I’m currently having a blast reading this rip-roaring yarn of how MP3, at least for a while, threatened to kill an entire industry. It’s a well-informed book which, if you were there, jump-starts a whole bunch of recollections.
Stephen Witt, currently hailing from New York, provides us with a fascinating insight into the inner workings of the music industry, its sometimes frustratingly block-headed bigwigs and, with much panache, a glimpse of the thriving pirate networks that had their own set of values and, as much as the music industry, a highly competitive demeanor.
A real page turner.
Stephen Witt. How the Music got Free. Viking, June 2015.
- Finalist for the 2016 Los Angeles Times Book Prize,
- finalist for the 2016 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize,
- finalist for the 2015 Financial Times Book of the Year,
- finalist for the 2015 Business Book of the Year,
- a New York Times Editors’ Choice,
- and one of the year’s best books in The Washington Post, Slate, The Atlantic, Time and Forbes.