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The rise of the concert industry; a story about ticketing
    Friday February 17, 2012 3:00pm - 4:00pm @ Club7
    In 2011, long time music journalists Dean Budnick and Josh Baron published the book “Ticket Masters – The rise of the concert industry and how the public got scalped”, a timely account of the multi-billion dollar concert industry. The authors are coming to by:Larm and will guide us through the as-yet-untold story of the live entertainment industry, revealing its origins, development and ongoing strategies of companies such as the now dominant Ticketmaster, Live Nation and StubHub and the efforts of numerous independent competitors.Like no previous book, Ticket Masters sheds light upon the complex relationships between artists, promoters, ticketing agents and the public. Beginning with the previously unreported details behind the rise and demise of the once-dominant Ticketron, Ticket Masters proceeds to share gripping accounts and analysis of Ticketmaster’s eventual market supremacy, SFX and Clear Channel’s promoter rollup, the cutthroat battle for secondary ticket sales and numerous other tales of the industry’s most significant architects. Whether it’s Michael Cohl nabbing the Stones from Bill Graham, Ticketmaster’s defeat of Pearl Jam or the silent efforts of music superstars to mark up their ticket prices for complicit websites, Budnick and Baron examine the pivotal developments that have shaped the industry as we know it. Dean Budnick, the executive editor of Relix magazine, is the founder of Jambands.com, the cocreator of the Jammy Awards, and the director of the documentary film Wetlands Preserved: The Story of an Activist Rock Club. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard’s History of American Civilization program and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. Josh Baron is the editor-in-chief of Relix magazine, a music-based publication where he has been on staff for more than a decade. Baron also contributes to a variety of media outlets including New York City–based radio station WFUV where he serves as a music reviewer.
    Type Seminar (delegates only)

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