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. Steve Knopper. · Rating details · ratings · reviews. For the first time, Appetite for Self-Destruction recounts the epic story of the precipitous rise and. Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age: : Steve Knopper: Books.

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But then Napster ruined everyone and the moronic record industry was so addicted to their precious, precious CDs that they tried suing their own fans that didn’t work they tried protecting the CDs digitally this ended up sending a virus to everyone who purchased Neil Diamond’s supposed comeback record. To ask other readers questions about Appetite for Self-Destructionplease sign up.

Now, the conventional music business model is all but DOA. Man, it was really hard to overlook his reading of the book. Knopper, who has been writing about the industry for more than ten years, has unparalleled access to those intimately involved in the music world’s highs and desttruction.

Clear Channel raises appefite ugly head, turning radio into a wasteland of payola garbage. With unforgettable portraits of the music world’s mighty and formerly mighty; detailed accounts of both brilliant detsruction stupid ideas brought to fruition or left on the cutting-room floor; the dish on backroom schemes, negotiations, and brawls; and several previously unreported stories, Appetite for Self-Destruction is a riveting, informative, and highly entertaining read.

That said, the book is an easy read, engaging at all times.

It’s a brave new world, yet many in the industry still don’t get it, thinking that a few big hits can cure all ills. Napster was really not that great.

Jan 15, Apetite rated it really liked it. A fantastic account of the many ways the record industry failed to accept the digital future of music. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Now, it’s consumers and desyruction artists who have the power. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


Big Music has been asleep at the wheel ever since Napster revolutionized the way music was distributed in the s. This an excellent book on how the music industry has managed to shoot itself in the feet a number of times and with a canon at that ; although it does only cover events upto as we enter it would be brilliant to see an additional chapter to get insight into how the resurgence of vinyl and the rise of Spotify has impacted deestruction — beyond the deadlines of complaints by the likes of Thom Yorke about Spotify.

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Few industries inspire more enmity than the record business. All of these addicts spent the next ten years making terrible, near-disposable music and tried to ween people off of buying expensive-to-produce cassettes. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

I did pick it up rather late so its a bit out of date, ending its survey in Trivia About Appetite for Self Yet it was an instant success. Don’t be angry because we learned to hate you too well. As of ApriliTunes had sold more than 4 billion songs around the world and was the top music retailer in the U.

I’m not sure this information was key to the story, but more importantly to my enjoyment, I didn’t find it very interesting. I hope everyone from the author to the copyeditor has A quite nice discussion of the imploding record industry as opposed to the music industry. 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.


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 till now. The book is well researched and written, and mostly interesting. Knopper follows the myriad of episodes by which the business was transformed, with both historical reporting as well as interviews with many of the key players, and piuts together a sufficiently detailed timeline of how the business lost its audience and sales clout through this not-so-random chain of events.

This sounds more like price fixing and could be up for an investigation. There were several in the industry who felt that the record companies should start selling files online, and several aborted attempts at creating an iTunes like service occurred throughout the industry, but nobody wanted to let go of the cash cow that was the CD.

And Radiohead’s “In Rainbows” was first issued as a download, for which customers could pay what they saw fit. Further, the industry generally runs to one solution: I doubt anyone really thinks ringtones are going to save the industry nowadays.

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

Fun, reads like an extended Rolling Stone piece not surprising, given that the author writes for them. In fact, Knopper focuses too much on background info versus zteve topic at hand. For example, the explanation of the invention of CDs consists of a chapter which can cause many eyes to droop with technical and engineering jargon.

It’s interesting reading this at the same time as business self-help book “Good to Great”, which posits that businesses need “Level 5” leadership to become uber profitable.