Sellout: The Major-Label Feeding Frenzy That Swept Punk, Emo, and Hardcore (1994-2007)


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Dey Street Books
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5.2 X 7.8 X 1.3 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Dan Ozzi is a New York-raised, Los Angeles-based writer. Along with Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace, he co-authored 2016's TRANNY, which was listed in Billboard's "100 Greatest Music Books of All Time." He has contributed to The Guardian, SPIN, Billboard, The Fader, and others. For more than five years, he was a staff writer at VICE's music website, Noisey.


"Engrossing...a rigorously researched look at how labels targeted bands and fought to sign them." -- Jim Ruland, Los Angeles Times

"[Ozzi] looked at the major label debuts of different bands in this genre, tracing a music industry in flux, fans betrayed by their idols, and bands trying to navigate the machine." -- NPR's All Things Considered

"A forensic and uniquely sympathetic dive into one of the most uncouth actions for an artist--selling out, baby." -- Jeff Rosenstock

"Fascinating... When it comes to the topic of punk, or more specifically, the iteration of the genre that existed during the last era of the traditional music industry, Dan Ozzi's Sellout is poised to serve as a definitive text." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"Based on a trove of original interviews and personal stories from band members and other crucial players, Ozzi examines how 11 groups grappled with the tension between punk's core tenets and major label possibilities, and parses what success and failure looked like in this fraught realm." -- Rolling Stone