In honor of iTunes changing their price structures and finally, FINALLY, doing away with DRM (it’s evil if you don’t know anything about it) you should play a little catch up with a few different titles to bolster your music industry cred.
The newest: Appetite for Self Destruction. Recently reviewed by the NYTimes and brimming with some snarky insight into that old clunky dinosaur: The Music Industry. The book tells the tale of how they sealed their own casket starting with the Digital Audio Tape and blending right in to the creation of CDs
“One of the first things the labels got wrong, Mr. Knopper says, was the elimination of the single. It got young people out of the habit of regularly visiting record stores and forced them to buy an entire CD to get the one song they craved. In the short term this was good business practice. In the long term it built up animosity. It was suicidal.”
The article does pay mention to two other books that shouldn’t be missed, though are somewhat harder to come by: Hit Menby Frederic Dannen and The Perfect Thing by Steven Levy.
Need some 60’s music knowledge and the birth of rock n’ roll? White Bicycles will get you there. Full of THE insider’s accounts of some of the key moments in the behind-the-scenes evolution from jazz and blues to the heavy hitters of rock Legend.
ALSO!! Don’t miss the fantastic 33 1/3 series compilations. The two sets help chronicle albums that have meant something to someone. Each author takes a different track in defining why you should listen and feel and be with each one. From Playback St. Louis:
“On the whole, 33 1/3 Greatest Hits is an awesome romp. Think of it as a party filled with your smartest and most literate music friends. We all have at least one album we love, for whatever reason–it got you through a bad period of your life, reminds you of the best summer of your life, first time you made love–and when you hear it there comes a flood of feelings with each song. This anthology, these stories, capture that rush of emotions and brilliantly crystallizes the thoughts. Certainly worth a read.”