The Wall Street Journal describes the book as “very thorough—and very good.” You can read the full review here.

Rolling Stone’s Andy Greene writes,  “As Dean Budnick and Josh Baron argue in their fascinating new book, Ticket  Masters, greed has long ruled the concert industry. The pair, editors at  jam-band magazine Relix, delve deep into every aspect of the tour biz, from  the rise of computerized ticketing to the consolidation of concert promoters.”

Maclean’s hails Ticket Masters as “a fascinating insider’s portrait of the music business once all of the pulsing lights, fog machines and sound equipment have been turned off.”

Library Journal likes it too.

Pollstar Editor-in-Chief Gary Bongiovanni has this to say about the book. Another Pollstar piece appears here.

Here’s a review from and one from the New York Journal of Books.

You can listen to Josh speak about the book with John Schaefer on WNYC’s Soundcheck.

Here’s Dean on the Gene Valicenti Show.

They both are interviewed by Hal Bienstock in Blurt.

TicketNews ran this piece after they appeared on the keynote panel at the Ticket Summit.

Here’s an article from the Providence Journal.

Hollywood Reporter ran this interview with Dean, which later appeared on

Josh is quoted in Ben Sisario’s New York Times piece on Eventbrite.

Dean appears in this Boston Herald article on Groupon and Live Nation.

Here’s a conversation on ticketing with amNewYork.

This piece first appeared in the Patriot Ledger and then was syndicated nationally via the GateHouse News Service.

Ticket Masters also is mentioned in this Hamilton Spectator essay.

Washingtonian magazine asked Dean and Josh to comment on the new Fillmore music club in Silver Spring, MD.

The Baltimore Sun did as well.

Dean spoke with the Newark Star-Ledger on the issue of promoter rebates at the Izod Center.

He also commented on the secondary market and tickets for the Burning Man festival.

A Rolling Stone article on the String Cheese Incident’s conflict with Ticketmaster noted,  “The nuts and bolts of the lawsuit have since been exposed in detail in the book Ticket Masters.” Rolling Stone reaffirmed this in May.

Josh appeared in this New York Times piece regarding Robert F. X. Sillerman’s push to acquire promoters of electronic dance music.

Dean and Josh offered their take on ticketing in this U.S. News & World Report article on Justin Bieber sell outs.

The Providence Phoenix interviewed Dean, shortly after the publication of the paperback edition.

RWU Magazine explored the origins and lessons of Ticket Masters in “Sold Out: Or Why Is Costs $137 to See Paul McCartney in Fenway Park.”

Josh speaks with The Atlantic about “The Humane Audacity of Louis C.K.’s Ticketmaster-Flouting Tour”

Spinner publishes a ‘Ticket Masters’ Q&A: Greedy Artists, StubHub and How to Fight Back


In other hands, this book could have been dull and academic, but it reads like an adventure story, full of colorful characters, shady transactions, and surprising twists and turns. For everyone who has been dumbstruck by the extra fees added to the price of admission, this book is just the ticket. Highly recommended for eventgoers everywhere. Bill Baars, Library Journal

As sales of recorded music plummet, live shows are supposed to save the music industry. Maybe so. But who will save the fans—beleaguered by scalpers, high ticket prices and insane “service” fees? Budnick and Baron explain how we got to this sorry pass, and what will have to happen before we get through it. Music lovers both, they’re on the side of concert goers, who pay the bills and deserve more for their dollars and devotion. – Anthony DeCurtis, Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone

Reading this book won’t make you any happier about spending four hundred bucks to go to a rock show, but you’ll understand how it happened and who’s to blame. – Bill Flanagan, executive vice president and editorial director of MTV Networks, author Evening’s Empire, A&R

Dean Budnick and Josh Baron brilliantly chronicle the storied history of ticketing, providing a front row seat to the back room drama. A must-read for any music business enthusiast. – Shirley Halperin, Music Editor, The Hollywood Reporter

For anyone who’s ever suffered rock concert sticker shock—and we all have—Dean Budnick and Josh Baron’s Ticket Masters is the best seat in the house to the show behind the show. –Fred Goodman, author Fortune’s Fool and The Mansion on the Hill.

 When community meets commerce, things get complicated. In Ticket Masters, Josh Baron and Dean Budnick take you behind the box office and explain, for the first time, the real reasons a good seat costs so damn much. – Alan Light, former Editor-in-Chief, Vibe and Spin magazines

 If you wonder why you’re paying ten times as much for overblown, cross-promoted spectacles that are one-tenth as satisfying as the rock and roll of your youth, you need to read this book.- Steve Silberman, editor, Wired magazine

 “[A] lively, sprawling chronology of the concert-ticket sales business . . . Classic-rock bands, musicians, managers, concert promoters, radio broadcasters and entertainment attorneys contribute to a spirited forum on how the grinding gears of the evolving (often double-crossing) ticket market has affected their concert tours and business.”- Kirkus Reviews

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