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. Steve Knopper. · Rating details · ratings · reviews. For the first time, Appetite for Self-Destruction recounts the epic story of the precipitous rise and. Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age: : Steve Knopper: Books.
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With a host of employees as colorful as the artists they represent, it’s no wonder life at a major label has resembled a ride on a roller coaster.
Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age
The book speaks in large part to the business behind the music you listen to. Still, there’s plenty of “meat” here, and plenty of insider accounts to add spice to the story though Apple’s Steve Jobs is a conspicuous destructlon.
Very well written tale of modern recording industry and its ups and downs. No consistency was evident. 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 floor; 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.
Meanwhile, Napster was the hippest site on the Web. It also fell down for me by virtue of the almost exclusive focus on the American music business, barely commenting on the record industry in other countries not quantifying whether this is a big omission or of little significance. For the first time, Appetite for Self-Destruction recounts the epic story of the precipitous rise and fall of the recording industry over the past three decades, when the incredible success of the CD turned the music business into one of the most glamorous, high-profile industries in the world — and the advent of file sharing brought it to its knees.
Now, because powerful people like Doug Morris and Tommy Mottola failed to recognize the incredible potential of file-sharing technology, the labels are in danger of becoming completely obsolete. In short, this book was readable and entertaining, especially in light of the “Good to Great” lens.
Musicians can create, produce and distribute their work without the indentured servitude of record labels. The music business, however, has a bright future. This sequencing is clear and logical, providing for easy understanding. Appetite for Self-Destruction is a lesson of what happens when an industry is unwilling to change in response to new technology.
Jan 09, Sarah rated it really liked it Recommended to Sarah by: It was very thoroughly researched in many areas, wit I was bought this as a gift a few years ago understandably – I like my music and I like my non-fiction but hadn’t picked it up till now.
Therefore, they had lost most of their power to both consumers and people like Steve Jobs. All I’m getting for 99 cents is a digital file, no CD, no case, no artwork. May 30, Patrick rated it really liked it. Music writer, Steve Knopper begins his treatise, not fod the post-digital era as one might imagine from the title, but from the post-Disco era, when the business was destrution with money, excesses and a party atmosphere that pre-dates the decades long saviours of MTV and the CD era boom.
The informal language becomes annoying especially as the books follows patterns of having long, informative chunks, then an even longer boring section, and then another entertaining passage, etc.
How was it that an incredibly powerful industry went from raking in the dough to desteuction and burning. In a comprehensive, fast-paced account full of larger-than-life personalities, Rolling Stone contributing editor Steve Knopper shows that, after the incredible wealth and excess of the ’80s and ’90s, Destructlon, Warner, and the other big players brought about their own downfall through years of denial and bad decisions in the face of dramatic advances in technology.
From the birth of the compact disc, through the explosion of CD sales in the ’80s and ’90s, the emergence of Napster, and the secret talks that led to iTunes, to the current collapse of the industry as CD sales plummet, Knopper takes us dsstruction the boardrooms, recording studios, private estates, garage computer labs, company jets, corporate infighting, and secret deals of the big names and behind-the-scenes players who made it all happen.
Digital music was merely the final dagger in its heart. But why a record company and its executives would think that they deserve the lion’s share of knoppsr profit from an artistic work baffles me. Jul 28, Luka Brandi knopepr it really liked it. Nevertheless, my rating on this wavered between a 2-star and 3-star. 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 floor; 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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Despite the new format’s pristine digital sound and convenient size, label chiefs were wary. Slf ended up seeing a similarity between the exec’s of the music industry and the greed of Wall Street. What appears as a tale of the modern day record era actually dates back even further.
His book, Appetite for Self-Destruction: Feb 20, Todd Martin rated it liked it Shelves: They’ve lost major artists and huge amounts of revenue.
Appetite for Self-Destruction
Snart kommer nok CD-renessansen igjen, tenker jeg: Open Preview See a Problem? Knopper, who has been writing about the industry for more than ten years, has unparalleled access to those intimately involved in the music world’s highs and lows.
Based on interviews with more than two hundred music industry sources — from Warner Music chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr. If you’re interested in what goes on behind the scenes in the record industry, or are passionate enough about music to fear for its future, Appetite for Self-Destruction is a must read.
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His scores make his case. Knopper, who has been writing about the industry for more than ten years, has unparalleled access to those intimately involved in the music world’s highs and lows.
There are some rays of hope though. I find this difficult to believe.