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Dirty Little Secrets of the Record Business: Why So Much Music You Hear Sucks
For disgruntled music fans wondering why music played on the radio is not only worse now than in the past but also not nearly as revelatory as it once was, this book presents a detailed discussion of how the record business fouled its own livelihood. This insightful dissection covers numerous aspects of the industry's failures and shortcomings, including why stockholders p ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Chicago Review Press
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This book contains some interesting insights into the state of today's music industry. However, there are three strikes against it: 1) having been written in 2006, it's already extremely dated, at least in the way that it describes the Internet's role in music sales; 2) it's only really a chain of random thoughts rather than a fully developed argument; and 3) although it often speaks of the music industry's dismal condition, it NEVER addresses the question of the sub-title (why so much of the mu ...more
You can tell by the title that this book is going to be a plainly spoken, easy read. Rather than just hand the reader a tirade against the music industry as it works today, this is a (mostly) neutral factual look at how music is made, funded and marketed. The author also gives you glimpses into how it evolved to where it is today, and how many in the industry are slow to evolve with ever-changing technologies. If you think you want to be in the music industry, do yourself a HUGE favor and read t ...more