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London Babylon: The Beatles and the Stones in the Swinging Sixties
MUSIC BUSINESS IS A CRUEL AND SHALLOW MONEY TRENCH, A LONG PLASTIC HALLWAY
WHERE THIEVES AND PIMPS RUN FREE AND GOOD MEN DIE LIKE DOGS... THERE'S
ALSO A NEGATIVE SIDE"
Steve Overbury's book lifts the lid on the band management business and profiles twelve
of the industry's most prominent characters over a forty year period.
These are men whose outrageous and glamorous lifestyles often overshadowed
those of their artists.
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CASH AND ROCK 'N' ROLL: THE MANAGERS
For many years British bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones,
The Who, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Clash, Wham and even The Spice
Girls dominated the pop world. In music terms, for over 30 years the UK
was boxing well above its weight and those bands made countless millions
of pounds for themselves, their record companies, Great Britain PLC and
also their managers.
For behind each of those bands was a guiding hand, a Svengali, protecting,
promoting, persuading and occasionally punishing on the bands behalf,
and although each of these bands might well have become world beaters
without them, most were glad to have their managers by their side on the
careering gravy train riding shotgun trying to keep the
thing on the rails.
Some of those managers became almost as famous as the bands. Brian Epstein
was a household name while Malcolm McLaren, Don Arden and Peter Grant
became infamous. Others like The Clashs Bernie Rhodes and Pink Floyds
Steve ORourke were happier out of the limelight but they shared
the same strange devotions to their upstart charges.
Guns, Cash and Rock n Roll: The Managers celebrates this
special breed often flawed low achievers but true believers, hard-nosed
wheeler-dealers and schemers who were as at home talking to drug dealers
and the mafia as they were to corporate lawyers. The music business has
a hopeless allure for extreme characters and encourages extreme behaviour.
Of the twelve managers featured, at least five of them were drug enthusiasts
and four of them liked having guns to hand. Five of them have died. Four
of them died young one committed suicide, one may have been murdered.
Two others escaped a premature death by the skin of their teeth.
Although times have changed and Simon Fuller gives us a master class in
21st Century band management one thing remains the same, like the bands
they ran, they were all world class.
Great British Music Business Legends. Click on the pictures to read
The Godfather of Rock... Small Faces, The Move, ELO, Black Sabbath. Once hinted he might drop an opponent
from his office window
The only honest manager in Britain
The Beatles, Billy J. Kramer,
Gerry and the Pacemakers, Cilla Black
The Ace Face... The Rolling Stones, Marianne Faithfull, Vashti
Bunyan. Produced the Stones finest work
The Tortured Genius... The Who. Produced Tommy and Fire by The Crazy
World of Arthur Brown
The Giant of Rock... Jimi Hendrix, Slade. Played bass with the
Animals on House of the Rising Sun
The Gentleman racer... Pink Floyd. Managed Chris Thomas - producer
for Roxy Music, the Pretenders, the Pistols
Marc Bolan, The Yardbirds, Japan, Wham!
Peter the Great, practitioner of 'Full Contact management' ... Led
Zeppelin, Bad Company
The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindler... New York Dolls, The Sex Pistols,
Bow Wow Wow
The Man who Invented Punk... The Clash, Dexy's Midnight Runners, Subway
The Fan Obsessive... Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream Bloody Valentine
Oasis, House of Love
The consummate deal maker... The Spice Girls, Annie Lennox, Will Young,
Gareth Gates, Michael Jackson?