Northern Songs - The True Story of the Beatles' Song Publishing
This fascinating book will appeal both to Beatles' fans and to anyone interested in the music publishing industry! Culled from interviews with George Martin, Yoko Ono, record company executives, lawyers (including Michael Jackson's, ) songwriters, and music publishers, Brian Southall & Rupert Perry (formerly of EMI) paint a picture of an almost criminal hijacking of what may be the most valuable song catalog in the world. Among the subjects tackled in Northern Songs:
How the Beatles' songs originally ended up in the hands of music publisher Dick James.
Why the Beatles themselves failed to regain control of their own songs.
How Michael Jackson's notorious purchase of the Beatles' catalog (following Paul McCartney's unwittingly accurate advice) caused a rift between the two.
How the original Beatles Complete songbook (published by Music Sales UK in 1969) revolutionized the industry.
Why the Beatles' naivete about music publishing hurt them so badly.
How Paul McCartney went from a publishing novice to an acquirer of copyrights of his favorite songs from the "Hamburg" years.
Why the rights to "Penny Lane" became separated from other Beatles songs of that era.
How Beatles songs, so long withheld, suddenly began to be licensed for commercials (such as the infamous Nike 'Revolution' ad;)
Why McCartney just owns two Beatles songs.
A great read, and a wonderful look at music publishing over the last forty years as well! ©2007, PAPERBACK, 236 pages.