BEATLES FOR SALE: HOW EVERYTHING THEY TOUCHED TURNED TO GOLD John Blaney
From page 50 of Classic Rock Magazine July 2008
All they needed was... cash. And lots and lots of it.
Even before they'd signed to Parlophone Records The Beatles were making a reasonably handsome living more than the national average wage as a live band. In time they'd shape the How To Get Ahead In the Music Business guide for future bands out to learn the golden rules In Beatles For Sale Blaney sensibly casts a jaundiced eye overthe claims that, despite their millions, lack of knowledge prevented even more Fab millions accruing. Their manager Brian Epstein's business nous may have crumbled in the face of hardheaded American deal crunchers, but his RADA trained disposition to glamour and image were priceless.
Finding a new angle on the oldest story in pop isn't easy but instructive as the obsession with facts and figures may be, the bynumbers approach is of strictly limited interest, no matter how big the sums involved. •••••