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Baby, You're a Rich Man: Suing the Beatles for Fun and Profit

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The Beatles, the most popular, influential, and important band of all time, have been the subject of countless books of biography, photography, analysis, history, and conjecture. But this long and winding road has produced nothing like Baby You’re a Rich Man, the first book devoted to the cascade of legal actions engulfing the band, from the earliest days of the loveable m ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 2015 by ForeEdge
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Harriett Milnes
An interesting niche book about the Beatles: all of their lawsuits are rehashed and explained. You get a feeling that our boys had some real slimeballs working for them at various times, and stealing their money. I think the My Sweet Lord/He's So Fine lawsuit was the worst, according to this book, George stopped listening to the radio, for fear of contaminating his composition process.
Aaron Badgley
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books about The Beatles I have ever read. I learned tons, and all the lawsuits were explained in a way I could understand. Fact based and brilliantly written.
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sold
This seemed like a really interesting idea for a book.

But not this book.

This is all about the ins and outs of the many lawsuits the Beatles faced in their band years, and after, to an extent.

You start with the millions of dollars their manager Brian Epstein left on the table because of naivety, and the attempt to collect it.

The suits when Allen Klein took over the group.

There are the suits that broke up the Beatles.

The suits over the “My Sweet Lord”-“He’s So Fine” controversy.

The suits over the
The Mad Zymurgist
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Notice - This book was given to me free of charge via random drawing on the web site.

_Baby You're a Rich Man: Suing the Beatles for Fun and Profit_ is one of those books that I'm suprised I liked. Knowing the little bit about the law that I do, I fully expected one of two scenerious to play out upon these pages. I was guessing that it would either be written by a typical lawyer (most of whom have their sense of humor surgically removed in law school) and would therfore about as int
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
According to the contents of this book, being a member of the “Fab Four” was often less than fabulous. Rephrasing the title of their hit song, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” to “I Want to Take Your Money” gives the reader an idea of the sorry saga told within these pages. Payola, back room deals, dummy corporations, and the eventual splintering of the mop-top quartet famously known as The Beatles is carefully outlined in this well researched and fully documented work. What may surprise the reader is ...more
Bryan Hall
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book zooms in on aspects of Beatles history that I've only really seen before in single chapters of more comprehensive books, and ably relates the many legal issues surrounding the band and its members. From marketing of early Beatles merchandise, to the creation and dissolution of Apple Corps, to the many devious maneuverings of Allen Klein, to John & Yoko's troubles with the FBI and INS, to song-stealing accusations, this book really has it all. It may sound like it would all be rathe ...more
Elliot Chalom
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
Disclaimer: I received this book for free as a Goodreads giveaway winner.

I learned a few interesting tidbits about the Beatles highly litigation-filled history, but this book was mainly boring and repetitive. The description of the book begins, "Part Beatles history, part legal thriller …" - that is exactly half true. As an historical account, the book is very strong. The author's research is detailed, deep, and complete in every way. But it is not a legal thriller. This is partly due to the st
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Baby You're a Rich Man by Stan Soocher is a very interesting read. This volume ties together the various legal and financial battles which surrounded the Beatles as soon as they began to make money. I would likely have given 4.5 stars if available, my only issue is something that is difficult to completely avoid when writing about these issues, a certain amount of dryness creeps in periodically. That said, Soocher keeps that to a minimum and never loses sight of the artistic aspect of the group. ...more
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have read several books that mention some of the suits brought by and against The Beatles across the years. This book put it all together. The book is very well written and goes into detail many times. I had read the latest biography of Allen Klein and, in my opinion, this book provided as much information about his law suits regarding The Beatles both as a group and individuals as the book dedicated to his life did. There also instances of law suits early in The Beatles' career involving Bria ...more
Apr 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: beatles
Not recommended for readers who have not read piles of books on The Beatles. For those who have, the legal issues will be somewhat familiar, but here there is much more detail. Includes early fights over merchandising, the group's entanglements with one-time manager Allen Klein, Lennon's entanglements with Morris Levy ("the octopus of the music business"), Harrison's plagiarism case, and Lennon's battles with the INS.
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: music-books
I am lucky enough to have studied music law with Professor Soocher, and used this book in the process. It is a substantial work with incredible detail, and balances history and delightful storytelling effortlessly. An absolute must-read for Beatles fans, music history enthusiasts, and anyone interested in music law.
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