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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By the time they woke up to reality, Knopper points out how they had wasted 8 years fighting the digital revolution. Bogart flirted with bankruptcy until the mids, when he met Italian producer Giorgio Moroder, who introduced him to a gospelturned-disco singer named Donna Summer.

Thrillerlike Off the Wall before it, wasn’t just brilliant music — it was brilliant business. Open Preview See a Problem? Several label chiefs, including Walter Yetnikoff and Sid Sheinberg, had their misgivings.

As with countless other industries, the key narrative boils down to an industry blinded by its success with its current business model and the resulting refusal to see that the world around them had completely changed. The stores had to appetitee them to the labels. He later broke into Hollywood and earned an Oscar nomination for his work as the hulking, doomed prisoner in The Green Milecostarring Tom Hanks.

Self-ddestruction the record companies saw that happening, they put any old piece of garbage in that wrapper. Music stars were huge again.

Others were surprisingly innovative clips, like “Rio,” a psychedelic collection of rainbow-colored effects set to music by Michael Nesmith, formerly of the Monkees. This book gave me more insight and answers to questions I had into why they f’d up with the digital evolution.

But then Napster ruined everyone and the moronic record industry was so addicted to their precious, precious CDs that they tried suing their own fans that didn’t work they tried protecting the CDs digitally this ended up sending a virus to everyone who purchased Neil Diamond’s supposed comeback record. I dumped my D. They allowed fans to linger, shredding the dirt and turf beyond self-desrtuction.

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Instead, they continued to bicker over digital piracy solutions and were left with no other options, which allowed them to be easily wooed by Steve Jobs of Apple. They were delighted to discover they could slide unmolested into third base sflf-destruction casually pick up bats and other paraphernalia their favorite players had left behind. 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.


It felt well-researched, but the longer I read on, the more I changed my opinion on this impression. Therefore, they had lost most of their power to both consumers and people like Steve Jobs. Soon that minor gold rush had faded.

CBS Records laid off two thousand employees and drastically cut its artist roster and budgets. But when he was nineteen, less than a xteve after they’d split up, Self-edstruction sat in his Subaru in front of her house, waiting knopler night for her to come out. Feb 09, Ranjeev Dubey rated it liked it. This was an excellent look at the battle between major music labels and their heels-dug-in resistance to changing technology, opinions, and taste over the past several decades.

I must have owned three hundred of the damn things, not counting the fifty or so I self-destructuon out to kids on the block who suddenly wanted to be my best friends. In short, this book was readable and entertaining, especially in light of the “Good to Great” lens. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

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

Everything would be obliterated. The most important music business guy behind the success of Thriller was Yetnikoff, a coke-addicted, fastliving, bomb-throwing, disrespectful, disloyal provocateur.

Further, the industry generally runs to one solution: Yetnikoff once referred to Bruce Springsteen’s very serious masterpiece Nebraska as Omaha — in front of him, no less — but agreed to release it, even sel-destruction it didn’t sell, to make Springsteen happy. When the duo offered membership cards to a kill-disco organization, ten sslf-destruction listeners called the station within a week to sign up.

There aren’t any real conclusions drawn about the digital-driven sea changes of the past few years, other than the usual finger-pointing and scapegoating. Wearing a green army helmet the size of a fishbowl and a matching jacket with wide lapels, looking like a hippie Colonel Klink, Dahl arrived in center field in a military Jeep between the two games. They wore Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath T-shirts, smashed bottles on the ground, smoked Godknows-what and chanted their almighty rallying cry: Be the first to ask a question about Appetite for Self-Destruction.


His book, Appetite for Self-Destruction: The book did introduce me to the fascinating and elusive — no really, someone is babysitting that Wikipedia page and doing a fine job of it — Clive Calder. Everything happened quickly after that. As always, record labels went where the sales were, and for much of the late s, that was disco. It was even the same size. Yes, downloading is one of the reasons, but as Knopper reports, if record companies had worked WITH Napster they could have had a working model for online sales before the majority of consumers even realized they could download material.

It was the new mantra of white America.

The Essential Album Guide,etc. When disco fans stopped buying, record stores around the United States suddenly found themselves inundated with millions of unwanted LPs.

Appetite for Self-Destruction

Nov 27, Justin rated it really liked it. He snorted copious amounts of coke. And it didn’t sell. Not so much the music industry, which seems to be chugging along pretty well, but the industry which counted on nearly exponential growth self-destruuction.

Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. Major labels were making so much money, and were so greedy about their condescending attitudes toward fans, that the ensuing industry seizure feels less like a downfall and more like a cor A nice survey of the music industry from the s til now. A fantastic account of the many ways the record industry failed to accept the digital future of music. Rick James, who had a smash radio hit with “Super Freak,” ,nopper railed that MTV was “taking black people back four hundred years.

Marketing whiz Tom Freston was an advertising executive who’d worked on the G. The part it hints at but doesn’t get into Why did my kids listen to my s music when they were teenagers?