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Northern Songs

The True Story of The Beatles Song Publishing Empire

By Rupert Perry

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Northern Songs (The True Story of The Beatles Song Publishing Empire). Popular Biography. Omnibus Press. Softcover. 236 pages. Omnibus Press #OP52030. Published by Omnibus Press (HL.335947).

ISBN 184609996X. 6.25x9.25 inches.

From the moment Beatlemania broke out, Lennon & McCartney's publishing company Northern Songs was a potential goldmine. It would eventually beccome the most valuable catalog of songs in the world. The history of that catalog – how Lennon & McCartney lost it, and the complex financial and legal wranglings that took it into other hands – is the epic music industry story of the 20th century. This detailed investigation contains interviews with the late Dick James' son, Michael Jackson's lawyer, million-selling songwriters and executives from Apple Corp., NEMS, ATV, EMI, and Sony, plus contributions from George Martin and Yoko Ono. The hi-jacking of The Beatles' song catalog is a staggering saga of incompetence, duplicity, and music industry politics. Northern Songs lays it all bare in a groundbreaking investigative book that is as compulsive as it is astounding.