What happened to the record business? It used to be wildly successfil, selling outstanding music that showcased the performer's creativity and individuality. Now it's in rapid decline, and the best music lies buried under the swill.
This unprecedented book answers this question with a detailed examination of how the record business fouled its livelihood--through shortsightedness, stubborness, power plays, sloth and outright greed. Dirty Little Secrets of the Record Business takes you on a hard-headed tour through the corridors of the major labels and rides the waves of corporate radio to explain just why so much of the music you hear sucks.
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 exposé offers insights into how this multi-billion-dollar industry is run and why it’s losing so much money.