in that time he's helped fuel the growth of urban music in Canada and become world renowned for his relaxed, well-researched style of interviewing. So much so that musical artists such as Shaggy, Eminem, and the Spice Girls have specifically requested that Master T be their host for high-profile much interview segments. This part-Much-retrospective, part-autobiography will provide a behind-the-scenes peek at the bejeweled, dreadlocked wonder as he rubs shoulders with A-list celebrities from Barry White and the Backstreet Boys to Mary J. Blige and Madonna during his intimate interview sessions. Much Master T fuses together stories of his life migrating from England to Kitchener, Ontario, becoming a pitchman for the hugely successful Dance Mix CDs, his views on diversity on Canadian TV, and how he helped usher in Much's unconventional style of political reportage. Included are never-before-told stories of having his head pulled into Scary Spice's cleavage, interviewing Tupac just days before his murder, and coercing a very pregnant Lauryn Hill-on-sabbatical to perform an exclusive gig at his MuchMusic goodbye blocko party.
About the authors
Dalton Higgins is an author, publicist, National Magazine Award–winning journalist and festival producer whose six books and 500+ concert presentations since 2002 have taken him to Denmark, Australia, France, Colombia, Spain, Curaçao, Germany, Cuba, England and many parts of the United States. His biography of rapper Drake, Far From Over, is carried in Cleveland’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and his Hip Hop World book is carried in Harvard University’s hip hop archive. His latest book, Rap N’ Roll, is a collection of non-fiction essays that delve into a world where race, technology, music and counterculture collide. Higgins has written essays and educational lesson plans for numerous academic textbooks focused on technology, pop culture and hip hop, including iSkills: From Txt To Talk and Rhymes to Re-Education, and he just wrote a chapter for a forthcoming anthology about indigeneity and blackness in hip hop culture.