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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None of the many TV newsclips of the scene captures Duncan, which is surprising, given that he stood 6’5″, wore a huge Afro, and was one of the few black people on the field. Why was the rock of the s and s so corporatized and lacking in distinctiveness?

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

The author writes in a sometimes conversational tone that doesn’t always seem to work in the context of this book. He’d begun his career as a fifteen-year-old DJ and worked up to program director for a planned cable-TV experiment called the Movie Channel. This book gave me more insight and answers to questions I had into why they f’d up with the digital evolution.

They allowed fans to linger, shredding the dirt and turf beyond recognition. One thing is certainly made clear by Knopper: With singles like Summer’s “Love to Love You Baby,” Casablanca rode the disco boom hard, going platinum on just about every record it threw into the marketplace.

But as the fast-living Yetnikoff suffered through the record industry’s postdisco crash, he was growing antsy. Bogart surrounded the band at one showcase with inflatable elephants and various barnyard animals, and was surprised when they drew derision from the crowd.


The show was wildly popular. His grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Austria or Poland — they were never quite clear which — and they spoke Polish and Yiddish around the house. From disco to iTunes.

Unfortunately for the label, Summer broke her contract and fled to industry mogul David Geffen’s new record company. To wit, a note about how, when initially launched, iTunes took 22 cents out of every 99 cent song purchase for itself, leaving 67 cents to be divided among the various rights holders. It offers a broad perspective stevd 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.

Rick James, who had a smash radio hit with “Super Freak,” publicly railed that MTV was “taking black people back four hundred years. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Appetite for Self-Destruction

Which brings me to my next point: Big Music has been asleep at the wheel ever since Napster revolutionized the way music was distributed in the s. He grew up in Brooklyn, the son of a painter with a hot temper and a sympathetic mother who cleaned his wounds whenever knoppre father knocked him around.

Pedalboard Hack Original Song: During a contract renegotiation with Paul Simon and his attorney, the mogul and the singer-songwriter’s aggressive bargaining escalated into a full-blown argument, and Yetnikoff banned Simon from CBS Records’s building for life. It was very thoroughly researched in many areas, wit I was bought this as a gift a few years ago understandably – I like my music and I like my non-fiction but hadn’t picked it up self-deatruction now.

People started getting appetitd, and they got really pissed off. Must redeem within 90 days.

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Joe account before fleeing the toy business to hike through the Sahara with a girlfriend, then landed in Asia to run a fabric-export company.


Rather than takes a knop;er approach, they wasted eight years fighting the digital revolution and in the process let both consumers and digital business take control. The book tackles the period from the post-disco crash in the early ’80s through Key takeaway from the book: 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.

Soon, the boom made executives complacent when they should have been scouting for new talent. The part it hints at but doesn’t get into Why did my kids listen to my s music when they were teenagers? Almost overnight, Dahl turned his new station’s ratings around. There’s something happening here. He danced like a backwards angel, screeched and squealed, and — inexplicably — wore one white glove.

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.

A very good knoppsr and an easy read.

Plus, I’m still pissed about growing up in the 70s and 80s, when you’d buy an album only to find that it was complete crap.