Was inspired to post these when reading about the appalling Dee Anthony in an article about Peter Frampton’s autobiography in this morning’s Guardian.
As bad as he was, DA surely wasn’t nearly as awful as Stan Polley who swindled Badfinger out of all their money and – arguably – caused the suicide of Pete Ham in ’75 and Tom Evans eight years later. Surely the unluckiest band ever, Badfinger and their story are worthy of a post on its own – assuming, of course, no one’s done one yet. Running up the rear are the likes of Morris Levy, Allen (De)Klein and just about any other manager of a black act in the early 60s.
Aside from Brian Epstein (“he changed the world without hurting anyone”) very few genuinely good guy(s) I can think of. Obvious one would be Shep “Ubernensch” Gordon – been Alice Cooper’s manager for over 40 years based on nothing more than a handshake and also helped bring – among others – The Duellists and Koyaanisqatsi to the screen. There’s also U2’s Paul McGuinness (whose own foray into movies/TV was Sky’s excerable Riviera).
Leaders of the “Bad but apparently not-all-bad” camp are Don Arden (Kenney Jones speaks surprisingly highly of him) and Peter Grant (a horrible person but irreversibly revolutionised the rock business in the artists’ favour).
Sure there are loads I’ve missed (Albert Grossman for instance) so the being the ATM additions and comments are as always welcome!