Appetite for self-destruction: the spectacular crash of the record industry in the digital age

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For the first time, Appetite for Self-Destruction recounts the epic story of the precipitous rise and fall of 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.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. Big Music has been asleep at the wheel ever since Napster revolutionized the way music was distributed in the 1990s. 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. Based on interviews with more than two hundred music industry sources—from Warner Music chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr. to renegade Napster creator Shawn Fanning—Knopper is the first to offer such a detailed and sweeping contemporary history of the industry's wild ride through the past three decades. 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. 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. 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.
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table_of_contents 1983-1986 : "Jerry Shulman's Frisbee : how the compact disc saved the record business (for a while)" -- 1984-1999 : how big spenders got rich in the post-CD boom -- 1998-2001 : "The teen-pop bubble : boy bands and Britney make the business bigger than ever--but not for long" -- 1998-2001 : a 19-year-old takes down the industry--with the help of tiny music, and a few questionable big music decisions -- 2002-2003 : how Steve Jobs built the iPod, revived his company and took over the music business -- 2003-2007 : "Beating up on peer-to-peer services like Kazaa and Grokster fails to save the industry : sales plunge and Tommy Mottola abandons ship" -- The future : how can the record labels return to the boom times? Hint : not by stonewalling new high-tech models and locking up the content.
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title Appetite for self-destruction : the spectacular crash of the record industry in the digital age
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title_sort appetite for self-destruction the spectacular crash of the record industry in the digital age
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