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Appetite for Self-Destruction
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Rolling Stone contributing editor Knopper weaves an incredibly detailed history of the music industry in the late 20th and early 21st centuries to explain how greed, corruption, and resistance to change culminated in the loss of power and success for many music labels in the last ten years. He arranges the material into a coherent narrative and clarifies where his information or sources come up short. But musician/narrator Dan John Miller's (Generation Text) performance, though successful overall, occasionally lacks nuance. And given the subject matter, auditory enhancements like music samples or interview clips would have strengthened this production. However, most will walk away from this audiobook impressed by Knopper's work. [Audio clip available through brillianceaudio.com.-Ed.]-Lance Eaton, Peabody, MA Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

"[A] stark accounting of the mistakes major record labels have made since the end of the LP era and the arrival of digital music.... A wide-angled, morally complicated view of the current state of the music business.... [Knopper] suggests that with even a little foresight, record companies could have adapted to the Internet's brutish and quizzical new realities and thrived.... He paints a devastating picture of the industry's fumbling, corruption, greed and bad faith over the decades." -- The New York Times
"Knopper, a Rolling Stone music business writer, thoughtfully reports on the record racket's slow, painful march into financial ruin and irrelevance, starting with the near-catastrophic sales slump that began in 1979 after the demise of disco. Though the labels persevered, they finally lost control of their product when they chose to ignore the possibilities of the Internet.... Knopper piles on examples of incompetence, making a convincing case that the industry's collapse is a drawn-out suicide." -- Los Angeles Times
"[Knopper has a] nose for the story's human element.... The best parts of the book, such as Knopper's analysis of the late-'90s teen-pop bubble (and how it ultimately burst), move with the style and drama of a great legal thriller -- think Michael Clayton with headphones....This is gripping stuff. Crank it up." -- Time Out New York
"The music industry is toast, my friends. And congrats to Rolling Stone vet Steve Knopper, whose fantastic new book Appetite for Self-Destruction explains why" -- The Village Voice
..".Laced with anecdote, buttressed by detailed accounts of the most flagrant record-industry transgressions, Appetite (its title nicked from that of the Guns N' Roses debut disc) is an enthralling read, equal parts anger and regret. Knopper's writing is sharp, his approach sharper..." -- The Boston Globe

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