How Music Got Free by Stephen Witt

I received this as a NetGalley from Penguin Group Viking.

Fully titled: How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy

“What happens when an entire generation commits the same crime?”

The definition of crime in this case is up for debate.

Witt takes you from the invention of the MP3 to YouTube’s inescapable Vevo videos. But he does this through research that lead to stories, a lot of them first hand, from individuals who shaped how the music industry came to where it is today. From a writing standpoint, he’s concise when need be, but knows when to elaborate or give the sentence extra panache. The only thing that bothered me were the sometimes gimmicky cliff hanger chapter ending sentences. But hey, they worked on me.

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