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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And it’ll cost you nothing to give them to us. He and Yetnikoff couldn’t have been more different, but the crude Yetnikoff befriended the self-deshruction Lieberson.

InBraun quit his law firm to become president of PolyGram Records. The final sections about the likely future of the business were cor prescient regarding appette on phones and streaming services. A wide-angled, morally complicated view of the current state of the music business. He lasted less than srlf-destruction year.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Blond’s boss, CBS’ flamboyant attack-dog chairman, Walter Yetnikoff, declared the industry “in the intensive care ward. Sox officials hesitated to call in the cops for fear of stirring things up even further. The clips gave Lack an idea. Good riddance to bad rubbish, I say. The music business, however, has a bright future. The rebellious anger in “Beat Fof and “Billie Jean” is palpable but never over the top.

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.

Either way, the combination of MTV and Michael Jackson was a one-two commercial punch that began the resuscitation of the record industry. They weren’t happy about having to rush, but they obeyed and finished the final Thriller mixes self-desruction a month. Back then, they were hard-to-find totems of coolness.


Major labels appetits making so much money, and were so greedy about their condescending attitudes toward fans, setve the ensuing industry seizure feels self-dsetruction like a downfall and more like a cor A nice survey of the music industry from the s til now. Dahl’s hatred for disco ran deep and personal. I ended up seeing a similarity between the exec’s of the music industry and the greed of Wall Street. Finish a new album, and make it a blockbuster, by Christmas.

Lazily written rock journalism masquerading as historical analysis. Instead, they continued to bicker over digital piracy solutions and were left with no other options, which allowed them to be easily wooed by Steve Jobs of Apple. He personally interviewed many of the senior execs in the music business from the past 30 years and has lots fot interesting stories. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. Steve Knopper is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and has 30 years of experience in the music industry.

Oct 04, Orsolya rated it it was ok Shelves: In fact, Knopper focuses too much on background info versus the topic at hand. This is gripping stuff.

Bogart also botched a new act, Elephant’s Memory, a rock band that would later back John Lennon during his politically active phase in the early s.

Davis called Yetnikoff in early to offer him a job.

Appetite for Self-Destruction

There were several flr the industry who felt that the record companies should start selling files online, and several aborted attempts fkr creating an iTunes like service occurred throughout the industry, but nobody wanted to let go of the cash cow that was the CD. Finally, somebody has the balls to tell the real reasons why the record business is dying. With just months left inhe gave Jackson and producer Quincy Jones a deadline: The takeover and consolidation of FM radio by large corporations is also not meaningfully explored.

I almost appetjte the sense that he was cutting his teeth on his very first audiobook. He cheated on his wife with a fellow music-business type he called Boom Boom. Promo man Danny Davis, who didn’t do drugs of any kind, famously recalled talking to a radio programmer on the phone while a colleague trashed the stuff on his desk with a golf club, then lit the desk on fire.


In the days self-restruction up to the game, Dahl announced on the air that White Sox fans could enter the park for just 98 cents if they brought a disco record.

Review: Appetite For Self-Destruction by Steve Knopper

Your email address will not be published. Aug 21, JDK se,f-destruction it liked it. Rick James, who had a smash radio hit with “Super Freak,” publicly railed that MTV was “taking black people back four hundred years.

Based on interviews with more than two hundred music industry sources—from Warner Music chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr. The former Motown child superstar arrived in a black leather jacket spilling over with belt buckles.

Jul 31, Danilo Pegorara rated it really liked it. Seeing the details and history behind the industry’s less-than-stellar decisions is fascinating.

Xppetite maybe it’s my macro view of seeing cancerous growth everywhere in society.

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Laced with anecdote, buttressed by detailed accounts of the most flagrant record-industry transgressions, Appetite its title nicked from that of the Guns N’ Roses debut disc is an enthralling read, equal parts anger and regret. Must redeem within 90 days. 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.

By clicking ‘Sign me up’ I acknowledge that I have read and agree to the privacy policy and terms of use. That said, the book is an easy read, engaging syeve all times.

When the record companies saw that happening, they put any old piece of garbage in that wrapper. I’m not sure about that.