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

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  • Copyright: 2009-12-15
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press

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The music industry's mighty players have been asleep at the wheel since Napster revolutionized the way music was distributed in the 1990s. A veteran industry reporter tells of the current state of big music, how it got into such dire straits, and where it's going.

Author Biography

Steve knopper is a Rolling Stone contributing editor who has covered the music business since 2002. He has written for publications such as Wired, Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, The Chicago Tribune, and Details. He also has written and edited four previous books, including the Completed Idiot's Guide to Starting a Band. He lives in Denver.

Table of Contents

Cast of Charactersp. xi
Prologue 1979-1982: Disco Crashes the Record Business, Michael Jackson Saves the Day, and MTV Really Saves the Dayp. 1
1983-1986: Jerry Shulman's Frisbee: How the Compact Disc Rebuilt the Record Businessp. 15
Big Music's Big Mistakes, Part 1: The CD Longboxp. 36
1984-1999: How Big Spenders Got Rich in the Post-CD Boomp. 40
Big Music's Big Mistakes, Part 2: Independent Radio Promotionp. 66
Big Music's Big Mistakes, Part 3: Digital Audio Tapep. 75
1998-2001: The Teen Pop Bubble: Boy Bands and Britney Make the Business Bigger Than Ever-But Not for Longp. 80
Big Music's Big Mistakes, Part 4: Killing the Singlep. 105
Big Music's Big Mistakes, Part 5: Pumping Up the Big Boxesp. 108
1998-2001: A Nineteen-Year-Old Takes Down the Industry-with the Help of Tiny Music, and a Few Questionable Big Music Decisionsp. 113
Big Music's Big Mistakes, Part 6: The Secure Digital Music Initiativep. 150
2002-2003: How Steve Jobs Built the iPod, Revived His Company, and Took Over the Music Businessp. 157
Big Music's Big Mistakes, Part 7: The RIAA Lawsuitsp. 183
2003-2007: Beating Up on Peer-to-Peer Services like Kazaa and Grokster Fails to Save the Industry, Sales Plunge, and Tommy Mottola Abandons Shipp. 190
Big Music's Big Mistakes, Part 8: Sony BMG's Rootkitp. 222
The Future: How Can the Record Labels Return to the Boom Times? Hint: Not by Stonewalling New High-tech Models and Locking Up the Contentp. 229
Notesp. 253
Acknowledgmentsp. 281
Indexp. 285
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