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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The final sections about the likely future of the business were interestingly prescient regarding music on phones and streaming services. Whatever the reason, the backlash was inevitable.

My take on this book: See full terms and conditions and this month’s choices. Other editions – View all Appetite for Self-Destruction: I have two criticisms about the book – first, that Knopper spends an inordinate amount of time outlining individual record deals and behind the scenes personnel changes within the companies. From the profits they allowed him, it’s clear they never anticipated the digital format would be the future replacement for the CD.

All I’m getting for 99 cents is a digital file, no CD, no aopetite, no artwork. The obvious example is the industry’s hostile reaction to the advent of digital music. The players were clearly unsettled. But nobody had ever attempted a twenty-fourhour music-video channel.

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Susan Blond, a publicity executive at CBS-owned Epic Records, says the company lost three hundred employees on her first day. From disco to iTunes.

May 29, Sean rated it really liked it Shelves: His book, Appetite for Self-Destruction: No trivia or quizzes yet.

These battles over DRM, distribution and piracy continue. Return to Book Page. These missteps almost killed PolyGram Records, whose market share had jumped from 5 percent to 20 percent in the disco era. In fact, self-destructioon says, the channel couldn’t wait to play the Thriller videos. This was the s, so rather than having him arrested for stalking, she used personal connections to land him a morning-show job at a struggling station as far away as possible, in Detroit.


In short, these folks almost unanimously acted the opposite of those Level 5 traits above, coming off like greedy screaming tyrants sticking their heads in the sand to ignore a problem — and losing tons of money as a result.

But indisco had rammed headlong into the wall of the brick house. The Secure Digital Music. Almost thirty years later, the idea of furiously hating disco seems ridiculous. 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.

What’s so fascinating abo Appetite for Self-Destruction: This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Nobody wanted to wear the bellbottoms,” Duncan says. Sox officials hesitated to call in the cops for fear of stirring things up even further. Jan 04, Speeda rated it really liked it Shelves: But from the time computer companies seemingly quietly got an exemption from copy restrictions in their devices CD burners followed several years later by the advent of digital file sharing Napster, Kazaa, etc.

We were investing money like crazy. Based on interviews with more than two hundred music industry sources — from Warner Music chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr. MTV cofounder Bob Pittman remembers the history a little differently. 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.

It was even the same size. They just took it and bought it. Lists with This Book. Knopper is inordinately preoccupied with giving name dropping character studies of record executive excess, and largely devoid of insight into how the industry got left so far behind. In “Appetite”, Steve Knopper spells out the ways major record labels willfully ignored or attacked digital music advancements that threatened their entrenched way of doing things. That’s not to mention every wedding in the universe, including my own, where the Village People’s “Y.


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Knopper sets a brisk pace and even if the book is essentially “Monday morning quarterbacking”, his observations are spot-on and insightful enough to make you wonder what might have been had adults been minding the store. 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.

Refresh and try again. A wide-angled, morally complicated view of the current state of the knoppper business The book tackles the period from the post-disco crash in the early ’80s through Key takeaway from the kno;per This was an excellent look at the battle between major music labels and their heels-dug-in resistance to changing technology, opinions, and taste over the past several decades. Dahl took the show on the road, packing a suburban Chicago nightclub with a “death to disco” rally.

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

This sequencing is clear and logical, providing for easy understanding. The money from record sales, which had dropped precipitously in and wobbled up and down through the early s, jumped 4. They’ve lost major artists and huge amounts of revenue.