- Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music © 2009
- Scribner (Simon & Schuster, Inc.)
- 262 pages
Ripped is 262 pages of the most compelling music-industry journalism I’ve ever read. I know that’s a big statement, but it’s true. I’ve read my fair share of Rolling Stone and other music ‘zines, and this outclasses them all. Here’s what I liked:
- Kot knows his music. He’s telling the meta-narrative of the music business, but he never hesitates to dive into an analysis of a main player’s album.
- Kot uses quotes well. When you finish a chapter on NIN, for instance, you really fell like you’ve heard from Reznor.
- Each chapter is a self-contained article, tied thematically to the overarching story. You could pick any chapter out of this book and enjoy it alone.
- Kot’s analysis of the music industry explains the Top 40-Style slop we’ve been bombarded with since the turn of the century.
If you’re interested in music, business, or both, you’ll enjoy this insightful book.