By Steve Knopper
For the 1st time, Appetite for Self-Destruction recounts the epic tale of the precipitous upward thrust and fall of the recording over the last 3 many years, while the remarkable good fortune of the CD grew to become the tune enterprise into the most glamorous, high-profile industries on this planet -- and the appearance of dossier sharing introduced it to its knees. In a accomplished, fast moving account jam-packed with larger-than-life personalities, Rolling Stone contributing editor Steve Knopper indicates that, after the amazing wealth and way over the '80s and '90s, Sony, Warner, and the opposite immense gamers caused their very own downfall via years of denial and undesirable judgements within the face of dramatic advances in expertise.
monstrous track has been asleep on the wheel ever given that Napster revolutionized the way in which track used to be allotted within the Nineteen Nineties. Now, simply because robust humans like Doug Morris and Tommy Mottola did not realize the fabulous capability of file-sharing know-how, the labels are at risk of changing into thoroughly out of date. Knopper, who has been writing in regards to the for greater than ten years, has exceptional entry to these in detail concerned with the track world's highs and lows. in accordance with interviews with greater than 2 hundred song assets -- from Warner tune chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr. to renegade Napster writer Shawn Fanning -- Knopper is the 1st to supply any such exact and sweeping modern background of the industry's wild trip during the earlier 3 a long time. From the delivery of the compact disc, throughout the explosion of CD revenues within the '80s and '90s, the emergence of Napster, and the key talks that ended in iTunes, to the present cave in of the as CD revenues plummet, Knopper takes us contained in the boardrooms, recording studios, inner most estates, storage machine labs, corporation jets, company infighting, and mystery bargains of the large names and behind-the-scenes gamers who made all of it occur.
With unforgettable images of the song world's potent and previously potent; specified money owed of either extraordinary and silly rules delivered to fruition or left at the cutting-room ground; the dish on backroom schemes, negotiations, and brawls; and a number of other formerly unreported tales, Appetite for Self-Destruction is a riveting, informative, and hugely pleasing learn. It bargains a extensive standpoint at the present nation of huge tune, the way it bought into those dire straits, and the place it's going from the following -- and a cautionary story for the electronic age.
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Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age by Steve Knopper