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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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. 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. To ask other readers questions about Appetite for Self-Destructionplease sign up. Snart kommer nok CD-renessansen igjen, tenker jeg: Laced with stevve, buttressed by detailed accounts of the most flagrant record-industry transgressions, Appetite its title nicked from that of the Guns N’ Roses debut disc is an enthralling read, equal parts anger and regret.

Hot Chocolate’s “You Sexy Thing”? The author of this book does not give much hope for their survival in the near future.

There are some rays of hope though. What’s so fascinating abo Appetite for Self-Destruction: Bogart’s specialty was elaborate, shameless promotions — some worked and some imploded.

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Jul 28, Luka Brandi rated it really liked it. People didn’t have to hear it. His book, Appetite for Self-Destruction: Want to Read saving…. 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. He and Yetnikoff couldn’t have been more different, but the crude Yetnikoff befriended the erudite Lieberson.

Appetite for Self-Destruction

Amazon as usual has some nice comments from reviews at the time: The book did introduce me to the fascinating and elusive — no really, someone is babysitting that Knoppee page and doing a fine job of it — Clive Calder. Here is the history of the music business in brief: 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.


No consistency was evident. That said, the book is appetiite easy read, engaging at all times.

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

The Cor Digital Music. How was it that an incredibly 4. He’d begun his career as a fifteen-year-old DJ and worked up to program director for a planned cable-TV experiment called the Movie Channel. The music business, however, has a bright future. From the birth of the compact disc, through the explosion of CD sales in the ’80s and ’90s, the emergence of Napster, and the sflf-destruction talks that led to iTunes, to the current self-edstruction of the industry as CD sales plummet, Knopper takes us inside the boardrooms, recording studios, private estates, garage computer labs, company jets, corporate infighting, and secret deals of the big names and behind-the-scenes self-destruxtion who made it all happen.

Anyway, disco’s grooves never really died, they just went underground, in the form of house music and other big-city warehouse happenings of the early ’80s. To win the respect of Mick Jagger at a Paris wine bar, he calculated the value-added tax in France on a cocktail napkin.

Feb 04, Blog on Books rated it it was amazing. He had prepared for a monumental failure, not thousands of minions waiting for him to lead. May 29, Sean rated it really liked it Shelves: There were several in the industry who felt that the record companies should start selling files online, self-destructjon several aborted attempts at creating an iTunes like service occurred throughout the industry, but nobody wanted to let go of the cash cow that was the CD. Soon, the boom made executives complacent when they should have been scouting for new talent.

When the duo sefl-destruction membership cards to a kill-disco organization, ten thousand listeners called the station within a week to sign up. He called MTV and said, ‘This video is on the air by end of business today or self-destrucfion Columbia Records is no longer in business with you. CDs allow them to resell the same Yes, at times this gets pretty heavy into how deals were made, but overall it is a pretty fascinating look at how the record industry has imploded over the last few decades.


Steve Dahl’s Chicago demolition-turned-riot may have killed disco commercially, but the fans were still alive — and Jackson was a master of providing the slinky rhythms to warm their hearts.

I’m not a huge music consumer, but it doesn’t take a genius to to figure out something has gone terribly wrong in the music industry in the last 10 years. The music industry has been so focused on fighting piracy and punishing anyone who steals their music via the digital format they have gained a negative reputation. Duncan self-desttruction also perhaps the only disco fan on the Comiskey field that night.

Almost thirty years later, the idea of furiously hating disco seems ridiculous. CBS Records laid off two thousand employees and drastically cut its artist roster and budgets. By September 22, the number dropped to zero. As always, record labels went where the sales were, and for apperite of the late s, that was disco.

In short, this book was readable and entertaining, especially in light of the “Good to Great” lens.

Free eBook offer available to NEW subscribers only. Big Music has been asleep at the wheel ever since Napster revolutionized the way music was distributed in the s.

Jan 09, Sarah welf-destruction it really liked it Recommended to Sarah by: Book excerpts are provided by the publisher and may contain language some find offensive. That’s not to mention every wedding in the universe, including my own, where the Village People’s “Y. Not so much the music industry, which seems to be chugging along pretty well, but the industry which counted on nearly exponential growth forever. What I did enjoy, though, was how Knopper so vividly paints a portrait of the CD-era boom times.

The singles I like are the extended versions a la the 80’s 12″ single.

Knopper piles on examples of incompetence, making a convincing case that the industry’s collapse is a drawn-out suicide.