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Download : How the Internet Transformed the Record Business - Phil Hardy


How the Internet Transformed the Record Business


Published: 1st May 2013
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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).

Acknowledgementsp. v
Beginningsp. vii
The CD Boomp. 1
Seeking To Monetize Intellectual Property: The First Rise And Fall Of EMIp. 10
The Creation Of WMGp. 26
Would You Like To Dance? EMI And WMGp. 43
Bertelsmann Gets Itchy Feetp. 64
Profit Warnings From EMIp. 76
Mostly Digitalp. 95
A Revolution In Retailingp. 114
Digital Problems Galorep. 130
The Conglomerates Think Again About The Music Businessp. 146
The Rise And Fall Of Sony BMGp. 161
WMG, The Bronfman Erap. 183
EMI Finds Independence Lonelyp. 204
Transforming EMI: The Hands Era, Part Onep. 217
Battling Citigroup, The Hands Era, Part Twop. 243
Hopes For The Future, Legislation And New Business Plansp. 262
Rush To Market: The Sale Of WMG And EMIp. 290
Battling The Regulatorsp. 316
Endingsp. 344
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ISBN: 9781780386140
ISBN-10: 1780386141
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st May 2013
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.7  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.62
Edition Number: 1