Steve Knopper, a contributing editor for Rolling Stone, is the author of a biography of Michael Jackson, due in October 2015 from Scribner/Simon & Schuster.
His previous book, Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age (Free Press/Simon & Schuster), is the definitive account of the modern music business, from the adoption of the CD in the early 1980s through the Napster-induced crash and the iPod/iTunes revolution of the early 2000s. The Village Voice called the book "fantastic," and The Boston Globe declared it "an enthralling read, equal parts anger and regret," adding: "Knopper's writing is sharp, his approach sharper."
Steve has profiled pop star and songwriter Sia Furler for the New York Times Magazine; spent four years researching the story of forgotten 1950s New Orleans boxer and civil-rights hero Joe Dorsey; covered the tragic Indiana State Fair stage collapse for Rolling Stone; tried to kill his cheapo PC with viruses for Wired; bought and sold concert tickets as if day-trading stocks; explored reggae history in Jamaica; traveled to Sophiatown, the bohemian South African town razed by apartheid in the 1950s; and documented astronauts' musical tastes in space. He has also written for GQ, Fortune, Men's Journal, the Wall Street Journal and National Geographic Traveler.
Steve was the subject of a 45-minute interview with NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross and has been a guest on NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly and appeared on the NBC Nightly News. He has lectured to several corporations and college classes, including New York University, Case Western Reserve University, the University of Colorado and Syracuse University, among others, and appeared on panels at music-business conferences South by Southwest, The Great Escape and Eurosonic Nooderslag.