DENVER - Baby You're a Rich Man: Suing the Beatles for Fun & Profit (ForeEdge/University Press of New England) author Stan Soocher is embarking on a new round of speaking engagements and book signings for the new year.
Soocher's appearances will include everything from book stores and libraries to music conferences, law schools and Bar Association speaking engagements.
Baby You're a Rich Man is a must-read for Beatles fans and legal eagles alike, offering a fascinating, inside look at key court battles that shaped the Beatles' music, their personal lives and business ventures.
Stan Soocher, an entertainment attorney, long-time Editor-in-Chief of Entertainment Law & Finance and Associate Professor of Music and Entertainment Industry Studies at the University of Colorado's Denver Campus, worked tirelessly to uncover rare documents and conduct brand new interviews for this fresh look at one of music's most influential acts.
Soocher previously authored the book They Fought the Law: Rock Music Goes to Court.
The author's appearances include:
2/17/16 Wed. Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA: Speaking engagement - Baby You're a Rich Man: Suing the Beatles for Fun & Profit, 12 noon
3/5/16 Sat. Colorado Music Business Organization, Denver, CO: Speaking engagement - Baby You're a Rich Man: Suing the Beatles for Fun & Profit
3/19/16 Sat. SXSW Music Conference, Austin, TX: Baby You're a Rich Man Presentation and Book Signing
3/24/16 Thurs. Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI: Baby You're a Rich Man Book Signing, 7 p.m.
4/14/16 Thurs. Denver Southeast Rotary Club, Denver, CO: Speaking engagement - Baby You're a Rich Man: Suing the Beatles for Fun & Profit
4/20/16 Wed. Denver Public Library Ross-Cherry Creek Denver, CO: Speaking engagement - Baby You're a Rich Man: Suing the Beatles for Fun & Profit, 6 p.m.
5/5/16 Thurs. New York State Bar Association, New York City: Speaking Engagement - Entertainment Law Year in Review
DENVER - The new book Baby You're a Rich Man: Suing the Beatles for Fun & Profit (ForeEdge/University Press of New England) by music business professor and award-winning attorney and journalist Stan Soocher contains many unusual insights into the Fab Four's musical, personal and legal histories.
Soocher was recently interviewed on Colorado Public Radio, where noted of his book's title: "To me, it sounds like a cook book ... because some of [the Beatles'] books were indeed 'cooked.' There's no doubt about that in terms of their accounting and all the people around the Beatles who siphoned off tens of millions of dollars through the years."
In the radio interview, Soocher talked about the attempt by Beatles' former manager Allen Klein to seize ownership of George Harrison's songs - including "Something," "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and "My Sweet Lord" - for a relative pittance.
Fearing financial mismanagement, Harrison, John Lennon and Ringo Starr had fired Klein in March 1973 from continuing to manage their post-Beatles careers. But Klein's ABKCO music company was a conduit for George's revenues. Soocher explained that, in 1974, Klein sued George claiming that ABKCO had been caught in the middle of a $22,000 tax dispute between George on the one hand, and the IRS and New York City on the other.
Soocher said Klein's position was: "'I'm in the firing line and I want out of this. I'm willing to pay these $22,000 in taxes, but in return I want ownership of all of George's songs from 1968 forward.'" Klein didn't end up owning the songs, however, because George came to his senses and settled with the tax authorities.
Check out Stan Soocher's interview on Colorado Public radio here.
Stan Soocher will be speaking further about Baby You're a Rich Man during the following tour dates.
DENVER - Stan Soocher, author of the fascinating new book,Baby You're a Rich Man: Suing the Beatles for Fun & Profit(ForeEdge/University Press of New England), has announced several speaking engagements and book signings this fall and winter.
Soocher will begin his promotional schedule in his local Loveland,
Col., Barnes & Noble store before heading east to visit the New York City and Philadelphia areas, followed by a couple trips down south in the early winter.
--Loveland, Colorado: Author appearance - Barnes & Noble, Saturday, September 19, 1 p.m.
--Washington, D.C.: Speaking engagement - Speaking on the Litigation Update panel at the American Bar Association's Annual Entertainment and Sports Law Conference, Saturday, October 10, 11 a.m.
--NW Philadelphia: Author appearance - Big Blue Marble Bookstore, Sunday, October 11, 2 p.m.
--Maplewood, N.J.: Author appearance - Words Bookstore, Tuesday, October 13, 7:30 p.m.
--Deptford, N.J.: Author appearance - Barnes & Noble, Wed, October 14, 6 p.m.
--New York City: Speaking engagement - Fordham University School of Law, Beatles book speech, Monday, October 19
--Austin: Speaking engagement - Solo "Annual Roundup of Entertainment Law Rulings" speech (14th consecutive year) at Texas Bar Association Annual Entertainment Law Conference, Thurs., Nov. 5, 11:15 p.m.
--Nashville: Speaking engagement - Solo "Entertainment Law Year in Review" speech to the Nashville Bar Association (22nd consecutive year), Friday, December 4
DENVER - The Beatles have been the subject of countless books - but none like attorney/award-winning journalist Stan Soocher's new book, Baby You're a Rich Man: Suing the Beatles for Fun & Profit (ForeEdge/University Press of New England).
Part Beatles history, part legal thriller, Baby You're a Rich Man delivers a fascinating, inside look at key court battles that shaped the Beatles' music, their personal lives and business ventures. "My goal was to place readers right in the center of the action," Soocher said, "from backroom negotiations to detectives chasing the Beatles through concert halls and hotels with lawsuit summonses, to eye-opening courtroom scenes that revealed the band members' inner thoughts about who they were and what their music meant to them."
Through extensive research into rare court documents and from fresh interviews, Soocher has uncovered significant new information about the most popular group in music history. The book takes a look at everything from early legal problems over Beatlemania merchandise to relationships with the band's first fully dedicated manager, Brian Epstein, and notorious last manager Allen Klein, Paul McCartney's lawsuit to break up the Beatles, John Lennon's immigration fight to become a U.S. citizen, and song copyright-infringement suits filed against Lennon over "Come Together" and George Harrison over "My Sweet Lord."
Baby You're a Rich Man begins in the era when Epstein opened the Pandora's box of rock 'n' roll merchandising, making a hash of the band's licensing and inviting multiple lawsuits in the United States and the United Kingdom. The band's long breakup period, from 1969 to 1971, provides a backdrop to the Machiavellian grasping of new manager Klein, who unleashed a blizzard of suits and legal motions to take control of the band, their music and Apple Records. 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 king's ransom. And from 1972 to 1975, Lennon was the target of a deportation campaign personally spearheaded by key aides of President Nixon (prodded on by a drug-addled Elvis Presley) that wound endlessly through the courts.
In all, what emerges from Baby You're a Rich Man is a stirring portrait of immense creative talent thriving under the pressures of ill will, harassment and greed.
Baby You're a Rich Man hits stores in September 2015.
Stan Soocher is an entertainment attorney and the long-time Editor-in-Chief of the publication Entertainment Law & Finance. He is also Associate Professor of Music and Entertainment Industry Studies at the University of Colorado's Denver Campus. In addition, Soocher has won national journalism awards for his music law articles in Rolling Stone and The National Law Journal, and is the recipient of the "Texas Star Award" from the State Bar of Texas. He previously authored the book They Fought the Law: Rock Music Goes to Court. His website is www.stansoocher.com.
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