Appetite for Self-Destruction by Steve Knopper – For the first time, Appetite for Self -Destruction recounts the epic story of the precipitous rise and fall of. Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age: : Steve Knopper: Books. Steve Knopper. · Rating details · ratings · reviews. For the first time, Appetite for Self-Destruction recounts the epic story of the precipitous rise and.

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He called MTV and said, ‘This video is on the air by end of business today or else Columbia Records is no longer in business with you. These battles over DRM, distribution and piracy continue. News, self-desstruction interviews, critics’ picks and more. To ask other readers questions about Appetite kno;per Self-Destructionplease sign up. Based on interviews with more than two hundred music industry sources — from Warner Music chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr.

Denne boka tar for seg platebransjens gullalder, som kan kokes ned til to bokstaver: How was it that an incredibly 4. I had some problems with cohesiveness. He lasted less than a year.

Live music began to thrive again,” Dahl says. Technology would have continued to evolve as we’ve seen and alternate means of music distribution developed, and the industry would have found itself exactly in the same position it is in today even if they had embraced, rather than sued, Napster. Her staff eventually disappeared entirely. How was it that an incredibly powerful industry went from raking in the dough to crashing and burning. This book gave me more insight and answers to questions I had into why they f’d up with the digital evolution.

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Or maybe it’s my macro view of seeing sefl-destruction growth everywhere in society. You don’t need to be a music fiend or geek to find this a satisfying read. A wide-angled, morally complicated view of the current state of the music business Knopper does a good job describing this history, industry motivations and personalities behind the major labels.


MTV cofounder Bob Pittman remembers the history a little differently.

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The money from record sales, which had dropped precipitously in and wobbled up and down through the early s, jumped 4. All I’m getting for 99 cents is a digital file, no CD, no case, no artwork. The first to go down, in spectacular fashion, was over-the-top Casablanca Records.

Not so much the music industry, which seems to be chugging along pretty well, but the industry which counted on nearly exponential growth aappetite. He also signed one of the most unique recording acts ofthe New York Mets, and dragged the entire team, many of them drunk, into the studio for an all-night session after they won the World Series.

What appears as a tale of the modern day record era actually dates back even further. He cheated on his wife with a fellow music-business type he called Boom Boom.

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With unforgettable portraits of the music world’s mighty and formerly mighty; detailed accounts of both brilliant and stupid ideas brought to fruition or left on the cutting-room appetitw the dish on backroom schemes, negotiations, and brawls; and several previously unreported stories, Appetite for Self-Destruction is a riveting, informative, and highly entertaining read.

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Unfortunately for the label, Summer broke her contract and fled to industry mogul David Geffen’s new record company. Other editions – View all Appetite for Self-Destruction: Feb 04, Knppper on Books rated it it was amazing.

While Knopper self-destructiin on the eccentric nature of the players in the business, he eschews the gossipy tone typical this type of books and instead points to the business problems that brought the industry down. While labels were focused on creating hits through trends boy bands and pop divas being the one Knopper devotes much coverage to as well as relying on the mainstays of independent promotion and a locked down retail structure, college kids were already fleecing the companies through illegal downloads that the labels really never saw coming.

In the days leading up to the game, Dahl announced on the air that White Sox fans could enter the park for just 98 cents if they brought a disco record.

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While Knopper makes clear that illegal downloads hurt the industry, he does not place the entire blame on illegal file sharing. Thrillerlike Off the Wall before it, wasn’t just brilliant music — it was brilliant business.

The book falters a bit during overlong looks at the technical development of the compact disc and the personal antics of various music big shots, and the detailed descriptions of the power plays, mergers, and management shuffling of the major labels is enough to induce drowsiness. He cheated on his wife with his secretary. I find this difficult to believe. Plus, I’m still pissed about growing up in the 70s and 80s, when you’d buy an album only to find that it was complete crap.

The Sox averaged sixteen thousand fans at their home games that year, and they expected a few thousand people more than usual because of Dahl’s stunt. It was very thoroughly researched in many areas, with in-depth sections gleaned from copious interviews with industry professionals – but it felt a little patchy in others with apparent gaps where he could not secure these primary sources.

Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age

This an excellent book on how the music industry has managed to shoot itself in the feet a number of times and with a canon at that ; although it does only cover events upto as we enter it would be brilliant to see an additional chapter to get insight into how the resurgence of vinyl and the rise of Spotify has impacted thinking — self-desteuction the deadlines of complaints by the likes of Thom Yorke about Spotify.

One by one, they knpper over the barrier, then climbed fifteen feet down to the field. Trivia About Appetite for Self