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Appetite for Self-Destruction

The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age

By Steve Knopper
Narrated by Dan John Miller / 11 hours

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 two hundred 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.

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Author
Narrator Dan John Miller
ISBN 9781423375227
Length 11 hours
Language English
Publisher Brilliance Audio
Publication Date
Edition Unabridged
Libro.fm Rank #67,026 Overall
Genre Rank #835 in Art
 

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