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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He lives in Denver with his wife, Melissa, and daughter Rose. The first to go down, in spectacular fashion, was over-the-top Casablanca Records. 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. Sign up and get a free eBook!

Nov 27, Justin rated it really liked it. Not just their justifiable anger towards illegal downloading, but their failure to realize digital music’s sales potential. And that was coming. Appetite For Self Destruction is a great book for any music fan or business student wanting to see a case history of an industry that fails to adjust to changing times.

But when he was nineteen, less than a year after they’d split up, Dahl sat in his Subaru in front hy her house, waiting all night for her to come out.

Knopper, who has been writing about the industry wppetite more than ten years, has unparalleled access to those intimately involved in the music world’s highs and lows. Must redeem within 90 days.

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Then there was the tricky little matter of Casablanca gy shipping hundreds of thousands of records at a time, with little regard for public demand, and being unprepared when stores returned them. He later broke into Hollywood and earned an Oscar nomination for his work as the hulking, doomed prisoner in The Green Milecostarring Tom Hanks.

Dahl, who went to work the next morning expecting to be fired, wound up a bigger celebrity than ever. 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 lows.


His book, Appetite for Self-Destruction: 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.

Pedalboard Hack Original Song: But once they did: Aug 03, Gphatty rated it liked it. Steve Knopper is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and has 30 years of experience in the music industry. For a few years, it had been the world’s largest record label. A nice survey of the music industry from the s til now. Therefore, they had lost most of their power to both consumers and people like Steve Jobs. Though the labels persevered, they finally lost control of their product when they chose to ignore the possibilities of the Internet The week of the demolition, July 8 to 14, Chic’s “Good Times” hit the Top 10 — one of six disco songs to do so.

With a host of employees as colorful as the artists they represent, it’s no wonder life at a major label has resembled a ride on a roller coaster. Braun had been on the phone with some artist managers, and by the time he straggled into the self-destructioon, the Siemens guy was just about finished.

The melodies catch in your head in the perfect way. They allowed fans to linger, shredding the dirt and turf beyond recognition. These battles over DRM, distribution and piracy continue. He lives in Denver with his wife, Melissa, and daughter Rose. With singles like Summer’s “Love to Love You Baby,” Casablanca rode the disco boom hard, sepf-destruction platinum on just about every record it threw into the marketplace.

While at Buddah, he tailed a prominent radio program director through the streets of New York City in a rented limousine, using a loudspeaker on top of the car to blast the names of his acts. The cake, according to Fredric Dannen’s book Hit Mentook two seats in a cross-country airplane and a freezer ambulance to get to Summer’s performance at the Penta discotheque in New York.

I thought it was a joke. News, author interviews, critics’ picks and more. 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.


The author writes in a sometimes conversational tone that doesn’t always seem to work in the context of this book. The singles I like are the extended versions a la the 80’s 12″ single. Book excerpts are provided by the publisher and may contain language some find offensive. 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.

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. I’m continually amazed that the record industry got away with as much crap as they did, for as long as they did 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.

Review: Appetite For Self-Destruction by Steve Knopper

During their unrelenting prosecution of Napster, they passed on a huge opportunity to partner and turn it into a self-destructlon making machine they could control.

The book falters a bit during overlong looks at the technical development of the compact disc and the personal antics of various music big shots, and the detailed descriptions of the power plays, mergers, and management shuffling of the major labels is enough to induce drowsiness.

He had no choice but to sign on. In “Appetite”, Steve Knopper spells out the ways major record labels willfully ignored or attacked digital music advancements that threatened their entrenched way of doing things. I learned a lot about the difference between the record industry and the music industry.

Unwittingly, he rallied ten thousand fans to storm the field, climbing down the foul poles and turning the record explosion in center field self-eestruction a raging bonfire. He lasted less than a year.