One croaker that's for the best, IMHO. Sorry if I offend, but hey.
> That devil in a dirty blue turtleneck (Saki's description of him) sure did cause Brian a lot of stress in his last year.
And when he heard on his car radio that Brian had died, he snapped his fingers and shouted, "I GOT 'EM!"
So yeah. Good effing riddance.
Most of the loyal Beatles camp holds the same opinion of the dearly departed as does Tony Bramwell in the above pages from his wonderful book. _____________ p,s. Please don't mistake childhood Beatles friend and Brian assistant Tony Bramwell for Tony Barrow, former Beatles press officer and recent spreader of semi-tawdriness.
Presently preparing another forum post on the Tonies Bramwell and Barrow.
Post by yerblues1968 on Jul 5, 2009 16:37:12 GMT -5
George Harrison on the front of his All Things Must Pass album.
WHAT GEORGE HARRISON THOUGHT OF ALLEN KLEIN
by Paul Cashmere
July 5, 2009
Allen Klein died on the weekend (July 4, 2009). Klein was one of the most notorious music businessmen ever. At one stage he simultaneously managed both The Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
Many knew him, few respected him! He was in it for himself and made a fortune along the way.
In my 1993 interview with George Harrison, a man who had nothing bad to say about anyone, even George had nothing nice to say about Allen.
Here is the part of the Harrison interview talking about how Klein, acting at the time as George's business manager, went behind George's back during the famous My Sweet Lord/He's So Fine plagiarism case, and bought copyright of the original Chiffon's songs so that no matter what happened in the case, it would go his way
Paul Cashmere: How do you feel about My Sweet Lord these days? How did the court case surround that song affect your songwriting?
George Harrison: It didn't really affect my songwriting. I did record This Song which is kind of a comment to the situation.
The thing that really disappointments me is when you have a relationship with one person and they turn out to betray you. Because the story My Sweet Lord is based on this fellow, Allen Klein, who managed the Beatles from about 1968 or '69, through until 1973.
When they issued a complaint about My Sweet Lord, he was my business manager. He was the one who put out My Sweet Lord and collected 20% commission on the record. And he was the one who got the lawyers to defend me, and did an interview in Playboy where he talked about how the song was nothing like the other song.
Later, when the judge in court told me to settle with them, because he didn't think I consciously stolen their song, they were doing a settlement deal with me when they suddenly stopped the settlement.
Some time elapsed, and I found out that this guy Klein had gone around the back door. In the meantime, we'd fired him. He went round the back door and bought the rights to the one song He's So Fine in order to continue a lawsuit against me.
He, one one hand, was defending me, then he switches sides and continued the lawsuit. And every time the judge would say what the result was, he'd appeal. And he kept appealing and appealing until it reached the Supreme Court.
I mean this thing kept went on for 16 years or something . . . 18 years. And finally, it's all over with, and the result of it is I own My Sweet Lord and I now own He's So Fine, and Allen Klein owes me like three or four hundred thousand dollars 'cause he took all the money on both songs.' It's really a joke. It's a total joke.
Paul Cashmere: There's a movie plot in there somewhere.
George Harrison: There's definitely a book, because now with any kind of law pertaining to infringement of copyright, they always quote this case. It's become the precedent all these law students' books.
Paul Cashmere: So we might be seeing George Harrison make a guest appearance in LA Law.
Allen Klein died after a battle with Alzheimer's. He was 77. .
It's funny, a lot more people are talking about Billy Mays than I ever would have imagined, too! He amused me quite a bit. And, you know, he never promoted anything he didn't totally believe in.
I'm surprised hardly anybody said anything about Fred Travalena. He was quite a popular impressionist back in the day. No Robin Williams or Rich Little (but hey, who is?!) ~ Fred was more along the lines of Frank Caliendo.
It is so WEIRD the way everybody's droppin' like flies just in the past month!!!
Makes me wonder who is next.................................... whooooooooooooo
Post by yerblues1968 on Feb 6, 2011 18:09:03 GMT -5
Allen Klein with Yoko Ono and John Lennon in 1977.
LOOK BACK: BEATLES HIRE CONTROVERSIAL NEW MANAGER 42 YEARS AGO
by RTT Staff Writer
2/3/2011 12:05 AM ET
(RTTNews) - Allen Klein was named business manager for the Beatles on February 3, 1969. The decision, made over the objections of Paul McCartney, who preferred his father-in-law for the job, was a key source of conflict in the band's escalating breakup.
The Beatles original manager, Brian Epstein, had died in 1967 and the intervening years had seen the band's affairs thrown into turmoil. Epstein's old management group, called NEMS, was bleeding cash and the Beatles' Apple venture was increasingly troubled.
McCartney had pushed for Lee Eastman, father of Linda McCartney, for the gig, but the other Beatles preferred Klein, who was managing the Rolling Stones. The band would appoint Eastman's firm as their general council, but choosing Klein as manager, along with the tension surrounding the McCartney-spearheaded "Get Back" project, helped push the Beatles into two camps: McCartney and everyone else.
By the end of the year, the Beatles would be all but officially over as a band. The official announcement would come in 1970, with McCartney eventually deciding to sue to dissolve the partnership rather than see Klein's continued involvement.
As for Klein, his relationships with the Beatles, as well as with the Stones, would soon sour. John Lennon would reportedly write the scathing Steel And Glass about the business manager.