Monday 6 June 2016

Baby You're a Rich Man: Suing the Beatles for Fun and Profit by Stan Soocher

Unsavory mob associate Morris Levy first sued John Lennon for copyright infringement over Come Together, then sued him again for not making a record for him. Phil Spector, hired to record a Lennon solo album, walked off with the master tapes and held them for a kings ransom. And from 1972 to 1975, Lennon was the target of a deportation campaign personally spearheaded by key aides of President Nixon (caught on tape with a drug-addled Elvis Presley) that wound endlessly through the courts. In Baby Youre a Rich Man, Stan Soocher ties the Beatles ongoing legal troubles to some of their most enduring songs. What emerges is a stirring portrait of immense creative talent thriving under the pressures of ill will, harassment, and greed.

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