Ticket Masters: The Rise Of The Concert Industry And How The Public Got Scalped

June 1, 2011|
Ticket Masters: The Rise Of The Concert Industry And How The Public Got Scalped by Dean Budnick
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In the spring of 1975 a trio of neophyte businessmen backed an old Chrysler onto a sun-baked Arizona driveway and convened in their new office. The garage start-up, dubbed Ticketmaster, would come to achieve such market dominance over the following decades some critics would denounce the company as an unlawful monopoly. Yet its path to the top was far from inevitable and Ticket Masters analyzes the legality and ethics behind the actions of Ticketmaster, including its recent merger with Live Nation.

Ticket Masters, based on first-person interivews with the key players, is a character-driven story that explores the actions and impact of the iconoclasts guiding Clear Channel, Ticketmaster, Live Nation, SFX, MusicToday, and StubHub, while folding in related tales of trustafarians, scalping syndicates, old-school music promoters, and would-be Internet tycoons.

Ticket Masters answers such questions as: Just what is included in a service fee and why does it vary with the price of a ticket? Why am I forced to pay for parking when I'm taking public transportation to the concert? and Who really pockets all of that money?

This guide to the concert industry looks into cubicles, conference rooms, and booking agencies and includes interviews with promoters, musicians, and corporate executives with connections to both Ticketmaster and the bands. Special attention is paid to the touring activities and ticket-selling practices of the Grateful Dead, Pearl Jam, U2, Dave Matthews Band, and the Rolling Stones.

?Dean Budnick is executive editor at Relix magazine, the co-creator of the Jammy Awards, and the founder of Jambands.com. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard's History of American Civilization program, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. Josh Baron is editor-in-chief at Relix magazine and contributes to a variety of media outlets on music a...
Title:Ticket Masters: The Rise Of The Concert Industry And How The Public Got Scalped
Product dimensions:384 pages, 9 X 6 X 1.25 in
Shipping dimensions:384 pages, 9 X 6 X 1.25 in
Published:June 1, 2011
Publisher:ECW Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781550229493

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