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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?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....

Title : Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry and How the Public Got Scalped
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ISBN : 9781550229493
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 374 Pages
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Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry and How the Public Got Scalped Reviews

  • Dan Dion
    2019-03-04 01:06

    Although it can be difficult to follow all the names thrown around, this is the best explanation I have ever read about how the concert industry, one that I have worked in, functions... or rather...disfunctions.

  • John
    2019-02-27 06:10

    Wow, this is quite a story. I credit Budnick with (arguably) doing in depth research and laying out all the intricacies in the ticketing business. Frankly, there were far too many people, too many entities with sections and subsections, too many sales and acquisitions, and too much minutiae to really get a grasp on who the hell did what over the years since Bill Graham and similar were in charge. I also have a hard time getting over the fact that I, personally, know that multiple bits of information presented are erroneous, Eddie Vedder is not from San Diego and he's never been associated with the town, Phish did not play at the Rosemont Theater in 2005, U2 was part of the Amnesty International tours, and I can't recall the others. These discrepancies leave me with serious doubts about what other details are not vetted here. I appreciate the fact that Budnick tried to explain this ultra-complicated industry and I do feel better informed about the sad and prohibitively expensive concert world now.

  • Stacy
    2019-03-02 04:21

    A bit dry at first, but fascinating subject to me as an avid concert attendee. Can't wait to see the update about Taylor Swift and others gouging fans for premium spots for her shows via Ticketmaster

  • Louis
    2019-03-19 22:22

    How many of us have attempted to buy concert tickets only to discover all the tickets have be sold out, seemingly at the moment they become available, or have had to pay the mysterious service fees?Dean Budnick and Josh Baron’s Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry and How the Public Got Scalped investigates the evolution of music industry and how tickets are sold. Although computerization and fees originated in the 1960’s, this innovation did not initially have the impact one might expect because the number of tickets available for purchase via computers was relatively small and the technology was not always reliable. The much-reviled Ticketmaster came up with an improved business model that included improvements such as: making every ticket available for purchase through the system, increasing service fees, and sharing a portion of the service fees with intermediaries. This model evolved into a monopoly and although a few artists such as Pearl Jam, the Grateful Dead, and the String Cheese Incident fought it, Ticketmaster remains the dominant model for ticket sales today. Ticket Masters is a well-researched and readable book that goes a long way to explaining Ticketmaster’s rise and is a good read for anyone who is interested in how the music industry has evolved or even simply wants to know how ticket prices have gotten so absurd and concerts seem to sell out almost instantly.

  • Matthew
    2019-03-04 22:22

    I've had this book tucked away for quite awhile, as I work in the industry and find it fascinating - especially the misinformation that is out there about things like how many concert tickets are made available to the general public, the deals ticketing agencies have made with artists and venues, and the rise of the secondary ticketing market (where I work). Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry and How the Public Got Scalped has a pretty leading title, and it delivers against that - the public is the big loser here, and author Dean Budnick does a good job at pointing out the way the industry works, explaining away some things folks think they know about, and in many cases keeps it light and informative.For instance, most folks know - or think they know - about the Pearl Jam and Ticketmaster battle from back in the early 1990's. But, did you know that the band (who I love) who said they were only interested in making sure the fans could have a $20 ticket refused to take any less than $17 a ticket themselves? I sure didn't. And I also didn't know about later issues TM has had with folks like The String Cheese Incident, etc., with different results. Ticket Masters is often dry - it took me maybe seven months to read, and I read about five or six other books along the way - but it does open up ones eyes to a guarded and often closed industry. Definitely recommended to anyone IN the industry, as well as for those looking in from the outside. It's not always riveting, but definitely a solid account of what's going on.

  • Chris Lund
    2019-02-24 23:25

    Good overview of not just the history of ticketing systems, but also of the concert industry as a whole. Certainly shines a light on where all your money is going when you buy a concert ticket (whether it be on the primary or secondary market), and how pretty much everybody on the chain is getting a piece of the action. Would have given it a higher rating, but the writing style makes it pretty tough to read at points. Lots of run-on sentences, temporal jumps and the occasional typo. There's also an ever-changing revolving door of characters, but fortunately the authors have added a standalone glossary of names in the back of the book to help the reader keep track of who each person is (which I referenced more than once or twice). Overall, a worthwhile read for anybody interested in the way the concert industry works, but only if your desire to learn about the industry trumps your desire for a smooth reading experience.

  • Sean Mcfarland
    2019-03-04 02:10

    Interesting. Really gets into all parts of the history of ticketing. It goes off onto many tangents about the artists and their management. Also, fascinating how a percentage of tickets are never sold on the primary market (i.e. Ticketmaster) and now are directly sold to secondary ticket agencies (i.e. Stub Hub) where the profits are split with the artists or promoters and the ticketing agency. I guess this explain why for a Monster truck show we are going to we paid $83 in service charges, facility fees, and printing fee (for a print at home) for 6 tickets. Makes you wonder where all of those Adele tickets went after selling out the entire summer tour in a few minutes.

  • Steve
    2019-02-24 00:07

    This was kind of a slow read for me with lots of details about the people and developments of the ticket industry.But as an avid concert goer since the early and mid-70's it was really interesting to learn how ticketing really works and why shows are so expensive.We learn how some of the artists that we think "are on our side" get tickets and immediately sell them to the secondary market, essentially scalpers. We learn how hard bands like the Grateful Dead worked to serve their fans in an honest manner and how several other groups used the Dead as a model for their own organizations.

  • D
    2019-02-25 22:21

    I finally finished this book! I've had to pick it up and put it down so many times that I finally bought myself a physical copy and made my way through it (for real, I first borrowed this book from the library in 2012 when it came out). I'm not sure the book answered all of my questions about the ticket industry, and it definitely left me with more questions like "well, what are we going to do about it?" but that wasn't what the book set out to do. It was a great, comprehensive history on the ticket industry, and even though at times my eyes washed over the jargon, I enjoyed reading it.

  • Allison
    2019-03-22 03:16

    Long story short: Tickets are expensive and there's little we can do about it. I wanted more details about the music industry and less about the people developing the ticketing software. The cast of characters became confusing and overwhelming. I do feel more aware of how the industry finds ways to make the most from the audience, but there doesn't seem to be much we can do about it. The best tip: When you buy a ticket you are agreeing the show is worth that price.

  • Nicola
    2019-03-25 03:01

    I must admit I'm not sure I understood all I read. This is a well-researched, comprehensive book and Budnick certainly took pains to trace the relationships between the players, no matter how removed they were. If you have no sense of business and finance, this book might lose you, as it did me in many places. Still, I feel intrigued at this look into the inner workings of an industry you think you know, but really, who does?

  • Alfred Keep
    2019-03-02 04:01

    I enjoyed the history of the whole music making business. The cover is exactly correct. The consumer got screwed. It boggles my mind how Ticketmaster can charge a $12.00 service fee on a ticket. When you are buying the ticket at the box office. I.e. The Saddledome here in Calgary Alberta. There is no way of cutting out the middleman which is Ticketmaster. Overall the book was great.

  • Dan Thomas
    2019-03-23 06:10

    If anyone has ever wondered about the history of the concert ticketing industry, read this. Rather than told as a dry history, it reads as a compelling drama in which characters are introduced throughout. Equal parts fascinating, frustrating, compelling and maddening, you will never look at TicketMaster the same way. If you hated them before, well, this will increase your anger 10 fold.

  • Jeremy Anderson
    2019-03-08 23:24

    Great look at the history of ticketing and why we are where we are today. The history is pretty in depth, the more recent happening are a bit light in the description. There could be more on organized scalping, and artist self scalping. I never wanted to stop reading, and the backstabbing and intrigue is good.

  • Nina
    2019-03-01 02:18

    I'm actually a few chapters short of finishing this book. I sort of got lost because I was not using the (super-helpful) index of names mentioned in the back of the book. I kept forgetting who people were, and i just gave up. The book is actually very in depth and interesting if you're in the field. I will go back and re-read one day. It was a must-own for me!

  • Lawrence
    2019-03-04 01:01

    i highly recommend this book to anyone working in the modern music industry. some minor quibbles (could have benefited from slightly tighter editing and some minor factual errors) but overall an excellent read

  • Robert Kolcon
    2019-02-26 05:20

    A concise history of of the concert industry which started with local and regional promoters and became the behemoth we know today that is dominated by Ticketmaster/Live Nation. If you've ever wondered how we got from there to here, this is the book for you.

  • Dawn
    2019-03-13 01:16

    Fantastic overview of the concert and ticket industries and the effects on legislation, high ticket prices, and fans. Anyone interested in the history of rock or tied to the events/ticketing industry would find this a compelling read. Relaxing style is a plus.

  • Kristian
    2019-03-13 04:09

    A lot of great information for sure. This book really breaks down the history of the concert industry and ticketing (primarily from a Rock perspective). Kind of dry throughout. Took me quite awhile to read, so I'd recommend taking breaks from the lengthy details in this book to read others.

  • Chris
    2019-03-03 05:24

    Surprisingly interesting.

  • Damo
    2019-03-20 02:17

    unless you want to know every piece of paper signed to make these companies, don't bother.

  • Dave Moyer
    2019-03-06 23:26

    Solid description of the evolution of ticketing and the concert industry, which is both interesting and appalling at the same time.

  • Rob Goretsky
    2019-03-10 06:26

    Very thorough and incredibly well researched, but so detailed that it got dull at points...

  • Dan
    2019-03-22 23:11

    Thorough history of the ticketing industry and a broad view of how the music industry works. Great anecdotes and, despite the subtitle, a fairly bipartisan approach.