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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Yetnikoff was also known for throwing outrageous tantrums. It was a recipe for music-business disaster, and inlabels started to crash.

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This problem was common in the industry. 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.

Soon, the boom made executives complacent when they should have been scouting for new talent. Jul 21, David rated it liked it.

He later broke into Hollywood and earned an Oscar nomination for his work as the hulking, doomed prisoner in The Green Milecostarring Tom Hanks. Rick James, who had a smash radio hit with “Super Freak,” publicly railed appette MTV was “taking black people back four hundred years.

The players were clearly unsettled. 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.

In a comprehensive, fast-paced account full of larger-than-life self-dsetruction, 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 knoppsr downfall through years of denial and bad decisions in the face of dramatic advances in technology. He managed a few incomprehensible screams and his best anti-disco catchphrase from the self-destructiion borrowed from a popular Second City TV sketch of the time: We were investing self-desttuction like crazy.


They were on TV! For the first time, Appetite for Self-Destruction recounts the epic story of the precipitous rise and fall sheve the recording industry over the past three decades, when the incredible success of the CD turned the music business into one of the most glamorous, high-profile industries in the world — and the advent of file sharing brought it to its knees.

Almost overnight, Dahl turned his new station’s ratings around. Key takeaway from the book: Knopper does a good job describing this history, industry motivations and personalities behind the major labels.

Casablanca had been founded six years earlier by Neil Bogart, who had an ear for fads and flr gift for burning through a lot of money. Another fifteen thousand spilled along the surrounding South Side streets. I’m not sure this information was key to the story, but more importantly to my enjoyment, I didn’t find it very interesting.

Which brings me to my next point: The stores had to return them to the labels. Then there was the tricky little matter of Casablanca executives shipping hundreds of thousands of records at a time, with little regard for public demand, and being unprepared when stores returned them. 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.

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

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. And it’ll cost you nothing to give them to us. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. While at Buddah, he tailed a prominent radio program director through the streets of New York City in a rented limousine, using a loudspeaker on top of the car to blast the names of his acts. To win the respect of Mick Jagger at a Paris wine bar, he calculated the value-added tax in France on a cocktail napkin.


Appetite for Self-Destruction

I can only assume that it was because they were taking advantage, contractually-speaking, of people who had appwtite less Fun, reads like an extended Rolling Stone piece not surprising, given that the author writes for them. Further, the industry generally runs to one solution: Pedalboard Hack Original Song: Usually the market dictates price okay I’m not really bought on that onebut iTunes and the self-dstruction industry decided 99 cents was the going price, not the purchasing public.

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 self-dfstruction as a huge surprise to anyone in any way interested in popular music.

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. But nobody had ever attempted a twenty-fourhour music-video channel.