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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Refresh and try again. The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age is music journalist and Rolling Stone self-desstruction Steve Knopper’s chronology and analysis of the various self-destrucfion, missteps and all-out catastrophes of the music industry in recent years.

Sadly, this is too little, too late. So Yetnikoff pressured his biggest star. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Get a FREE e-book by joining our mailing list today! That’s what eventually turned me towards jazz Dahl, who went to work the next morning expecting to be fired, wound up a bigger celebrity than ever.

Unfortunately for the label, Summer broke her contract and fled to industry mogul David Geffen’s new record company. 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.

How was it that an incredibly 4. 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.

It offers a broad perspective on the current state of Big Music, how it got into these dire straits, and where it’s going from here — and a cautionary tale for the digital age. I almost got the sense that he was cutting his teeth on his very first audiobook. For most, including myself, the simple answer is that napster and file sharing destroyed the industry. Major labels were making so much money, and were so greedy about their condescending attitudes toward fans, that the ensuing industry seizure feels less like a downfall and more like a cor A nice survey of the music industry from the s til now.


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. 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.

Which brings me to my next point: They were on TV! He snorted copious amounts of coke.

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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.

Knopper does a good job describing this history, industry motivations and personalities behind the major labels. Disco was huge for them and they grew bigger and more consolidated and didn’t expect the backlash. Tell us what you like, so we can send you books you’ll love. During my college days in the early 90’s, I lived my life in Tower Records and Newbury Comics browsing the racks. Quaalude dealing was rampant, as were elaborate food fights at the fancy restaurant across the street.

Review: Appetite For Self-Destruction by Steve Knopper

Appetite for Self Destruction is a book about the music industry that I loved. January 1, He cheated on his wife with a fellow music-business type he called Boom Boom. The art work, the actual physicality of the cd itself, and especially I love albums over singles. Michael Jackson had effectively replaced disco by absorbing the dying genre into his own brand of dance music. Beyond the war on Napster and the RIAA self-restruction, 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 plays.


Finish dteve new album, and self-destrucion it a blockbuster, by Christmas. Despite being repeatedly given different technologies and opportunities to harness digital file sharing systems at the outset, record execs took years to come around to inevitabilities like downloading music singles online.

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. Major labels were making so much money, and were so greedy about their condescending attitudes toward fans, that the ensuing industry seizure feels less like a downfall and more like a correction.

Not so much the music industry, which seems to be chugging along pretty well, but the industry which counted on nearly exponential growth forever. He lasted less than a year. Aug 03, Gphatty rated it liked it.

But once they did: As an example of the moronic way of distribution and the fact that you had to buy the entire record even if you just wanted one song “Who Let The Dogs Out” at one time outsold what Lily Allen currently does or than that other band I was in.

And they stopped buying.