Download chronicles of the making of the new record industry, from the boom years of the CD revolution of the late 1980s to the crisis of the present day, with particular stress on the last decade.
It follows the actions and reactions of the major international record companies, five at the beginning of the story, now four, as they ploughed their way through the digital slough of despond, bewildered by the fleet-of-foot digital innovators far more responsive to the changing marketing conditions through which (recorded) music was consumed and valued.
These all have their significant place in Download but the real story is the structural change that has, almost surreptitiously, taken place, within the music business. This change, for reasons author Phil Hardy will explain in detail, has left the captains of the record industry as unable to act as they were unwilling to act. In effect they became little but very well paid observers of the shrinking of their domains.
About the Author
Phil Hardy has written for Time Out, Variety and other publications and acted as a consultant on music business issues for bodies such as the Greater London Enterprise Board and the World Bank. He was the founding editor of Music and Copyright, offering news and analysis on the international music industry. He has written or edited several books on music and film, including Samuel Fuller (1970), The Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music (1990), and The BFI Companion to Crime (1997).
|The CD Boom||p. 1|
|Seeking To Monetize Intellectual Property: The First Rise And Fall Of EMI||p. 10|
|The Creation Of WMG||p. 26|
|Would You Like To Dance? EMI And WMG||p. 43|
|Bertelsmann Gets Itchy Feet||p. 64|
|Profit Warnings From EMI||p. 76|
|Mostly Digital||p. 95|
|A Revolution In Retailing||p. 114|
|Digital Problems Galore||p. 130|
|The Conglomerates Think Again About The Music Business||p. 146|
|The Rise And Fall Of Sony BMG||p. 161|
|WMG, The Bronfman Era||p. 183|
|EMI Finds Independence Lonely||p. 204|
|Transforming EMI: The Hands Era, Part One||p. 217|
|Battling Citigroup, The Hands Era, Part Two||p. 243|
|Hopes For The Future, Legislation And New Business Plans||p. 262|
|Rush To Market: The Sale Of WMG And EMI||p. 290|
|Battling The Regulators||p. 316|
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Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st May 2013
Publisher: Omnibus Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.7 x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.62
Edition Number: 1