They Fought the Law : Rock Music Goes to Court

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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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"This is the 'real' secret history of rock & roll: the backroom deals and courtroom wars over money, reputation, artistic liberty, moral responsibility, and contractual obligation that have been part of the music since Elvis first fell under Colonel Parker's huckster spell. They Fought the Law is the fine print of superstardom writ loud and clear."-David Fricke, Rolling Stone

"Anyone who thinks talent and drive are the only prerequisites to success in the music business is in for a rude surprise: artists have waged a non-stop battle to control their work and livelihood since the first painter smeared cinders on a cave wall. In They Fought the Law, Stan Soocher trains his attorney's eye and reporter's ear to the task of showing us how that war for control is joined in today's rock & roll jungle. The result is a witty and clear-minded book, an indispensable map of the potential legal mine field awaiting all who would travel the road to pop stardom."-Fred Goodman, author of The Mansion on the Hill

"Who zoomed who in the courts, whether the issue is censorship or cold cash, has been an area of constant murkiness in almost all rock 'n' roll writing. Stan Soocher here sorts out several of the most interesting and revealing cases with a precision that probably makes them clearer to the reader than they ever were to the participants."-David Hinckley, New York Daily News

About the Author:

Stan Soocher is also an entertainment attorney and the long-time editor-in-chief of Entertainment Law & Finance."

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