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

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

by Steve Knopper

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Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age by Steve Knopper

Rolling Stone music industry expert Steve Knopper reveals the epic story of the precipitous rise and fall of the modern recording industry. Knopper's unparalleled access to those intimately involved in the music world's highs and lows-including Warner Music chairman Edgar Bronfman, Jr., renegade Napster creator Shawn Fanning, and more than 200 others-makes for a detailed and sweeping history of the industry's wild ride through the past three decades.

Knopper takes us from the birth of the compact disc, the explosion of CD sales, and the emergence of MP3-sharing websites that led to iTunes, to the current collapse of the industry as CD sales plummet. He shows 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.

Just as the incredible success of the CD turned the music business into one of the most glamorous, high-profile industries in the world, the advent of file, sharing brought it to its knees. In this riveting, informative, and highly, entertaining account, Knopper shares the story of the plight of Big Music with unprecedented clarity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416552154
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 01/06/2009
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Steve Knopper is a contributing editor to Rolling Stone and veteran music reporter who has written for The New York Times Magazine, GQ, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic Traveler, Wired, Details, and many other publications. His book, Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age, was prominently featured on NPR’s Fresh Air and dozens of other prominent radio and TV shows; Tom Hanks called it “amazing.” He has been a featured expert source on NBC Nightly News, CNBC, NPR’s Marketplace, among others. He lives in Denver with his wife, Melissa, and daughter Rose.

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