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From the paper: bad-ass rock’n'roll manager Allen Klein

An interview with Klein’s biographer Fred Goodman

Smokin': Allen Klein with John Lennon and Yoko Ono

Thu, Aug 20, 2015, 14:08


As we’ve noted again and again, it’s often the lads and lasses behind the scenes who provide rock and pop with its real colour. When it comes to infamous music managers, few can beat Allen Klein in terms of infamy and intrigue. He managed The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, but ended up on the wrong side of history in both cases. Surely, though, there must be more to the man than being known as the guy who broke up the Beatles and robbed the Stones?

Music business writer and author Fred Goodman decided to find out and his book on the manager, Allen Klein: The Man Who Bailed Out the Beatles, Made the Stones, and Transformed Rock & Roll, has just been published. I spoke to Goodman about his thoughts on Klein and you’ll find the interview here. By the way, his previous book The Mansion On the Hill is also high recommended for anyone looking for a primer on the coming together of rock and commerce in the 1960s and 1970s.