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Subtitled The Man Who Bailed Out The Beatles, Made The Stones, and Transformed Rock & Roll, Fred Goodman’s biography of famed but controversial business manager Allen Klein is a somewhat sympathetic portrait of an often vilified music mogul Goodman calls an “unapologetic hustler.”
Klein began his career as an accountant whose clients included Bobby Vinton, Bobby Darin and Sam Cooke and, as his business interests expanded, Allen was asked to assist in audits of music publishers and records labels.
An early advocate of underpaid music artists (the rabbi’s grandson was also a supporter of the United Negro College Fund), Klein launched a successful charm offensive against the equally abrasive and, in Alan’s opinion, equally charming when necessary, infamous music mobster Morris Levy.
Vinton, who became one of Klein’s early management clients, believes that Klein’s misunderstanding with Hullaballoo producers Gary Smith and Dwight Hemion, at the height of Bobby’s popularity, resulted in Vinton’s effectively being “blackballed from television for five years.”
As part of the Yiddish Invasion that preceded the British Invasion, the street-brawling, coarse Klein networked his way to introductions to Beatles’ (and Rolling Stones) publicist Andrew Oldham and Fab Four impresario Brian Epstein.
When, as the group’s business manager, Klein negotiated a better deal for Stones than Epstein could command for the Beatles, Paul McCartney was particularly “frustrated.”
That frustration was matched by Klein’s obsession to manage the Beatles. Even as Paul became an impediment, attaining that goal was Allen’s self-validation. (Summarizing what followed, the admonition “Be careful what you wish for” comes to mind.)
Goodman gives readers a front row seat to the wheeling and dealing that Klein thrived on in a book that belongs in every music historian’s and dedicated music trivia fan’s library.
The Masterpiece Within: Five Key Lifestyles
To Becoming a Living Work of Art is a collaboration between Guy Scholz, (a "three-time
Canadian bestselling author, award-winning journalist and
U.S. National Arena
Curling Champion") and Claudia Church (whose credits include ABC-TV's Nashville series and the 2015 film, Captive, starring David Oylowo and Kate Mara).
The actress and the athlete have chosen;an artistic metaphor, blending it with narratives of personal experience, quotable quotes from famous figures and an exercise workbook, to motivate readers toward self-actualization.
By counteracting "demotivators" with
"remotivators," recognizing "major life barriers" as
excuses, employing filters, action plans and "life bliss
tools," the authors seek to restore balance to the mind,
spirit, body and emotions.
It's a tall order and its success will be measured by the extent to which readers find the workbook challenges useful.
Review copies;(as mine was) of books usually contain "cheat sheets" written by publicists to assist reviewers too lazy to read the books we are sent, The irony of that circumstance is a book in itself, however in this instance the joke is on the book's publicist
who identifies Claudia as being "married to singer/songwriter Randy Crowell."
Claudia's spouse is, of course, Rodney Crowell. Though
the gaffe was confined to publicity materials, there
appears to be at least one error in the book itself: a reference (on
to "The ABC
News show, Lifeline..."
Perhaps a spell checker changed an intended reference to Nightline?
a foreward by Ron
Kovic, Report reader
McCormick dedicates his novella "to the veterans of the
era," who, it is hoped, can prevail as McCormick has been able to do.
McCormick, who left his home in Jackson, Ohio to face the uncertain fortunes of a marine sergeant, persevered after leaving the military for civilian life. Michael completed his education (a B.A. degree in psychology followed by a master's in clinical psychology) and today he and his wife, Gina make their home in Oakland, California.
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