Appetite for Self-Destruction. The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age Audiobook EBOOK

Appetite for Self-Destruction. The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age

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For the first time, Appetite for Self-Destruction recounts the epic story of the precipitous rise and fall of the recording industry over the past three decades, when the incredible success of the CD turned the music business into one of the most glamorous, high-profile industries in the world — and the advent of file sharing brought it to its knees. In a comprehensive, fast-paced account full of larger-than-life personalities, Rolling Stone contributing editor Steve Knopper shows that, after the incredible wealth and excess of the ’80s and ’90s, Sony, Warner, and the other big players brought about their own downfall through years of denial and bad decisions in the face of dramatic advances in technology.
Big Music has been asleep at the wheel ever since Napster revolutionized the way music was distributed in the 1990s. Now, because powerful people like Doug Morris and Tommy Mottola failed to recognize the incredible potential of file-sharing technology, the labels are in danger of becoming completely obsolete. Knopper, who has been writing about the industry for more than ten years, has unparalleled access to those intimately involved in the music world’s highs and lows. Based on interviews with more than two hundred music industry sources — from Warner Music chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr. to renegade Napster creator Shawn Fanning — Knopper is the first to offer such a detailed and sweeping contemporary history of the industry’s wild ride through the past three decades. From the birth of the compact disc, through the explosion of CD sales in the ’80s and ’90s, the emergence of Napster, and the secret talks that led to iTunes, to the current collapse of the industry as CD sales plummet, Knopper takes us inside the boardrooms, recording studios, private estates, garage computer labs, company jets, corporate infighting, and secret deals of the big names and behind-the-scenes players who made it all happen.

English | 2009 | ISBN:1416552154 | 301 pages | MP3&e-book | 449 MB Continuar leyendo “Appetite for Self-Destruction. The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age Audiobook EBOOK”

I’m Your Man The Life of Leonard Cohen Audiobook EBOOK

I’m Your Man The Life of Leonard Cohen

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The legend behind such songs as “Suzanne”, “Bird on the Wire”, and “Hallelujah” and the poet and novelist behind such groundbreaking literary works as Beautiful Losers and Book of Mercy, Leonard Cohen is one of the most important and influential artists of our era, a man of powerful emotion and intelligence whose work has explored the definitive issues of human life – sex, religion, power, meaning, love. Cohen is also a man of complexities and seeming contradictions: a devout Jew, who is also a sophisticate and ladies’ man, as well as an ordained Buddhist monk whose name, Jikan – “ordinary silence” – is quite the appellation for a writer and singer whose life has been anything but ordinary. I’m Your Man is the definitive account of that extraordinary life.
Acclaimed music journalist Sylvie Simmons crafts a portrait of Cohen as nuanced as the man himself, drawing on a wealth of research that includes Cohen’s personal archives and more than 100 exclusive interviews with those closest to Cohen – from his lovers, friends, monks, professors, rabbis, and fellow musicians to his muses, including Rebecca De Mornay, Marianne Ihlen, Suzanne Elrod, and Suzanne Verdal – and most important, with Cohen himself, whose presence infuses these pages.

By Sylvie Simmons, read by Joshua Pollock
Unabridged edition 2013 | 18 hours and 38 minutes | ISBN: n/a , ASIN: B00CPMSU80 | MP3 64 kbps | 536 MB
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Great Masters Tchaikovsky His Life and Music Audiobook EBOOK

Great Masters Tchaikovsky His Life and Music

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The life of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893) exhibits as close a link as you will find anywhere between an artist’s inner world and the outward products of that artist’s creative activity.
As a man, Tchaikovsky was defined by and indivisible from his music, which became an outlet for all the shifting moods of his turbulent soul. As Professor Robert Greenberg says, “If Tchaikovsky felt it, it found a way into his music.”
As an artist—and it is worth recalling that he was the first full-time, formally trained, professional composer in Russian history—Tchaikovsky walked a fine and difficult line between his Romantic penchant for expression and the demands of Classical structure.
This delicate balancing act—between heart and head, emotion and reason, release and control, Russian expressive content and German technique—is a key to his music that you find amply illustrated by Professor Greenberg’s musical selections and commentary.

By Professor Robert Greenberg
2002 | 6 hours and 8 mins | ISBN: 1565853784 | MP3 96 kbps | 266 MB
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Great Masters Haydn His Life and Music Audiobook EBOOK

Great Masters Haydn His Life and Music

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The music of Franz Joseph Haydn (1732–1809) is so technically superb, so widely imitated, and so rich in quality and quantity that almost since the moment of its creation it has exemplified the Classical style.
More than any other single composer, it was Haydn who created the Classical-era symphony. And his 68 string quartets? They are the standard by which all other Classical string quartets were and are judged. No less an expert than Mozart wrote that it was from Haydn that he had learned how to write quartets.
And yet this gentle, creative dynamo, who penned more than 1,000 works over a 50-year career and remained musically vital well past middle age, is all too often thought of as an aged figure surpassed and overshadowed by Mozart and Beethoven.

By Professor Robert Greenberg
2002 | 6 hours and 6 mins | ISBN: 1565853768 | MP3 160 kbps (vbr) | 405 MB
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Great Masters: Mahler His Life and Music Audiobook EBOOK

Great Masters: Mahler His Life and Music

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“I am thrice homeless, as a Bohemian in Austria, as an Austrian among Germans, as a Jew throughout the world—everywhere an intruder, never welcomed.”
Thus spoke Gustav Mahler (1860–1911), composer, conductor, symphonist.
More than many other composers, Gustav Mahler’s works are highly personal expressions of his inner world, a world characterized by an overwhelming alienation and loneliness.
Some of this feeling can be attributed to Mahler’s Jewish heritage and his critics’ response to it. Part of his isolation began in childhood, a reaction to a brutal father and the loss of eight siblings, including his beloved brother Ernst.
The tensions created by the mix of Czech, Germanic, and Jewish cultures Mahler was raised in is one of the elements that makes his work so striking and powerful.
Incredibly, Mahler was able to unite the diversity of his world and his often tortured emotional makeup into rich and original music.

By Professor Robert Greenberg
2001 | 6 hours and 4 mins | ISBN: 1565853814 | MP3 192 kbps | 500 MB
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Great Masters: Stravinsky His Life and Music Audiobook EBOOK

Great Masters: Stravinsky His Life and Music

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When it comes to creative longevity, brilliance across a range of styles, and near-universal fame, Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971) is nearly unrivaled among 20th-century artists.
As told by Professor Robert Greenberg, Stravinsky’s career is a dizzying, enthralling progression across the miles and the decades from fin de siècle Czarist Russia to Southern California in the 1960s.
It features styles ranging from nationalism and Impressionism to Fauvism, neoclassicism, and the 12-tone ultra-serialism of Anton Webern and Alban Berg.
Professor Greenberg presents this long-lived master of musical creativity as a one-man compendium of people, places, compositional styles, and techniques, his life and music a virtual artistic history of the West from the 1890s to the late 1960s.

By Professor Robert Greenberg
2002 | 6 hours and 7 mins | ISBN: 1565853792 | MP3 64 kbps | 160 MB
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The Beatles By Hunter Davies, read by Edward Lewis Audiobook

The Beatles By Hunter Davies, read by Edward Lewis

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As the only authorized biographer, Davies had full access to the Fab Four, as well as their help and ecouragement. He spent 18 months with them when they were at the peak of their musical genius and at the pinnacle of their popularity, making a mark on history and popular culture that would never fade.

Unabridged edition 2013 | 16 hours and 14 mins | ISBN: 1441746773 | MP3 64 kbps | 468 MB Continuar leyendo “The Beatles By Hunter Davies, read by Edward Lewis Audiobook”