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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The senior Veeck and legendary baseball announcer Harry Caray impotently attempted to exhort people back to their seats over the loudspeaker. With singles like Summer’s “Love to Love You Baby,” Casablanca rode the disco boom hard, going platinum on just about every record it threw into the marketplace. His book, Appetite for Self-Destruction: There were several in the industry who felt that the record companies should start selling files online, and 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.
Therefore, they had lost most of their power to both consumers and people like Steve Jobs. Secondly, Knopper makes repeated claims that Napster was the magic technology that could have saved the record business. And they stopped buying. Big Music has been asleep at the wheel ever since Napster revolutionized the way music was distributed in the s. From the birth of the compact disc, through the explosion of CD sales in the ’80s and ’90s, the emergence of Napster, and the secret talks that led to iTunes, to the current collapse 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 players who made it all happen.
Yet, your eyes are again alerted as Steve Knopper then focuses on the industry reactions to CDs all were effected at the time: Maybe they could have lost less money, and generated less ill will from customers suing individuals for pirating music probably isn’t the best PR strategy for instancebut ultimately it seems as though the ups and downs track the changes in technology.
You don’t need to be a music fiend or geek to find this a satisfying read. The Essential Album Guide,etc. 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 sellf-destruction to everyone who purchased Neil Diamond’s supposed comeback record.
My older brother, a station intern, brought them home by the boxload. 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 sdlf-destruction schemes, negotiations, and brawls; and several previously unreported stories, Appetite for Self-Destruction is a riveting, informative, and highly entertaining read.
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Don’t be angry because we learned to hate you too well. Feb 09, Ranjeev Dubey rated it liked it. Once, during the Iran hostage crisis, he made random on-air calls to Iran and savagely mocked the first person with a foreign accent to answer.
The stores had to return them to the labels. Dahl, a rock guy, had no choice but to quit. From the birth of the compact disc, through the explosion of CD sales in the ’80s and ’90s, the emergence of Napster, and the secret talks that led to iTunes, to the current collapse 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 players who made it all happen.
The pitch is, you’re losing money for the first time in decades, radio stations have very tight playlists, and when they do play your new stuff they don’t identify what it is,’ ” Pittman recalls. Feb 04, Blog on Books rated it it was amazing.
Appetite for Self-Destruction
This book is part hard journalism; part celebrity gossip. Also, so much in the industry has changed even in the past 2. During their unrelenting prosecution of Napster, they passed on a huge opportunity to partner and turn it into a profit making machine they could control.
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. 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.
The players were clearly unsettled.
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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. I did pick it up rather late so its a bit out of date, ending its survey in And as Steve Dahl’s demolition suggested, the public suddenly wasn’t quite as enamored of disco as it used to be.
The final sections about the likely future of the business were interestingly prescient regarding music on phones and streaming services. I find this difficult to believe. Open Preview See a Problem? From the birth of the compact disc, through the explosion of CD sales in the ’80s and ’90s, the emergence of Napster, and the secret talks that led to iTunes, to the current collapse 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 players who made it all happen.
A wide-angled, morally complicated view of the current state of the music business Braun had been on the phone with some artist managers, and by the time he straggled into the meeting, the Siemens guy was just about finished.
There aren’t any real conclusions drawn about the digital-driven sea changes of the past few years, other than the usual finger-pointing and scapegoating.
All seven of its singles landed in the Top 10, the album lasted a ridiculous thirty-seven weeks at No. The book did introduce me to the fascinating and elusive — no really, someone is babysitting that Wikipedia page and doing a fine job of it — Clive Calder.
Napster was really not that great. Almost overnight, Dahl turned his new station’s ratings around. 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. Still, there’s plenty of “meat” here, and plenty of insider accounts to add spice to the story though Apple’s Steve Jobs is a conspicuous absence.
That’s not to mention every wedding in the universe, including my own, where the Village People’s “Y. Your purchase helps support NPR programming. When the duo offered membership cards to a kill-disco organization, ten thousand listeners called the station within a week to sign up. Then again, that story has been told and retold so many times, by so many people with conflicting interests and clashing egos, that it’s impossible to nail down the facts.
If you’re interested in what goes on behind the scenes in the record industry, or are passionate enough about music to fear for its future, Appetite for Self-Destruction is a must read. Refresh and try again. Disco was huge for them and they grew bigger and more consolidated and didn’t expect the backlash.
Disco needed to be destroyed, and Dahl appointed himself the pied piper for this enraged crowd.