The Music Industry is full of promisers with promises that can’t be fulfilled. This is not an old guy’s problem nor something that only affected musicians from a long time ago. This is still an ongoing problem and those who do not learn about the history of music are doomed to fall into the same trap.
Imagine this: A local little band from a small town plays covers for a living. Then several people, including Roy Orbison, encourage them to start writing their own songs which turn out to be pretty darn good. The band starts picking up a following, decides to get themselves a manager, an agent, and to seek out a record deal. No problem, right? Wrong!!!
What: Mr. Soocher will speak about the legal pitfalls of the Music Business
When: Saturday, March 5th
Where: The Taos Room, Ramada Inn, East Colfax and Marion
Time: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
All ages, too.
You can park in the hotel’s parking lot for free but be sure to get a pass from COMBO or you’ll be in trouble! You can also park on the street but metered parking is NOT FREE on Saturdays.
Stan Soocher’s “Baby You’re a Rich Man” Uncovers New Scoops About the Beatles’ Music, Personal and Business Disputes
The Beatles have been the subject of countless books – but none like attorney/award-winning journalist Stan Soocher’s new book, Baby You’re a Rich Man: Suing the Beatles for Fun & Profit (ForeEdge/University Press of New England).
Part Beatles history, part legal thriller, Baby You’re a Rich Man delivers a fascinating, inside look at key court battles that shaped the Beatles’ music, their personal lives and business ventures. “My goal was to place readers right in the center of the action,” Soocher said, “from backroom negotiations to detectives chasing the Beatles through concert halls and hotels with lawsuit summonses, to eye-opening courtroom scenes that revealed the band members’ inner thoughts about who they were and what their music meant to them.”
Through extensive research into rare court documents and from fresh interviews, Soocher has uncovered significant new information about the most popular group in music history. The book takes a look at everything from early legal problems over Beatlemania merchandise to relationships with the band’s first fully dedicated manager, Brian Epstein, and notorious last manager Allen Klein, Paul McCartney’s lawsuit to break up the Beatles, John Lennon’s immigration fight to become a U.S. citizen, and song copyright-infringement suits filed against Lennon over “Come Together” and George Harrison over “My Sweet Lord.”
Baby You’re a Rich Man begins in the era when Epstein opened the Pandora’s box of rock ‘n’ roll merchandising, making a hash of the band’s licensing and inviting multiple lawsuits in the United States and the United Kingdom. The band’s long breakup period, from 1969 to 1971, provides a backdrop to the Machiavellian grasping of new manager Klein, who unleashed a blizzard of suits and legal motions to take control of the band, their music and Apple Records. Unsavory mob associate Morris Levy first sued John Lennon for copyright infringement over “Come Together,” then sued him again for not making a record for him. Phil Spector, hired to record a Lennon solo album, walked off with the master tapes and held them for a king’s ransom. And from 1972 to 1975, Lennon was the target of a deportation campaign personally spearheaded by key aides of President Nixon (prodded on by a drug-addled Elvis Presley) that wound endlessly through the courts.
In all, what emerges from Baby You’re a Rich Man is a stirring portrait of immense creative talent thriving under the pressures of ill will, harassment and greed.
Stan Soocher is an entertainment attorney and the long-time Editor-in-Chief of the publication Entertainment Law & Finance. He is also Associate Professor of Music and Entertainment Industry Studies at the University of Colorado’s Denver Campus. In addition, Soocher has won national journalism awards for his music law articles in Rolling Stone and The National Law Journal, and is the recipient of the “Texas Star Award” from the State Bar of Texas. He previously authored the book They Fought the Law: Rock Music Goes to Court. His website is www.stansoocher.com.
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DENVER OPEN MEDIA’S MUSIC SESSIONS PRESENTS THE FIRST FRIDAY – MARCH 3rd
On the first Friday of each month, DOM hosts a community event with local performance groups, musical acts and nonprofit partners. These events are broadcast live on Comcast Channel 57 in Denver as well as streamed on DOM’s website. Events are cablecast and streamed live in Denver Open Media’s Studio A.
Join DOM for this month’s Open Music Sessions on Friday, March 4, featuring a live musical performance by Space in Time.
Started in 2007, Space in Time is a hard rocking Denver band featuring Suzanne on vocals, Javram on guitar, Charlie on bass and Vaughn on keyboards. The band has just finished a new EP.
Comedian Greg Hutt will also perform, and there will be a spotlight on nonprofit organization OpenWorld Learning.
Join us for this FREE event, complete with food and drinks!
When: Friday, March 4th
Where: Denver Open Media, 700 Kalamath Street, Denver, CO
Time: Doors open at 7 p.m. | Live Show 8 – 9 p.m.
Food by Illegal Pete’s
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ADRIENNE O ANNOUNCES THEIR FIRST CONCERT IN 9 MONTHS
COMBO member Adrienne and the Adrienne O Band will hold a party to celebrate the release of their EP, “Elevation”. The cath? It’s private! You’re invited but you MUST buy tickets in advance so they know how much alcohol to buy for the open bar!
The band has integrated a synchronized light show and additional musicians since you last saw them. Once a trio, they are now a 7-piece band! And opening the evening will be the adorable Amy Kress (who was a winner in the 2015 COMBO Songwriting Contest with her song ‘Silent Words.’ (http://www.amykressmusic.com)
When: Saturday, April 23rd
Where: Erico Motorsports, 2855 Walnut Street, Denver
Who: The Adrienne O Band with featured opener Amy Kress
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 includes free drinks
‘Elevation’ has12 songs – 5 originals plus 7 remixes. The cost is $10. Every purchase gets you both physical and digital dowloads!
Ticket link: http://www.adrienneo.com/elevation-tickets
www.adrienneo.com – indie pop/rock
http://www.performancehigh.net – vocal training and artist development