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Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age (Anglais) CD – 6 janvier 2009

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'Even with the 20/20 vision of hindsight, the failure of the leading record labels to grasp the implications of the internet seem extraordinary. As Steve Knopper, a contributing editor to Rolling Stone, explains in this pacy account of corporate greed and myopia, they certainly had enough warning'
'[Knopper's] mix of interviews, analysis and insider gossip makes for a lively tale of corporate greed, egoism and panic'
Metro 11/6
'Knopper paints a damning picture of an arrogant business, completely out of step with technology and its consumers, trying everything from copy-protection to litigation to strangle the digital genie' Word magazine, July issue
[Knopper’s] conclusion that CDs sparked a boom time in the ‘80s and ‘90s that record men thought would never end might not be headline news, but his research is exhaustive (more than 200 interviews) and the result is an absorbing read peppered with amusing anecdotes illustrating how woefully complacent the major labels were, such as the meeting when one executive asked the residential digital music expert how to fix his cable TV connection. A funny and authoritative book’ Q magazine August issue
‘Appetite ForSelf-Destruction chronicles the corporate rivalries, technological hubris, myopic greed and lamentable customer relations that led to the recent plummet in profits from recorded music;
Guardian 1/8
‘Knopper’s excellent account of the record industry’s failure to adapt to the digital age is the best of a clutch of recent books that address the changing face of music’
Financial Times 8/8
‘Rolling Stone staffer Knopper’s account of the last 25 years of the record business is a cautionary tale of mind-bogglingly myopic blundering, told with a caustic appreciation of the giant eggs involved’
‘Books of the Year’, The Sunday Times 6/12 --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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In an engaging, fast-paced, up-close-and-personal narrative, Appetite for
Self-Destruction recounts the music industry's wild 30-year ride through the digital age. Based on interviews with over 200 music industry sources-from Warner Music chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr. to renegade Napster creator Shawn Fanning-as well as assiduous research in legal documents, unpublished memoirs, Billboard reports, and so on, Steve Knopper, a regular contributor to Rolling Stone, offers a contemporary history of big music that is more comprehensive and entertaining than any other book out there. From the birth of the compact disk, 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 board rooms, 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. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 It's like reading the world's longest obituary 12 octobre 2009
Par John S Harris - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Being in my early forties, I am just old enough (and just young enough) to have lived through pretty much every stage of the decline of the record industry so painstakingly detailed in this book.

I grew up going to record stores, then chain stores, then saw the advent of the CD when I started college. I lived through the CD boom and read about big-name acts signing new contracts worth untold millions of dollars primarily because their back catalogs were selling so well when the world was upgrading their record collections from vinyl to CD. I watched in horror as the "boy bands" seemed to take over. I again watched in horror as the labels pushed only the best-selling artists and dumped the rest from their rosters. I moaned in disbelief when I learned that WalMart was the biggest brick-and-mortar retailer of recorded music, and that was sad and unfortunate because their selection was so narrow. I nearly cried as the rock radio stations I listened to became far more repetitive and far less interesting. I was initially horrified by Napster and sided with Metallica -- file swapping was theft, plain and simple. But the labels' litigious response to it was no less outrageous. Understandable on some level, but outrageous nonetheless. When digital music became the norm, the powers-that-be did everything they could to stem the tide, and they did it in such a way to sour the record-buying experience.

Perhaps worst of all, though, is that the "album" has all but died. It's all about the hit single. There is almost no such thing as artist development anymore. Remember a few decades ago when artist would put out a record every calendar year and tour behind it every calendar year? Each year you could count on seeing your favorite band (Van Halen, Journey, KISS, Rush, The Police, maybe even The Who) tour all over the U.S., even hitting the secondary markets. Nowadays many big-name artists wait up to 3 or 4 years between releases. MTV and the labels milking every last drop from every last album changed all that.

Basically, I lived through every milestone event Steve Knopper details in this book. I stood on the sidewalk and watched that entire fiasco parade pass by. This book reads like an "E! True Hollywood Story" account of the demise of the record industry. Part of the fun of browsing through a huge record store's bins was getting to discover and listen to new music. Not any more. There's a huge difference between trying out a new record at the listening station and hearing a 30-second snippet on iTunes or Amazon. There's very little of the feeling of ownership anymore, at least with digital download. No more opening up the record or CD to peruse the insert booklet, read the liner notes, read the lyrics, look at the artwork and photos, check the credits to see what guest artist or studio musicians may have played on it or co-written a tune or two.

But in today's world that may not be important to everyone. It's hard to believe, but there is an entire generation of kids out there buying music online who have NEVER set foot in a record store EVER. Boggles the mind. I'm getting old, but I'm not THAT old.

Many people my age saw most of these events as they happened. The great thing about Knopper's book is that we now have names to put with those events. We know the "what", and thanks to Knopper's research we also know the "who", "why", and "how".

As with many other culture-shifting events and history-making events, the change in the tide isn't always an inevitable force of nature. Often it is the end result of the actions (or lack of action) of a relatively few people of influence, the events affected by their individual personalities, ambitions, prejudices, greediness, or what-have-you. You might even say that the whole reason the record industry playing field was moved in the first place was because of the rise of the personal computer, and for that we have various players like Gates, Jobs, Woz, folks at the Palo Alto Research Center at Xerox, IBM, etc. One might say the music business changed so dramatically because the personal computer industry simply came into existence. Had the latter never developed (or developed differently), the former may not have changed the same way.

I guess a better introduction for Knopper's book could have been the book "Accidental Empires" or the PBS documentary "Triumph of the Nerds". Everything that happens is a result of many seemingly unrelated things that happened previously. Everything is connected.

"Appetite For Self-Destruction" is a fascinating book. Highly recommended.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 An entertaining and fact-full look back at the start of a revolution 2 janvier 2016
Par Nathan Webster - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Even just six years later, this already seems like ancient history - the MP3 has already been replaced by streaming services. At the end of the book, someone is quoted as saying "all the world's music will be on a chip..." and at the time, he was sort of mocked, but the streaming services are pretty much exactly that.

But - as a history of a cultural shift, this holds up really well and is pretty interesting reading. Author Steve Knopper holds to the best journalists strategy - "a fact in every sentence." Literally, every sentence conveys a specific piece of information that builds the narrative. No fluff, all fact. He used a good mix of primary sources and contemporary interviews.

By now we already know the end to this story - it wasn't Napster that destroyed the music industry as much as the natural evolution of technology. I appreciated how Knopper mentioned how the iPod allowed users to listen to pirated music, while the music labels were in bed with Apple. So Apple was the big winner in all of this - they made money from all sides. I think this is often missed - Apple could have prevented piracy (or at least made it more difficult) but they facilitated it by making the iPod usable for pirated music - but not usable with songs bought from other places than iTunes! Truly devious.

This book captures this era. As a history of a pivotal, revolutionary time, it's definitely an interesting read. If you remember the 2002 dot-com, you'll recall how we all mocked all the silly web companies with their big ad campaigns and silly valuations - but for hubris, nobody touched the music industry.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent Book about the Free Fall of the American Music Industry 13 avril 2009
Par T. B. Vick - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This is an excellent book. Steve Knopper, contributing editor for Rolling Stone magazine, and who has also written for such publications as Wired, Esquire, Entertainment Weekly and the Chicago Tribune, has written this book detailing the trends from the near death of the music industry in the late 70s to early 80s to the life-saving entities such as MTV and Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album. Knopper provides meticulous detail about the negative and positive trends of the music industry over the past 20 years to the newly developed digital age of downloading music via iTunes. Knopper mentions names of major labor leaders; details the decisions these major labels have made that have been effective and those decisions that have been fairly detrimental.

Moreover, Knopper describes how the rise of Napster ultimately lead to severe bleeding within the music industry due to the consumer now having the knowledge to easily pirate music. The reaction of the music industry to Napster and its smaller subsequent file-sharing groups eventually lead to the now slow death of major labels. Knopper details how and why this happened. Additionally, Knopper details how Steve Jobs (of Apple computers) strong-armed the five major music labels into deals that lead to iTunes and huge sales of the iPod. This trend ultimately changed the music industry and pushed it into a direction to which it has not adjusted very well.

In fact, according to Knopper, it has taken the major music labels nearly ten years to realize how technology can actually help the industry, but now its probably too late. Moreover, many bands and artists are actually turning to their own independent methods of releasing their new albums and songs. These bands and artists (such as NIN, Radiohead, the Eagles, etc.) are realizing that this new avenue is actually more appealing to their listeners and making them a larger profit than they ever had signing contracts with the major labels.

This, and much more is described in great detail in this work. This is a very telling book about how greed and ignorance has actually cost the music industry in the long run. And, according to Knopper, if the major labels do not make massive changes very quickly, the music industry as we have known it for the last several decades will no longer exist.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 MP3's Put Into Perspective 20 avril 2010
Par Matt Crazed - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
A common criticism of AFSD is that it's merely a music industry timeline from 1979-2007. Yes, this book does provide a comprehensive, detailed account of how the industry has evolved during the last three decades. Profoundly more important than the facts and figures, though, is how author Steve Knopper puts it all into perspective.

Many people don't know that heads of major labels initially resisted the CD format. Musicians and music fans alike often don't realize how the CD's inception into the American marketplace attracted Wall Street, rewarded big-spending record execs, and ultimately facilitated a business model that made those big spenders resistant to the digital age. It's also not exactly common knowledge that the CD's development began in the early 1960's, or that the early stages of MP3's were actually attempts during the late 70's to transmit data through telephone lines.

The common thread of all these factors is that the music business and music consumption patterns do not move in a vacuum. Consumer behavior, whether or not consumers actually pay, has been hugely driven by new technological developments that were previously (and wrongly) perceived as being insignificant. AFSD depicts the ramifications of this myopic vision, most notably the industry's failure to capitalize on Napster's initial popularity and the eventual surrender to iTunes. You might be shocked at some of the business deals that went down in flames before Steve Jobs infiltrated his Mac-based world into the music business.

Steve Knopper concludes AFSD in a rather open-ended manner, which is another major criticism of this book. Of course, it would be awesome if Knopper could gaze into his crystal ball and tell us exactly where the record industry will be in 2020. Falling short on psychic powers, nonetheless, AFSD insightfully summarizes where we've been, adding new perspective on where the industry is now and potentially where it will go in the near future.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Well-Researched Look into a Yet Another Industry Struggling with Change 2 février 2010
Par Philip Simon - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This is a very well-researched account of the fall of the music industry as we know it.

Knopper's book pulls no punches, calling a spade a spade. Much like other industries (Kodak with digital photography, for exmaple), the music Big Music refused to see the light of day.

Perhaps Big Music's biggest gaffe was killing the single, as Knopper points out.

I was there when all of this happened and I learned a great deal about the who's and why's of it all. Just a great read.
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