Template:Infobox Book Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music (2009, ISBN 978-1-4165-4727-3) is a book by Chicago Tribune rock critic Greg Kot who is the cohost of the Chicago Public Radio show, Sound Opinions. It covers the changes in the music industry since the mid 1990s as the internet and ipod altered the way fans accessed and consumed music. The book also details the ways that artists have altered their business model in response to these changes to take advantage of digital distribution and person to person file sharing. Kot uses his firsthand access to Radiohead, Trent Reznor and Metallica to illustrate how major recording artists have responded to the declining relevance of the big record companies. In addition, Kot writes how the internet has played a role in building the audience of indie bands like Death Cab for Cutie and Arcade Fire with little or no major label input. It was published on May 19, 2009 by the Scribner imprint of Simon & Schuster. The book has received favorable reviews from The Boston Globe.[1] and The Christian Science Monitor.[2] However, The New York Times.[3] critic, Michiko Kakutani, bemoans the narrow viewpoint of Kot, who champions the position of young music fans who are reluctant to pay for all the music they listen to.


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