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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780452298088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452298088
  • ASIN: 0452298083
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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 “Ticket Masters takes you behind the box office and explains…the real reasons a good seat costs so damn much.” — Alan Light, former Editor-in-Chief, Vibe and Spin

“Fascinating.” — Rolling Stone

About the Author

Dean Budnick is the executive editor of Relix magazine and the founder of Jambands.com. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.
Josh Baron is the editor in chief of Relix magazine and contributes to a variety of media outlets including New York City–based radio station WPUV, where he serves as a music reviewer.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Crewboy on August 28, 2012
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This book is a must read for anybody that is an avid concertgoer that has always wondered why a show sells out in less than 5 minutes and if they get tickets, they're always the worst seats in the building.

This book is written in a very "60 Minutes" type investigation manner about Ticketmaster. It breaks down the origins of computerized ticketing from its very beginnings to where it's at today. The book examines the greed, corruption and blatant arrogance that takes place in the concert industry. From agents, promoters and even the artists themselves, this book leaves no stone unturned.

Definitely worth the read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Professor Wheeler on June 5, 2012
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I've seen 1000 concerts and I'm only exaggerating a little. My first was AC/DC (sixth grade). This book is for everyone who wants to know why all the good seats are gone even if you're first in line, about how much artists are making when they play a big show, and how to fail in business by not recognizing who your customers really are. And Irv Azoff... easy to know but hard to define. A+
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By Megan Kaiser on March 1, 2013
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I had to read this book for a class. While it wasn't the most well written book I've ever read (they tend to jump around a lot with names, CEOs, owners, etc) it was definitely a very informative book. It gave me a lot of insight on the industry, and, as much as I hate to say it, I can no longer give Ticketmaster/Live Nation 100% of the blame after reading it. I still believe they own most of that blame though! Interesting read for those wanting a look into the world of scalpers/secondary ticketing markets, the things being done to prevent said scalpers, and the controversy of secondary ticketing markets/outlets such as StubHub.
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By dave carter on February 1, 2013
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This book does an excellent job of showing the foundation of the ticketing industry as it grew throughout the 20th century. The book also details the mergers, acquisitions, and key players that were eventually gobbled up by Clear Channel, Live Nation, and TicketMaster. Beyond just ticketing, this book really shows you how and why the concert industry has developed in the way that it has. I would recommend this for anyone who is interested in concert promotion, the concert industry, management and venue operations, artist relations, and additional revenue streams in the industry.
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