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Reviewed by Tracy Young for Readers' Favorite
Never Sold Out by Doug Marsh with Carlo Brigola begins with a typical story of a young man in a band in the eighties and a spare ticket to a Van Halen concert. Fast forward to the nineties and Carlo, the owner of a CD store and ticket broker (not a scalper), meets Doug, a regular guy, working in computer programming, with a passion for music and sports. Carlo quickly recognizes an opportunity to update his system in exchange for a deal on ticket prices and a true friendship is developed. The following years see Doug working part-time at the store and going to some kick-ass concerts. Carlo and his wife love to set him up with attractive ladies who also love to go to live gigs and it would seem that Doug has a perfect life. The life of a ticket broker is not always a smooth ride and Carlo and Doug have their fair share of scrapes and hairy moments.
This is a great book! The spirit of the nineties and the music scene take the reader back to a golden age of concerts. I personally remember the joy of getting tickets for a gig and the anticipation that builds as the date gets nearer. I have also bought tickets from alternative sources, or touts as we called them in the UK. Pre-technology getting tickets for gigs was a real art and what I loved about Carlo and Doug was the way they cared about their customers and ensured they had the best experience possible. This is the story of a real bromance and a genuine love of music. I loved the fact that the story didn’t end even when they went their separate ways, and we learn how their families are continuing the tradition of attending live gigs. Whatever your age, you should follow the advice in the prologue and visit a record store if possible. There’s a reason vinyl is becoming popular again and this book, Never Sold Out by Doug Marsh, is a testament to why!