Ripped : How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-05-11
  • Publisher: Scribner

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No less than a decade ago, the majority of mainstream music was funneled through a handful of media conglomerates. But now more individuals are listening to more music from a greater variety of sources than at any time in history.Rippedtells the story of how the laptop generation created a new music industry, with fans and bands rather than corporations in charge. In this new world, bands aren't just musicmakers but self-contained multimedia businesses; and fans aren't just consumers but distributors and even collaborators. Since this digital revolution hit the music industry, its infiltration into every other form of media has been well documented, if often not well understood.Rippedbrilliantly illustrates how, when, and where the changes happened first and leaves us with an understanding of how to move forward.

Author Biography

Greg Kot has been the music critic at the Chicago Tribune since 1990, and his Tribune-hosted biog, "Turn It Up," is a must read for music buffs and industry insiders alike. Kot is cohost of the nationally syndicated radio program Sound Opinions, "the world's only rock 'n' roll talk show," and he has written several books, including Wilco: Learning How to Die. He lives in Chicago.

Table of Contents

Introduction Chaos and Transformationp. 1
Consolidated to Deathp. 5
Payola Bluesp. 14
Napster vs. Metallicap. 25
Customers or Criminals?p. 41
Is Prince Nuts?p. 58
"Do Not Insult Death Cab"p. 58
Conor Oberst: "He Was Thirteen and Kicking Our Asses"p. 87
"Screw the Record Companies, Screw MTV, Just Go Out and Play"p. 102
Everyone's a Criticp. 112
Arcade Fire: Chocolate Fountains Everywherep. 132
Innovation Out of Necessityp. 149
GirlTalk's Illegal Artp. 161
Future Shock from Wham Cityp. 173
"George Bush Doesn't Like Black People"p. 180
A New Boss, Same as the Old Bossp. 192
Steve Jobs and the iPod "Burglary Kit"p. 201
"The Feedback Loop of Creativity"p. 211
"I Love Picking Fights"p. 219
"It's Up to You"p. 232
"Steal, Steal, and Steal Some More"p. 242
Afterwordp. 251
Acknowledgmentsp. 257
Indexp. 259
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