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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 Beatlesnot to mention Sam Cooke, Pete Townshend, Donovan, the Kinks, and numerous othershe 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 Kleins 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 rolls 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 musics largest legendsput all that together, and youve 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
FRED GOODMAN, a former editor at Rolling Stone, is the author of the books Fortunes Fool,The Secret City, and The Mansion on the Hill, which was a New York Times Notable Book and received the Ralph J. Gleason Award for the best music book of 1997.