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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. 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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As the 20th century ended, teen popsters Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync were making millions.

It’s a brave new world, yet many in the industry still don’t get it, thinking that a few big hits can cure all ills. The Secure Digital Music. The music business, however, has a bright future. 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 plays.

Fifteen years ago, not one record company embraced digital technology fof tried to create a successful business model and equipment. Jan 24, Paulisded rated it it was amazing. Must redeem within 90 days.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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 knipper store.

Feb 09, Ranjeev Dubey rated it liked it. Despite the new format’s pristine digital sound and convenient size, label chiefs were wary. They will indeed need to re-invent themselves to stay viable, but like so many companies and industries, maybe we would all be better off if they just self-destruct and get replaced by smaller, more adaptable, more interesting smaller organizations. Desturction book, Appetite for Self-Destruction: It offers a broad perspective on the current state of Big Music, foe it got into these dire sflf, and where it’s going from here—and a cautionary tale for the digital age.

Jan 15, Rob rated it really liked it. That is where Appetite dteve 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.


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The takeover and consolidation of FM radio by large corporations is also not meaningfully explored. This sequencing is clear and logical, providing for easy understanding.

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Not just their justifiable anger towards illegal downloading, but their failure to realize digital music’s sales potential. Be the first to ask a question about Appetite for Self-Destruction. A very good book and an easy read. So I have zero sympathy for big labels whose rice bowls have been broken by the rise of destrjction. Aug 20, Hillery rated it really liked it. There will always be a music industry.

Knopper, appeite 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. Apptite short, this book was readable and entertaining, especially in light of the “Good to Great” lens. The book tackles the period from the post-disco crash in the early ’80s through the summer of How was it that an incredibly 4.

This book helps answer some of these questions. To many, its collapse is less a crisis than a beautiful sunset. Appetite for Self-Destruction eBook destructipn Good riddance to bad rubbish, Appetlte say. They’ve lost major artists and huge amounts of revenue. May 19, Kerry rated it really liked it. 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.

Jan 04, Speeda rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. Hardcoverpages. 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.


Based on interviews with more than two hundred music syeve sources—from Warner Music chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr. May 29, Sean rated it really liked it Shelves: Yes, downloading is one of the reasons, but as Knopper reports, if record companies had worked WITH Napster they could have had a working model for online sales before the majority of consumers even realized they could download material.

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Appetite for Self-Destruction

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.

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. I didn’t hate it, I didn’t love it, it was interesting but frustrating as the question posed as to ‘why?

Appetite for Self Destruction is a book about the music industry that I loved. I’m continually amazed that the record industry got away with as much crap as they did, for as long as they did Meanwhile, fans can buy tracks through e-stores or “share” their collections through torrent or file-swap sites. For sure it doesn’t have all the answers, but it at least has all the facts down so you can draw your own conclusions.

Almost ending the book on “ringtones have a definite future in the music industry” just seems