"Ripped: How The Wired Generation Revolutionized Music" by Greg Kot

RippedThis is the 2nd edition of Greg Kot's book that presents the first definitive account of the digital music revolution. Digital technology has forever changed how we listen to and get music. In the mid-1990s, advances in Internet and digital technology made it easy for fans to store, play, and share music, and leveled the playing field between better-marketed major-label bands and smaller independent artists who communicated directly with their audience. Instead of embracing these new possibilities, the music industry turned their customers into criminals with lawsuits, even as on-line music sharing exploded. With firsthand access to artists such as Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, Metallica, Death Cab for Cutie and Arcade Fire, Ripped: How The Wired Generation Revolutionized Music chronicles the industry’s decline and the rise of a worldwide grassroots community that transformed music.

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