Allen Klein was like no one the music industry had seen before. The hard-nosed business manager became infamous for allegedly catalyzing the Beatles’ breakup and robbing the Rolling Stones, but the truth is both more complex and more fascinating, as former Rolling Stone editor Fred Goodman explains in his wordily titled biography, Allen Klein: The Man Who Bailed Out the Beatles, Made the Stones, and Transformed Rock & Roll.
Bob Lefsetz calls the book "dry" and Kirkus describes it as balanced, fascinating, and well-written; either way, the manager to the Stones and then the Beatles —not to mention Sam Cooke, Donovan, the Kinks, and numerous other performers— made millions for his clients, earned a rep as being ruthless and litigious, and some might say he got his just reward when he sentenced to two months jail time in 1979 for tax evasion after it was discovered that he had defrauded both the Concert For Bangladesh and UNICEF.
Asked once how he could possibly follow-up managing the Beatles and the Stones, his reply was: "Ringo suggested that maybe I ought to manage America."
Klein died of complications of Alzheimer's disease in NYC on July 4, 2009.