Archives Collection


LEWIS, LISA A.                                                                                                        97-045

RESEARCH VIDEOS                                                                                  07-020



Physical Description:

2.5 l.f. comprised of 84 videotapes






These tapes may not be copied under any circumstances and are limited strictly to viewing. Standard copyright laws apply.



            These videos were sent to the Center by Lisa Lewis in September 1995 and March and May of 2008.  The videos are copies of television programs used for her research for articles, dissertation, and books.


Biographical Sketch:

Lisa Ann Lewis was born in Evansville Indiana 27 July 1956. She graduated from Antioch College with a Bachelor of Arts in 1978, was awarded a Master of Arts degree from Northwestern University in 1981 and received her doctorate from University of Texas at Austin in 1987.

While a student at Antioch College she worked as a high school teacher in Wyncote, Pennsylvania, a writer for Mountain Life and Work, a staff worker for the United Farm Workers Union; and in other positions.  She taught television criticism and production for two years at Western Illinois University in Macomb Illinois and was employed as an assistant instructor in the Department of Radio, Television and Film while a student at the University of Texas at Austin.

In 1990 Temple University Press published her book Gender Politics and MTV, which was based in part on her dissertation "Female Address in Music Videos."  The following year she edited the collection The Adoring Audience: Fan Culture and Popular Media.  Both before and after the appearance of these volumes she published a number of articles on women and popular culture and presented papers on the same subject at a variety of academic symposia and conferences.

She currently lives in Los Angeles California.


   --  based on a vita bound into a copy of her dissertation now located in Special Collections


Scope and Content:

Thirty eight (38) VHS format T-120 videotapes containing copies of television programs.  Programs represented include MTV Awards, American Music Awards, Grammy Awards, the Phil Donahue show, the Johnny Carson Show, MTV episodes, and the Live Aid concert.  Artists

represented include Madonna, Pat Benatar, Janet Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Boy George, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, the Eurhythmics, the Rolling Stones, and Billy Joel--but include much more.  The majority of the programs were taken from the air between August 1983 and March 1988. (Two video tapes received in 2008 were unplayable and two were commercial recordings that have been transferred to video holdings.)



This collection is filed by accession number with other manuscript groups.  The Reading Room books and commercial video tapes are searchable through the main MTSU Voyager catalog.


Related Materials:

Two books housed in the Center by Lewis (Reading Room collection) and her dissertation (special collections) can be found in the main MTSU library catalog. Also from her collection are seven (7) compact discs among the recordings of Pat Benatar on Chrysalis Records.  Please also see the Lisa A. Lewis Papers, accession number 94-086, which contains research materials generated by Lewis's research on women in music videos.



46 ½” VHS Video Tapes that arrived 2008:

1.  Music Video Presentation

2.  First Annual MTV Awards 1984 – Best female video

3.  Madonna on Arsinio and Twin Peaks

4.  MTV Madonna video contest “Make My Video”

5.  Madonna music videos 1984 – “Burning Up”, “Borderline”, “Lucky Star”

6.  Music Videos on MTV; BET, 1988

7.  Sex as a Weapon – Pat Benatar

8.  Madonna – “Open Your Heart” 1987

9.  Tucson MTV music videos – Aerosmith, Motley Crew, Michael Jackson

10. MTV Jams; Beavis & Butthead

11. Madonna music video excerpts; Madonna video contest finalist #6

12. MTV News: Madonna interview from Evita set; 1993 movies Laurel Avenue and Sunday


13. Cyndi Lauper music videos: “Blue Angel,” “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “Time after

Time,” “She Bop”; Lauper on Fashion Show; News 1/17/1985 on contest shopping; Record producing segment on Good Morning America.

14. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, “Little Liar”

15. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, “Don’t Surrender”

16. Cyndi Lauper on David Letterman’s 6th Anniversary Special 1988

17. “Rock n’ Roll Christmas” MTV special with Pat Benatar, 1981

18. Cyndi Lauper in trailer for movie Vibes

19. Madonna Live: The Virgin Tour

20. “Wild Island Cruise”; Vibes commercial; Music Video, “Hole”

21. News Hour with Jim Lehrer; Madonna in Concert: “Dress You Up”

22. Cyndi Lauper on Good Morning America 8/2/88– interview about Vibes

23. Music videos: Queen Latifah; Independent; Martika’s Kitchen

24. Pat Benatar music videos: “Lipstick Lies,” “Ooh Ooh Song,” etc.

25. Out of the Blue movie

26. Women in Rock on Showtime

27. Cyndi Lauper interview on MTV 12/14/1986

28. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, “Backlash”

29. MTV News; MTV’s “Wild Island Cruise” with Cyndi Lauper, 1988

30. Pat Benatar music videos and interview 1984; Concert videos from 1983

31. Light of Day, 1/15/1987

32. MTV music videos, Summer 1989

33. Bay Area News; “Screen Scene” 1992; Generations

34. Cyndi Lauper on Entertainment Tonight; Peter Faulk interview

35. MASH; Madonna interview on ABC News

36. News: Selena; MTV Music video “Alice in Chains”; Selena special on FOX

37.Tina Turner, “Private Dancer”; “Typical Male”; Tina Turner interviews 1985; Grammy          Award; ZZ Top.

38. Pat Benatar music video “Love Is A Battlefield”; MTV Bette Midler, “Beast of Burden,”

            First Annual MTV Awards, 1984.

39. Desire/Sex/Power in Rock Video; MTV music videos

40. MTV Best of Spring Break 1988; Paula Abdul “Straight Up;” Guns n’ Roses “Paradise City;”

            Roy Orbison “You Got It.”

41. Prince in concert; Cyndi Lauper in concert; Grace Jones, “A One Man Show.”

42. MTV Peter Jennings on Madonna; Madonna look alikes; The Doors, “The Road House

            Blues;” other MTV music videos.


Separated Materials:


Books –

Holiday with Madonna/ Gordon Matthews

Madonna!/ Mark Bego

The Star Hits 1986 Yearbook

Gender Chameleons: Androgyny in Rock ‘n Roll/Steven Simels


Video –

Tina Turner “Private Dancer”

Madonna – “Burning Up,” “Borderline,” “Lucky Star,” “Like a Virgin”



Updated by LPC May 2008.