A fascinating story of the people behind some of the biggest hits of the last few decades. Very well written and an interesting read, Seabrook looks at the way music has become homogeneous over the last few decades as "hit factories" crank out similar-sounding formulaic music. He traces the rise of the Scandinavian teams (some of whom as still going strong) and how the music tastes of the last two decades have changed.
Along the journey, Seabrook looks at the management teams and record companies, the technology changes brought about by iTunes and streaming, as well as some interesting stories of A&R discoveries. I learned quite a bit about some of today's megastars and their road to fame, as well as how they interact with their agents and music machines.
Very well researched, this should be a must-read for anyone interested in the current music scene and why it ended up the way it is. It also pulls back the curtains to show who is manipulating whom, and explores the lack of diversity in today's hits. Very well done!