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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All of these addicts spent the next ten years making terrible, near-disposable music and tried to ween people off of buying expensive-to-produce cassettes. Man, it was really hard to overlook his reading of the book. 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, Sony, 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.

What appears as a tale of the modern day record era actually dates back even further.

I’m desfruction the law and lawyers did its bit to kill the industry! There aren’t any real conclusions drawn about the digital-driven sea changes of the past few years, other than the usual finger-pointing and scapegoating. I’m not sure this information was key to the story, but more importantly to my enjoyment, I didn’t find it very interesting.

Clear Channel raises its ugly head, turning radio into a wasteland of payola garbage. That is where Appetite for Self-Destruction begins… Appetite for Self-Destruction is divided into time frames depicting how each era in the recording industry led up to or was effected by the digital wave and eminent crash of the industry as we knew it. 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.


While Knopper makes clear that illegal downloads hurt the industry, he does not place the entire blame on illegal file sharing. The book tackles the period from the post-disco crash in the early ’80s through the summer of 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.

The author of this book does not give much hope for their survival in the near future. Free Press January Length: Secondly, Knopper makes repeated claims that Napster was the magic technology that could have saved the record business.

Appetite for Self-Destruction

Then everyone boycotted disco for no reason some believe because disco was fo Here is the history of the music business in brief: 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.

That’s great news for younger artists, but even geezers like the Eagles and Paul McCartney have taken advantage of the new technology. I didn’t hate it, I didn’t love it, it was interesting but frustrating as the question posed as to ‘why? Sign up and get a free eBook!

Account Options Sign in. Want to Read saving…. A very good book and an easy read.

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. May 30, Patrick rated it really liked it. Jan 04, Speeda rated it really liked it Shelves: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age is music journalist and Rolling Stone contributor Steve Knopper’s chronology and analysis of the various blunders, missteps and all-out catastrophes of the music industry in recent years.


Beyond the war on Napster and the RIAA lawsuits, Appetite for Self-Destruction looks at the industry’s resistance to the CD format, its over-reliance on a few key artists, and incestuous management structures and attendant power vestruction.

From the profits they allowed him, it’s clear they never anticipated the digital format would be the future replacement for the CD. Lists with This Book. I did pick it up rather late so its a bit out of date, ending its survey in Den var mye dyrere enn vinylplata og kassetten, samtidig som artistene fikk en mindre del av kaka. Jul 31, Danilo Pegorara rated it really liked it. Also, so much in the industry has changed even in the past 2. I hope everyone from the author to the copyeditor has A quite nice discussion of the imploding record industry as opposed to the music industry.

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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.

The art work, the actual physicality of the cd itself, and especially I love albums over singles. Steve Fr sets out to answer that question in Appetite for Self-Destruction: