Allen Klein

Allen Klein

The Man Who Bailed Out the Beatles, Made the Stones, and Transformed Rock & Roll

Book - 2015
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"Fred Goodman makes this world come alive, and any fan of rock or insider tales of the music industry will be in heaven reading about this fascinating, troubling character." -- Judd Apatow, Omnivoracious

"Writing about contracts, percentages, and deals can be tedious, but Goodman makes it as exciting as reading about an artist's sex life. The book explodes with inside dope." -- New York Daily News

Allen Klein was like no one the music industry had seen before. Though he became infamous for allegedly causing the Beatles' breakup and robbing the Rolling Stones, the truth is both more complex and more fascinating. As the manager of the Stones and then the Beatles--not to mention Sam Cooke, Pete Townshend, Donovan, the Kinks, and numerous others--he taught young soon-to-be legends how to be businessmen as well as rock stars. While Klein made millions for his clients, he was as merciless with them as he was with anyone, earning himself an outsize reputation for villainy that has gone unchallenged until now. Through unique, unprecedented access to Klein's archives, veteran music journalist Fred Goodman tells the full story of how the Beatles broke up, how the Stones achieved the greatest commercial success in rock history, and how the music business became what it is today.

"Fred Goodman is a superb writer . . . and his account here of one of rock 'n' roll's most polarizing figures could not be more readable. The even-handed tone, the supposition that readers are moderately intelligent and sophisticated, and the rather astounding involvement Allen Klein had with pop music's largest legends--put all that together, and you've got one highly engrossing read." --Yahoo! Music

"Succeed[s] both as a compelling work of rock 'n' roll history and as a cautionary business primer." -- Wall Street Journal
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015
ISBN: 9780547896892
Characteristics: xv, 302 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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much previously unavailable insider info, for example: concerning the CONCERT FOR BANGLADESH, both Crosby, Stills and Nash, and the Rolling Stones, called George Harrison up, and volunteered to appear. George said no, to both. Paul was asked to appear, but he "demurred". John was asked, Yoko wasn't, so, though John at first agreed to appear on stage with 'George Harrison and Friends,' he couldn't follow through on that, for obvious reasons. Yoko went furious, and even asked Klein to ask John to ask George to let her appear. Allen wouldn't, neither would John. So, John wasn't there; he flew to Paris, expecting her to follow. But she did not. So, he flew back to her in NYC. The concert went on, and was a huge success. It was the first rock and roll charity concert, trailblazing the way for many to come. Yoko didn't like Allen Klein much, after that. Klein said he learned who needed who most in that relationship( JOKO), from the experience. It is stated several times that Klein revered Lennon. I found it hard to believe. That he preferred managing the Beatles to the Stones, I did not find hard to believe. Klein began by managing Sam Cooke. Circumstances surrounding Cooke's untimely demise didn't make it into this book. It is said that Klein advised Cooke's widow not to sell the songwriter's catalog to him, before she did it. On and on it goes. I felt very dirty after finishing it . Beware of ABCKO, indeed.

Jan 03, 2016

Wow - a great trainwreck story and not a line of cocaine in sight! You hear about Klein when you read the beatle books but this guy has a story to tell. Savior or con-artist? You have to be a bit of both maybe.


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