Tuesday, December 16, 2008

HITS review: "An astounding tale of an industry's steady, inevitable decline"

Hits magazine columnist Roy says some excellent things in a review (see #4 in the link; oh, and you have to register by clicking on the crazy devil head that turns into a dead sheep):

-- "Knopper expertly recounts the grim tale of an error-filled era of self-immolation"

-- ". . . assembled as a linear narrative, it makes for an astounding tale of an industry’s steady, inevitable decline"

-- " . . . Knopper’s tome, which will be published in January, immediately takes its place as a sequel to the previous best books written about the record industry, Fredric Dannen’s classic Hit Men and Fred Goodman’s Mansion on the Hill."

Those of you who haven't read Hit Men or Mansion on the Hill should check them out immediately. The former is about the shady means record labels used to push singles onto radio playlists, using an allegedly Mob-connected group of "indie promoters" known as The Network. The latter is about how grassroots '60s musical movements, as well as talents such as Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, transformed over time into moneymaking machines.

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