Guns, Cash and Rock 'n' Roll: The Managers

Guns Cash and Rock n Roll The Managers For decades British bands like The Beatles the Rolling Stones The Who Pink Floyd Led Zeppelin The Clash Wham and even the Spice Girls have dominated the music industry and made countless millio

  • Title: Guns, Cash and Rock 'n' Roll: The Managers
  • Author: Steve Overbury
  • ISBN: 9781845962340
  • Page: 445
  • Format: Paperback
  • For decades, British bands like The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, The Who, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Clash, Wham and even the Spice Girls have dominated the music industry and made countless millions for themselves, their record companies and their managers.For behind each of those bands was a guiding hand, a Svengali, protecting, promoting, persuading and occasionallyFor decades, British bands like The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, The Who, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Clash, Wham and even the Spice Girls have dominated the music industry and made countless millions for themselves, their record companies and their managers.For behind each of those bands was a guiding hand, a Svengali, protecting, promoting, persuading and occasionally punishing on the band s behalf Some of those managers became almost as famous as the bands themselves Brian Epstein was a household name while Malcolm McLaren, Don Arden and Peter Grant became infamous Others like The Clash s Bernie Rhodes and Pink Floyd s Steve O Rourke were happier out of the limelight, but they shared the same strange devotion 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 Of the twelve managers featured, at least five of them were drug enthusiasts, while others liked having guns to hand 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 has given us a masterclass in twenty first century management, one thing remains the same like the bands they ran, the managers were all world class.

    One thought on “Guns, Cash and Rock 'n' Roll: The Managers”

    1. I am obsessed with the role of the rock n' roll manager in late 20th Century pop music, because i feel it's the manager and not the artist themselves that make the big statement about 'their' art. In fact I feel managers are the real artists, and they sort of use a face or name to do their art. "Guns, Cash and Rock N' Roll: The Managers" by Steve Overbury is a very good overall look at the role of the manager, but more important shows the manager as a creative force in rock n' roll music. The fo [...]

    2. A fascinating look at a side of the rock scene that most of us know little about. Most of these guys--Brian Epstein, Kit Lambert, Andrew Loog Oldham etc.--were totally haunted, reckless, self-destructive and rather sad. Yet they played a vital role in the music we love.

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