I finished reading the Life and Death of Classical Music tonight.
Definitely an interesting book for anyone interested in classical music or even the recorded music industry in general.
Perhaps the most fascinating story in these pages is the rise of Naxos. When other classical music labels were negotiating with star conductors and musicians to release the same Mozart and Beethoven pieces, Naxos used lesser known, obscure talent and created a budget catalog that partially relied on impulse buys. They even embraced digital distribution before most people knew what Napster (the first version) was. As a result they’re the leading Classical Music label today.
Good book for those interested in understanding more about the business side of music business.