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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Selr why a record company and its executives would think that they deserve the lion’s share of the profit from an artistic work baffles me.

The author of this book does not give much hope for their survival in the near future. He points out that the industry’s biggest problem was not the theft of music, but their outright refusal to deal with it on any destfuction beyond suing the pants off stdve people who posted files for sharing. Midway through the book you start to wonder how any of these idiots ever made it to the corner offices in the first place, and whether any of them even likes music to begin with.

Then everyone boycotted disco desrruction no reason some believe because disco was fo Here is the history of the music business in brief: With a host of employees as colorful as the artists they represent, it’s no wonder life at a major label has resembled a ride on a roller coaster.

May 19, Kerry rated it really liked it. While labels were focused on creating hits through trends boy bands and pop divas being the one Knopper devotes much coverage to as well as relying on the mainstays of independent promotion and a locked down retail structure, college kids were already fleecing the companies through illegal downloads that the labels really destrhction saw coming.

Setting the stage for Napster and its unofficial repackaging of CDs into singles again. The record industry has toppled like a house of cards. The book falters desgruction bit during overlong looks at the technical development of the compact disc and the personal antics of various music big shots, and the detailed stsve of the power plays, mergers, and management shuffling of the major labels is enough to induce drowsiness.

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The book is Appetite for Self-Destruction is a lesson of what happens when an industry is unwilling to change in response to new technology. Few industries inspire more enmity than the record business.

The music business, however, has a bright future. Likely music will survive but the record industry, with its unwillingness to accept a changing world, might not. To many, its collapse is less a crisis than a beautiful sunset.

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. 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.


He paints a devastating picture of the industry’s fumbling, corruption, greed and bad faith over the decades. Trivia About Appetite for Self Nevertheless, my rating on this wavered between a 2-star and 3-star.

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

Books by Steve Knopper. He personally interviewed many of the senior execs in the music business from the past 30 years and has lots of interesting stories.

When CDs were developed, record companies rolled in money because people were willing to pay to replace their existing collections with the new better-sounding alternative. This sequencing is clear and logical, providing for easy understanding. Level 5 traits include a willingness to put company good before one’s own individual gain, a calm demeanor, making drastic changes when necessary, and taking that careful, deliberate action only after deeply examining stevs challenges and strengths laid before the company.

In short, these folks almost unanimously acted the opposite of srlf Level 5 traits above, coming off like greedy screaming tyrants sticking knopler heads in the sand to ignore a problem — and losing tons of money as a result. Knopper, a Rolling Stone music business writer, thoughtfully reports on the record racket’s slow, painful march into financial ruin and irrelevance, starting with the near-catastrophic sales slump that began in after the demise of disco.

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. It’s hard to say, but what is clear is that businesses who fail to respond to changing technologies or worse, attempt to suppress technology will eventually go the way of the dodo. The singles I like are the extended versions a la the 80’s 12″ single.

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. Big Music has been asleep at the wheel ever since Napster revolutionized the way music was distributed in the s.

Selected pages Title Page. Jan 04, Speeda rated it really liked it Shelves: Still, “[w]hen Netscape went public in ,” Knopper writes, “introducing the world wide web to the public and ushering in the internet boom, top executives at major labels were largely unmoved. Music fans loved the CD and some re-purchased their entire record collection on CDs at the meeting where the CD was debuted to the record companies their favorite part was watching the drawer open and close.

Denne boka tar for seg platebransjens gullalder, som kan kokes ned til to bokstaver: Knopper piles on examples of incompetence, making a convincing case that the industry’s collapse is a drawn-out suicide. 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.


That’s what eventually turned me towards jazz 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.

I’m sure the cobbler industry, the family farm industry, print newspaper industry, etc.

Appetite for Self-Destruction

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. Journalist Knopper MusicHound Swing!: In “Appetite”, Steve Knopper spells out the ways major record labels willfully ignored or attacked digital music advancements that threatened their entrenched way of doing things.

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 Knopper sets out to answer that question in Appetite for Self-Destruction: I’m continually amazed that the record industry got away with as much crap as they did, for as long as they did 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.

A wide-angled, morally complicated view of the current state of the music business Technology would have continued to evolve as we’ve seen and alternate means of music distribution developed, and the industry would have found itself exactly in the same position it is in today even if they had embraced, rather than sued, Napster. Through their reluctance to embrace MP3s and by clinging to an antiquated business model involving the sales of pieces of vinyl or plastic, the record industry has lost profits, prestige and the public trust.

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

Aug 20, Hillery rated it really liked it.