Former MTV music snob (in a good way), Courtney Smith’s new book, RECORD COLLECTING FOR GIRLS, comes out today.
Why buy it? For starters, Courtney knows her shit. Girl’s got a music library (bigger than your ipod’s) in her head and in her heart, and a trigger finger so intuitive it just knows when to push play for the mood you’re in right now… or now… or now.
Or you could just buy it because you like this new trailer for the book.
I asked Courtney some questions about the book:
Courtney, your book’s incredible, I’ve read it. How do you remember all these songs?
How could I forget any of these songs? There are many songs I wish I could forget, like everything by Soulja Boy and “The Pina Colada Song (Escape)”, but they’re all stuck in my head forever. What I really love are when songs get tied to people in my mind and they don’t even know it. We’ll talk about that with you, Ross Martin, in a few questions.
When you look back at your time here at MTV, what pops into your head?
When I’m answering questions for Ross Martin the first thing that pops into my head is the mtvU Woodie Awards. Two specific memories come to mind. The first time we met in a planning meeting for the Woodies and you got up and shook my hand, then we all argued for an hour over what the categories would be. That was one of the most fun conversations every at MTV. And when we taped the segments for the first ever Woodies, watching back The Killers accepting their award. It is a classic awkward moment captured on film that I strongly feel more people should get to watch in retrospectives when the time comes.
I think of you as someone who’s so insightful, you could find multiple songs for any emotion or moment. What would Ross Martin’s theme song(s) be?
You know you are forever linked to Matisyahu in my mind, because you were such a huge champion of his on mtvU. Your first theme song is “King Without a Crown.” I would also have to admit that you are a very “Eye of the Tiger” person. You’re always so energetic and nothing seems to get you down. You never said no to one of my bad ideas ever, that I recall. But I may have just blocked it out if you did.
In 140 characters or less, how would you describe the book?
“Because girls get their hearts broken and make mixtapes about it, too.” (That’s my tagline, it’s pretty good right?)
What question did I forget to ask you?
So, are you going to write any more books?
Me? Uh, yeah. My next book is called “AWARD-WINNING CARE FOR NON-HEALING WOUNDS.” For serious.