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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Book Summary Recounts the music industry’s thirty-year struggle through the digital age, from the birth of the CD format to the emergence of Napster and the era of iTunes, offering insight into how the industry self-dstruction suffering from infighting and a decline in CD purchasing. Return to Book Page. He had prepared for a monumental failure, not thousands of minions waiting for him to lead.

The deal with CBS Records was extraordinary, given most superstars received 10 percent to 20 percent at the time.

Self-destructio, a rock guy, had no choice but to quit. Then everyone boycotted disco for no reason some believe because disco was for blacks and homos and then everyone jumped on board with a black gay guy who made music that sounded suspiciously like disco–Michael Jackson.

This sequencing is clear and logical, providing self-edstruction easy understanding. Based on interviews with more than two hundred music industry strve — from Warner Music chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr.

I ended up seeing a similarity between the exec’s of the music industry and the greed of Wall Street. It’s incredible to me that rock fans would actually riot for the right to hear REO Speedwagon and Foreigner on their local airwaves instead.

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The author writes in a sometimes conversational tone that doesn’t always seem to work in the context of this book. That appetire where Appetite for Self-Destruction begins… Appetite for Self-Destruction is divided into time frames depicting how each era in the recording industry led up to or was effected by the digital wave and eminent crash of the industry as we knew it.


And Yetnikoff was fiercely loyal to his artists. The book ends in with change still in the air and an uncertain future. Appetite For Self Destruction is a great book for any music fan or business student wanting to see a case history of an industry that fails to ateve to changing times.

Yetnikoff appetie also known for throwing outrageous tantrums. The Sox averaged sixteen thousand fans at their home games that year, and they expected a few thousand people more than usual because of Dahl’s stunt. 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 the challenges and strengths laid before the company.

That meeting was the beginning of the compact disc business, although it wasn’t like record companies saw the future and jumped in right away.

Appetite for Self-Destruction

So I have zero sympathy for big labels whose rice bowls have been broken by the rise of digital. 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.

By September 22, the number dropped to zero. Anyway, disco’s grooves never really died, they just went underground, in the form of house music and other big-city warehouse happenings of the early ’80s. By the time they woke up to reality, Knopper points out how they had wasted 8 years fighting the digital revolution. The book speaks in large part to the business behind the music you listen to. Here is the history of the music business in brief: Setting the stage for Napster and its unofficial repackaging of CDs into singles again.

It was the right album at the right time: With just months left inhe gave Jackson and producer Quincy Jones a deadline: It was even the same size.

A wide-angled, morally complicated view of the current state of the music business From the profits they allowed him, it’s clear they never anticipated the digital format would be the future replacement for the CD.


One by one, they jumped over the barrier, then climbed fifteen feet down to the field. It also fell down for me by virtue of the almost exclusive focus on the American music business, barely commenting on the record industry in other countries not quantifying whether this is a big omission or of little significance.

Almost overnight, Dahl turned his new station’s ratings around. And wear a fancy stefe To win the respect of Mick Jagger at a Paris wine bar, he calculated the value-added tax in France on a cocktail napkin.

Steve Jobs, of course, laughed all the way to the bank over that sfeve. Big Music has been asleep at the wheel ever since Napster revolutionized the way music was distributed in the s.

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So Yetnikoff pressured his biggest star. This problem was common in the industry. Thriller’s singles took off on the radio, beginning with Top 40 stations and crossing over to rock thanks to Eddie Van Halen’s guitar solo on “Beat It.

They called Walter “Velvel,” his Yiddish name. I doubt anyone really thinks ringtones are going to save the industry nowadays.

My older brother, a station intern, brought them home by the boxload. The informal language becomes annoying especially as the books follows patterns of having long, informative chunks, then an even longer boring section, and then another entertaining passage, etc.

He managed a few incomprehensible screams and his best anti-disco catchphrase from the radio borrowed from a popular Second City TV sketch of the time: Soon that minor gold rush had faded. In lateMichael Jackson almost magically restored the music industry’s superstar clout by releasing one record.

The reason disco died was economic, but it appetire really a decision. Jan 09, Sarah rated it really liked it Recommended to Sarah by: