With the holiday break, I’ve had a bit of time to get through some reading, including finishing Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age. This an excellent book on how the music industry has managed to shoot itself in the feet a number of times (and with a canon at that); although it does only cover events upto 2008 (as we enter 2014 it would be brilliant to see an additional chapter to get insight into how the resurgence of vinyl and the rise of Spotify has impacted thinking – beyond the deadlines of complaints by the likes of Thom Yorke about Spotify).
Thw book feels well researched (certainly references hold testimony to this), but at the same time it doesn’t read like a dry academic read that you would associate with such a well researched text. But given the attitudes and behaviours of some of the individuals in the big labels their egos run riot far more than most of the ‘rock gods’ that they’re trying to sell.
Steve Knopper has done a great job with the book and I’d recommend it to anyone interested in music or how technology such as peer-to-peer has impacted the media industry. You dont need to be a music fiend or geek to find this a satisfying read.
Steve’s website is http://knopps.com/