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KAPOW! Decade of Reading essay contest
What was your most memorable reading experience of the last ten years?

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Powells.com, we're asking readers worldwide to describe their most memorable reading experience of the past ten years. To get you started, a few well-known writers and Powell's employees have already taken the question for a spin. Here is one of their answers.
Beyond the Charts: MP3 and the Digital Music Revolution

Beyond the Charts: MP3 and the Digital Music Revolution
by Bruce Haring


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Off the Charts: Ruthless Days and Reckless Nights inside the Music Industry

Off the Charts: Ruthless Days and Reckless Nights inside the Music Industry
by Bruce Haring

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Bruce Haring on Labor History

I read an interview with Michael Moore the other day regarding the reasons he made Fahrenheit 9/11.

Moore related how he has been spat upon and vilified for daring to ask tough questions and taking a hard line on certain unpleasant truths in his film. It's "anti-American" to question those in power during a time of war, he's been told. His experience reminded me of one of the best books ever to give the voiceless a voice — Labor's Untold Story by Richard Boyer and Herbert Morais.

So controversial that only the United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers would publish it, the book sets out to give the other side of the history of the U.S. labor movement, the one your high school likely didn't cover.

It's the story of men and women whose desire for basic human dignity was opposed by greedy individuals whose stake in the outcome was preservation of their own wealth and power.

Police setups, virtually enslaved workers, American gulags, compliant media hewing to the corporate line, a national government beholden to special interests — yes, it'll all sound very familiar. And that's the whole point.

What you'll read will shock and astonish anyone whose notion of this country was shaped by the standard text books, which generally give the facts but skip over the truth. It's a struggle that continues today, with only the occupations, locations and the business owners changing.

Like Moore's film, Labor's Untold Story is an advocate for its version of the truth. That disturbs a lot of people. But complacency is a breeding ground for disaster in turbulent times, so you'll excuse the need for even-handedness.

Pick up this book and remember how things were back then and you'll be less inclined to let things return to those bad old days.

Unless, of course, you're willing to look the other way while unspeakable acts are done in your name.

About Bruce Haring
Bruce Haring is the author of four books, including Beyond The Charts: MP3 and the Digital Music Revolution. He is the founder and managing director of the DIY Convention: Do It Yourself in Film, Music & Books, a national event devoted to creating, promoting and distributing independent media.

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