Dirty Little Secrets of the Record Business: Why So Much Music You Hear Sucks

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Chicago Review Press, Jan 1, 2007 - Business & Economics - 352 pages
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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 play an important role, how radio went from an art to a science and what was lost in that change, how the record companies alienated their core audience, why file sharing might not be the bogeyman that the record industry would have people think, technology's effects on what and how music is heard, and dozens of other reasons that add up to the record industry's current financial and artistic woes. With eye-opening observations culled from extensive interviews, this expose offers insights into how this multi-billion-dollar industry is run and why it's losing so much money.
 

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Well now, finally a book about music that actually presents information in cold,hard facts instead of silly sound-bites! This book is quite a labour of love indeed. I recommend it, as perhaps many who read it will once again realise that actual Vinyl Records and CDs are the way to go. Vinyl Records actually do have a warmness that just cannot be found on CDs even. Their artwork is incredible for the most part as well as being collectible in itself. The CDs are quite handy and have a superiour "scratchless" quality to them, though while not being as warm-sounding as the Vinyl Records, they are nonetheless superior to MP3 Files which compress the life out of the music itself! Remember the days of music played on A.M. Radio? Well that is what MP3 files amount to, but perhaps worse in their robotic tinniness! his book is a must-have for all music Connoisseurs worldwide, and especially in the United States. - Dr.Eustaquio Kirby, P.T. Gary's Record Paradise Vol.II  

Contents

Part II The Messy Suicide of Commercial Radio
81
Part III Retailing Records
143
Part IV Technology
171
Part V We the Audience
209
Part VI Money
229
The Bilious Stew of the Music Business at the Turn of the Millenniumand Hope for Deliverance
271
Source Notes
285
Bibliography
303
Original Sources
319
Index
321
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About the author (2007)

Hank Bordowitz is a veteran music journalist, a former recording artist, a music business consultant, an adjunct professor, and the author of seven critically hailed books, including Bad Moon Rising, Billy Joel, Every Little Thing Gonna Be Alright, and Turning Points of Rock and Roll. He lives in the New York City area.

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