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Appetite for self-destruction : the spectacular crash of the record industry in the digital age / Steve Knopper.

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Record details

  • ISBN: 9781593762698 (alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 1593762690 (alk. paper)
  • Physical Description: xviii, 301 p. ; 23 cm.
  • Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Soft Skull Press, c2010.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"First published by Free Press in a hardcover edition in January 2009."--T.p. verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 253-280) and index (p. 285-301).
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue 1979-1982 : disco crashes the record business, Michael Jackson saves the day, and MTV really saves the day -- 1983-1986 : Jerry Shulman's frisbee : how the compact disc rebuilt the record business -- 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.
Summary, etc.:
Recounts for the first time the epic story of the precipitous rise and fall of the recording industry over the past three decades, when the 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 fast-paced account full of larger-than-life personalities, journalist Knopper shows that, after the 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. 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.
Subject: Music trade > History.
Sound recording industry > History.
Compact disc industry > History.

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