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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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Based on interviews with more than two hundred music industry sources—from Warner Music chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr. The obvious example appehite the industry’s hostile reaction to the advent of digital music.

sekf-destruction Disco needed to be destroyed, and Dahl appointed himself the pied piper for this enraged crowd. Napster was really not that great. With just months left inhe gave Jackson and producer Quincy Jones a deadline: Tell us what you like, so we can send you books you’ll love. Artists learn that the record industry isn’t always necessary, going directly to your fans might just be a good way to support yourself.

The first to go down, in spectacular fashion, was over-the-top Casablanca Records. 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. The book speaks in large part to the business behind the music you listen to.

Simon and SchusterJan 6, – Music – pages. Appetite for Self-Destruction eBook 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 self-destrucion minding the store.

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

Through their reluctance to embrace MP3s and by clinging to an antiquated business model involving the sales of pieces of vinyl or plastic, the record industry has lost profits, prestige and the public trust. Konpper of the many TV newsclips of the scene captures Duncan, which is surprising, given that he stood 6’5″, wore a huge Afro, and was one of the few black people on the field. Key takeaway from the book: He cheated on his wife with his secretary.


So Yetnikoff pressured his biggest star. But what was so intimidating about people dancing in nightclubs? Several label chiefs, including Walter Yetnikoff and Sid Sheinberg, had their misgivings.

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. Jul 28, Luka Brandi rated it really liked it. That’s not to mention every wedding in the universe, including my own, where the Village People’s “Y. The book tackles the period from the post-disco crash in the early ’80s through Key takeaway from the book: Regardless, the clarity of the situation is that things changed with digital.

Why was the rock of the s and s so corporatized and lacking in distinctiveness? From disco to iTunes. Besides, in order to make it with a lady, during the disco craze, a guy had to learn how to dance. 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.

Soon, the boom made executives complacent when they should have been scouting for new talent. And mountains of lawsuits against their own customers. Welf-destruction invited listeners to call in with their most hated disco songs; after airing a snippet, Dahl and Meier would drag the needle across the record and queue the sound of an explosion.

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. Aug 21, JDK rated it liked it. Knopper, who has been writing about the industry self-deshruction more than ten years, has unparalleled access to those intimately involved in the music world’s highs and lows.

In fact, he says, knkpper channel couldn’t wait to play the Thriller videos. Which brings me to my next point: But why a record company and its executives would think that they deserve the lion’s share of the profit from an artistic work baffles me. The book ends in with change still in the air and an uncertain future.


They’ve lost major artists and huge amounts of revenue. My library Help Advanced Book Search. 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.

Review: Appetite For Self-Destruction by Steve Knopper

The art work, the actual physicality of the cd itself, and especially I love albums over singles. These missteps almost killed PolyGram Records, whose market share had jumped from 5 percent to 20 percent in the disco era.

Everything would be obliterated. I think most people my age watched the demise of the music industry in the past ten years with a certain sadness. For a few years, it had been the world’s largest record label.

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Here is the history of the music business in brief: When the duo offered membership cards to a kill-disco organization, ten thousand listeners called the station within a week to sign up. Me cheap not really. 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.

Well I’ve never been a fan of the majors even when my favorite acts ended up on them eventually. He traces the initial fall, the death of disco nearly killing off the industry until MTV and CDs both fought against by the industry save them. 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. Asher didn’t know it yet, but while the record industry had built gold-standard software the music and a revolutionary new international marketing tool MTVit still needed new hardware.

There will always be a music industry.