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How Music Got Free

Stephen Witt


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PUBLISHED: 7th April 2016
ISBN: 9780099590071
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What links Taylor Swift to a factory worker? Kanye West to a German engineer? Beyonce to a boardroom mogul? They've all changed the face of the music business, in the most unexpected ways. This is the story of how online piracy and the MP3 revolutionised the way our world works, one track at a time.
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  • Paperback
    $25.52
PUBLISHED: 7th April 2016
ISBN: 9780099590071
ANNOTATION:
What links Taylor Swift to a factory worker? Kanye West to a German engineer? Beyonce to a boardroom mogul? They've all changed the face of the music business, in the most unexpected ways. This is the story of how online piracy and the MP3 revolutionised the way our world works, one track at a time.

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What links Taylor Swift to a factory worker? Kanye West to a German engineer? Beyonce to a boardroom mogul? They've all changed the face of the music business, in the most unexpected ways. This is the story of how online piracy and the MP3 revolutionised the way our world works, one track at a time.

Publisher Description

What links Taylor Swift to a factory worker? Kanye West to a German engineer? Beyonce to a boardroom mogul?

They've all changed the face of the music business, in the most unexpected ways.

How Music Got Free is the incredible true story of how online piracy and the MP3 revolutionised the way our world works, one track at a time.

'This brilliant book tells you exactly how the perfect storm that forever changed the way we consume music took shape. Like many great works of investigative journalism it makes it clear that this is one of those stories you think you know. Until you realise you don't' John Niven, The Spectator

'Reads like an underworld crime story... concise and very funny... The most remarkable thing about Witt's book is that virtually none of the names is familiar... Witt finds unlikely heroes in unlikely places' New Statesman

Author Biography

A member of what he calls the 'pirate generation', Stephen Witt has been bootlegging music since the mid-1990s. While amassing an archive of hundreds of thousands of pirated mp3s, he became obsessed with the subject of digital piracy, and eventually changed careers to write this thrilling investigative history.

He was born in New Hampshire in 1979, raised in the Midwest and graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in mathematics. He spent the next six years working for hedge funds in Chicago and New York. Following a spell in East Africa working in economic development, he graduated from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in 2011.

He lives in Brooklyn, New York. How Music Got Free is his first book.

Review

A fantastic book and a scintillating achievement -- Felix Martin, author of Money: the unauthorised biography Brilliant... Like many great works of investigative journalism it makes it clear that this is one of those stories you think you know until you realise you don't -- John Niven The Spectator Like Bond meets 28 Days Later... Witt tells a thrilling tale, with a cast of music biz bigwigs, painstaking German boffins, and pirates and petty thieves. Witt's writing reminded me of all my favourite modern essayists: Remnick, Franzen and John Jeremiah Sullivan. I loved it -- Colin Greenwood, Radiohead Incredible, possibly canonical. . . . A story that's too bizarre to make up, but needed to be told. . . . Even if you're not a music geek, How Music Got Free is one of the most gripping investigative books of the year. Vice Enthralling... A terrific, timely, informative book... Witt is an authoritative, enthusiastic, sure-footed guide, and his research and his storytelling are exemplary... How Music Got Free stands comparison to The Social Network -- Nick Hornby Sunday Times

Review Text

" Enthralling ... A terrific , timely, informative book... Witt is an authoritative , enthusiastic, sure-footed guide, and his research and his storytelling are exemplary... How Music Got Free stands comparison to The Social Network "

Promotional "Headline"

One accidental mastermind, one king-pin, two geniuses, and what happens when an entire generation commits the same crime.

Product Details

Author
Stephen Witt
Year
2016
ISBN-10
0099590077
ISBN-13
9780099590071
Media
Book
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Publication Date
2016-04-07
Pages
320
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Subtitle
The Inventor, the Music Man, and the Thief
Format
Paperback
Short Title
How Music Got Free
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade