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Ripped : how the wired generation revolutionized music
Kot, Greg.
Adult Nonfiction ML74.7 .K68 2009

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In what has become a growing field, Kot's account of the music industry's massive struggles and glimmers of success in the digital age stands out for its sturdily constructed prose and command of up-to-date facts. The narrative moves chronologically from the late 1990s to the late 2000s, pivoting deftly from such subjects as the havoc deregulation wreaked on mainstream radio, the recording industry's attempted shock and awe-style crackdown on downloading and the recent pay-what-you-want online selling model pioneered by Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails. One of Kot's great strengths is that he is an able and passionate chronicler of the independent labels, musicians and critics whose rise in influence has been the definite upside of the old power structure's collapse. Kot gives us the first essential, critical account of the ever-expanding reach of the indie music Web site Pitchfork Media, a well informed analysis of the history and recent hyper-development of sample-based music and self-contained portraits of new model artists such as Arcade Fire and Bright Eyes. The book thankfully avoids the technology and industry gossip possibilities inherent in the subject and instead focuses on the sometimes unexpectedly wonderful mutations in the way that musicians and listeners think about popular music. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Kot, Chicago Tribune music critic and cohost of the syndicated radio show Sound Opinions, offers a perceptive, unblinking, and up-to-the-minute take on the seismic transformations of the recording industry in the digital age. Like Steve Knopper's Appetite for Self-Destruction, Kot's book helps to illuminate the tangled and complex history of digital music-its production, distribution, and sales-over the past 30 years. While Knopper's title is rich in profiles of record label moguls and software executives, Kot focuses more on the artists, including how they reacted to MP3 file sharing and distribution. Trent Reznor, Prince, U2, and Radiohead parlayed the new opportunities brought on by the decline of the recording industry to their advantage. Artists such as Death Cab for Cutie, Arcade Fire, Lily Allen, and others are profiled as unique phenomena of the new digital age. Kot organizes his book by topic rather than chronologically. His breezy, entertaining, journalistic style and sympathetic tone consistently draw in the reader. Essential for all those interested in the intersection of music and technology.-Larry Lipkis, Moravian Coll., Bethlehem, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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