Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Baby You're a Rich Man - a Book Review

I recently read the book Baby You're a Rich Man (Suing the Beatles for Fun & Profit) by Stan Soocher.   I have been trying to learn more about the lawyers for The Beatles and since I thought the title of this book was funny, I would read it.

Honestly, Baby You're a Rich Man wasn't the best book on the subject of Beatles' lawsuits.   As I looked through the citations, I see that most of the resources the author quoted from came from books I already own.   There were very few new resources and very little new information.    The book was well written and accurate, but the material can be found in other books.

It tells the stories of what you'd expect from a book about suing the Beatles:  Allen Klein, Paul McCartney, George's lawsuit about My Sweet Lord, John's immigration issues, Morse Levy, etc etc etc.    I found it interesting that this book places John signing the papers to end the Beatles in an apartment in NYC and not at Disney World, although they do state that May Pang says it was Disney World (and she took the photos) and John said once it was in an apartment and another time said it was at Disney World.

If you are wanting to read a general overview about the Beatles and legal issues they faced over the years and this is a topic you have never read about before, this is a great place to start.  However, if you have already read Apple to the Core and You never give me your money, then don't bother with this one.

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