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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I have two criticisms about the book – first, that Knopper spends an inordinate amount of time outlining individual record deals appettie behind the scenes personnel changes within the companies.

Artists learn that the record industry isn’t always necessary, going directly to your fans might just be a good way to destructoon yourself. 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. Return to Book Page.

That being said, I still love my cds. 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. From flooding the market with disco in the 70’s to suing downloaders in recent days, Knopper examines the failings and missed opportunities that cost the record industry in a monumental way.

Appetite For Self Destruction is a great book for any music fan or business student wanting to see a case history of an industry that fails to adjust to changing times. Why was the rock of the s and s so corporatized and lacking in distinctiveness?

Key takeaway from the book: Based on interviews with more than two hundred music industry sources — from Warner Music chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr.


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

Tell us what you like, so we can send you books you’ll love. 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.

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. Knopper, who has been writing about the industry for more than ten years, has unparalleled access to stevr intimately involved in the music world’s highs and lows.

But then Napster ruined everyone and the moronic record industry was so addicted to their precious, precious CDs that they tried suing their own fans that didn’t work they tried protecting the CDs digitally this ended up sending a virus to everyone who purchased Neil Diamond’s supposed comeback record.

His book, Appetite for Apptite Selected pages Title Page. It offers a broad perspective on the current state of Big Music, how it got into these knopler straits, and where it’s going from here—and a cautionary tale for the digital age. The art work, the actual physicality of the cd itself, and especially I love albums over singles.

Napster was really not that great. Instead, they continued to bicker over digital piracy solutions and were left with no other options, which allowed them to be easily wooed by Steve Jobs of Apple. I learned a lot about the difference between the record industry and the music industry.

That’s great news for younger artists, but even geezers like the Eagles and Paul McCartney have taken advantage of the new technology. Almost ending the book on “ringtones have a definite future in the music industry” just seems 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.


Not just digital in the iTunes realm, but dating back to the advent of CDs. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Appetite for Self-Destruction

Music writer, Steve Knopper begins his treatise, not in the post-digital era as one might imagine from the title, but from the post-Disco era, when the business was awash with money, excesses and a party atmosphere that pre-dates the decades long saviours of MTV and the CD era boom. See full terms and conditions and this month’s choices.

The book tackles the period from the post-disco crash in the early ’80s through the summer of Knopper does a good job describing this history, industry motivations and personalities behind the major labels.

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, Inopper, 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.

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Trivia About Appetite for Self Jul 31, Danilo Pegorara rated it really liked it. Clear Channel raises its ugly head, turning radio into a wasteland of payola garbage. Sadly, this is too little, too late. Even so it’s worth sticking with, despite its dry, acedemic style it even has summary sections like any good text book as it’s a decent summary of the decline of the music business, even if the conclusions won’t come as a huge surprise to anyone in any way interested in popular music.

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