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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (452 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Knopper Narrator: Dan John Miller Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For the first time, Appetite for Self-Destruction recounts the 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.

In a comprehensive, fast-paced account full of larger-than-life personalities, Rolling Stone contributing editor Steve Knopper shows that, after the incredible wealth and excess of the '80s and '90s, Sony, Warner, and the other big players brought about their own downfall through years of denial and bad decisions in the face of dramatic advances in technology.

Based on interviews with more than 200 music industry sources - from Warner Music chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr. to renegade Napster creator Shawn Fanning - Knopper is the first to offer such a detailed and sweeping contemporary history of the industry's wild ride through the past three decades.

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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Devin | 2/13/2014

    " Very well researched and with a great narrative. It really shows the whole ship going down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by John | 1/22/2014

    " I read part of this book to support a paper I had to write for school. The paper was about selling music on-line, and this book has some good information about the major record labels disdain for the idea of selling music on-line instead of in the format of a CD. I decided to finish reading the book to get a full picture of what the author was describing, and I found the whole story fairly interesting. It is sort of amusing how people who a wonderfully successful at something can get stuck in a position and have no way to get themselves on to a new idea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Matt | 1/15/2014

    " Provides a compelling argument that, every time a technological advancement came forward, the record industry did what it could to kill or ignore it. I knew that they shot themselves in the foot with the transition to digital, but it seems they were unaware of the gun. And maybe the foot too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Paulisded | 12/28/2013

    " Finally, somebody has the balls to tell the real reasons why the record business is dying. Yes, downloading is one of the reasons, but as Knopper reports, if record companies had worked WITH Napster they could have had a working model for online sales before the majority of consumers even realized they could download material. Knopper also talks about the over-reliance on the $16 CD, the over-spending on trends that were destined to die, and the move from music people running the industry to marketing men who had no clue how to deal with an artistic product. "

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