DAN OZZI is a writer the New York Times called the last real rock critic alive. He is the coauthor of TRANNY: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout, which was included on Billboard's The 100 Greatest Music Books of All Time. He lives in Los Angeles with his unmanageable record collection.
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 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 A compelling and sometimes hair-raising account of what it meant to throw in your future with a large corporation in hopes of translating that effort into units sold--and the promise of a career in rock. --Alex McLevy, The A.V. Club 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 Sellout presents a fluid timeline of events that follows punk on its conflicting journey through the mainstream. --Vice SELLOUT...tells a fascinating history of an era of punk that can't be talked about without diving into the impact of major labels. Whether you saw Green Day at Gilman or just casually hummed along to What's My Age Again? on the radio, there's something in this book that will grab you. --BrooklynVegan Lucid, engaging, and largely objective... Ozzi's true strength as a writer and storyteller comes through is in the meticulous construction of chapters, and how these seemingly personal stories gradually lock together to form the backbone of the book's larger subcultural chronology. --Owen Morawitz, New Noise Magazine A forensic and uniquely sympathetic dive into one of the most uncouth actions for an artist--selling out, baby. --Jeff Rosenstock Ozzi's crisp prose and vibrant storytelling colorfully capture a flamboyant chapter in music history. This accomplishes what the best music books do: drive readers back to listening. --Publishers Weekly A fascinating and entertaining look at punk bands signing to major labels to expand their audience and their careers. Sellout offers crucial insight into the way punk rock and big business have attempted to work together in the thirty years following Nirvana's Nevermind. --Craig Finn, The Hold Steady Sellout perfectly encapsulates the musician's delicate dance between art and commerce. --Jonah Ray, Mystery Science Theater 3000 In Sellout, Dan Ozzi tackles the history of each band and what happened in their careers leading up to the ultimate decision with precision and care, and delivers it without an ounce of judgment. For a punk... that's pretty remarkable! --Jeremy Bolm, Touche Amore