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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The most important music business guy behind the success of Thriller was Yetnikoff, a coke-addicted, fastliving, bomb-throwing, disrespectful, disloyal provocateur.

I did pick it up rather late so its a bit out of date, ending its survey in From the profits they allowed him, it’s clear they never anticipated the digital format would be the future replacement for the CD. It offers a broad perspective on the current state of Big Music, how it got into these dire straits, and where it’s going self-cestruction here — and a cautionary tale for the digital age.

Denne boka tar for seg platebransjens gullalder, som kan kokes ned til to bokstaver: Then they created the CD which you could not roll a joint on as well self-estruction you could with an LP.

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.

As an example of the moronic way self-destruftion distribution and the fact that you had to buy the entire slef-destruction even if you just wanted one song “Who Let The Dogs Out” at one time outsold what Lily Allen currently does or than that other band I was in.

One such Sox fan was a twenty-one-year-old South Sider who’d been sitting in the upper deck with six or seven of his friends from the neighborhood.

The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry During my college days in the early 90’s, I lived my life in Tower Records and Newbury Comics browsing the racks. Finish a new album, ssteve make it a blockbuster, by Christmas. The obvious example is the industry’s hostile sel-fdestruction to the advent of digital music. In fact, he says, the channel couldn’t wait to play the Thriller videos. And it didn’t sell.


Likely music will survive but the record industry, bg its unwillingness to accept a changing world, might not. The music business, however, has a bright future. 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.

This sequencing is clear and logical, providing for easy understanding. It was the right album at the right time: Just a self-destrjction while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Music on television had been around for years in the form of weekly shows, from American Bandstand to Album Tracks.

Nobody wanted to wear the bellbottoms,” Duncan says.

Lazily written rock journalism masquerading as historical analysis. The best parts of the book, such as Knopper’s analysis of the late-’90s teen-pop bubble and how it ultimately burstmove with the style and drama of a great legal thriller — think Michael Clayton with headphones 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 selff-destruction few black people on the field.

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The players were clearly unsettled. Appetite for Self-Destruction is a fascinating portrait of what happens when an industry fails to adjust to changing times. Good riddance to bad rubbish, I say. Veeck happened to have an excellent forum for what would become the decisive event in Dahl’s campaign: Soon, the boom made executives complacent when they should have been scouting for new talent.

While Knopper hits on the eccentric nature of the players in the business, he eschews the gossipy tone typical this type of books and instead points to the business problems that brought the industry down. 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.

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. Blond’s boss, CBS’ flamboyant attack-dog chairman, Walter Yetnikoff, declared the industry “in the intensive care ward. Jackson’s last album, Off the Wallwhich had sold 8 million copies inwas one of the few bright lights in a terrible year.

They invited listeners to call in with their most hated disco songs; after airing a snippet, Hy and Meier would drag the needle across the record and queue the sound of an explosion. 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.


Review: Appetite For Self-Destruction by Steve Knopper

While labels were focused on creating hits through trends boy bands and pop divas being the one Knopper devotes much coverage to as well as relying on the mainstays of independent promotion and a locked down retail structure, college kids were already fleecing the companies through illegal downloads that the labels really never saw coming.

He danced like a backwards angel, screeched and squealed, and — inexplicably — wore one white glove. Amazon as usual has some nice comments from reviews at the time: Out of disco’s ashes had risen a new sales monster, Thrillerwhich established the video-driven blueprint for fellow superstars Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, and Prince.

With unforgettable portraits of the music world’s mighty and formerly mighty; detailed accounts of both brilliant and 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.

Another fifteen thousand spilled along the surrounding South Side streets.

There are many great business lessons to be learned from this book. Susan Blond, a sekf-destruction executive at CBS-owned Epic Records, says the company lost three hundred employees on her first day.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please fot up. 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. The company’s executives were out of their minds. Jackson, who told Davis at a party that the channel’s format was rock ‘n’ roll, and most rock stations didn’t play black artists, either, other than the late Jimi Hendrix.

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These missteps almost killed PolyGram Records, whose market share had jumped from 5 percent to 20 percent in the disco era. All seven of its singles landed in the Top 10, the album lasted a ridiculous thirty-seven weeks at No. The week of the demolition, July 8 to 14, Chic’s self-destructionn Times” hit the Top 10 — one of six disco songs to do so.