Soocher book visits Beatles in courtroom

By Staff


Stan Soocher, associate professor of Music and Entertainment Industry Studies in the College of Arts and Media at CU Denver, has authored a new book, “Baby You’re a Rich Man: Suing the Beatles for Fun and Profit” (ForeEdge/University Press of New England).

“Baby You’re a Rich Man” offers an inside look at key court battles that shaped the Beatles' music, their personal lives and business ventures. Through extensive research into rare court documents and from fresh interviews, Soocher has uncovered significant new information the band and its members. This includes from their early legal problems over Beatlemania merchandise, to the Beatles’ relationships with their 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.”

Library Journal described Baby You’re a Rich Man as an “accessible and well-written book [that is] a worthwhile read for serious Beatles fans interested in the legal and financial details of the world’s most popular band.”

In addition to being a CU Denver faculty member, Soocher is an award-winning journalist and entertainment attorney who has served as editor-in-chief of the monthly trade publication Entertainment Law and Finance since its start in 1985. He previously authored the investigative book “They Fought the Law: Rock Music Goes to Court.”