They Fought the Law: Rock Music Goes to Court

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Schirmer Books, 1999 - Music - 252 pages
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It's Perry Mason-meets-Billy Joel in this account of the most famous lawsuits in rock history. They Fought the Law traces the difficulties rockers have faced dealing with bad contracts, personnel problems, litigious fans, and crooked managers and accountants. While it's the music that counts, the music-makers are often robbed of their rightful share of the profits that the music creates - and may spend decades sorting out ill-considered contracts signed in the heat of their early careers. This book pulls back the veil on the often shady business practices that characterize the rock world - and shows how some courageous artists have fought the system and won. Based on firsthand accounts, interviews with the participants, and detailed study of court records and documents, Stan Soocher brings new light to the often tangled legal problems faced by rock artists. In doing so, he shows another - less-glamorous - side of the rock business.

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Founding editor of the industry publication Entertainment Law & Finance, attorney/journalist Soocher details nine court cases to illustrate his claim that "The legal issues and lawsuits that artists ... Read full review

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The sections on the older artists like Elvis and the Shirelles and the parts about royalties (which also includes Elvis and the Shirelles) wasn’t the most interesting to me. These were dry civil matters and I like many other people find criminal matters to be far more fascinating The last three sections about contemporary artists (two about 2 Live Crew and one about Judas Priest) were can’t put down fascinating. Good theme, just leave out the civil cases and older artists. 

Contents

Honesty Is Such a Lonely Word
21
Dont Let The Deal Go Down On Me
43
Will You Pay Me Tomorrow?
65
Copyright

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Soocher is an attorney and a journalist who has contributed articles on rock and the law to many magazines. He is the founding editor of Entertainment Law and Finance.

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