Beatles fans are probably familiar with Allen Klein. He’s the manager who further poisoned the already souring relationship between the Beatles during the late-1960s and early 1970s. After signing the Stones, Klein was a force in the music industry. He wooed the Beatles to become their new manager — especially earning the affinity of John Lennon and Yoko Ono — and went about making more dubious deals, which revolved around the fine print. Eventually the Beatles and Klein would become engaged in numerous, multi-million dollar lawsuits. Paul McCartney hated him from the get-go. Did he break up the Beatles single-handedly? No, but hecertainly had a hand in it.
But Beatles fans may not be familiar with how Klein got his start. Jagger had recommended Klein to the Beatles, and in bad faith. According to singer-songwriter and Jagger’s former girlfriend, Marianne Faithfull, Jagger used the Beatles as a ploy to take Klein’s attention away from the Stones so the band could escape his grasp. In John McMillian’s “Beatles vs. Stones,”he recounts some previous revelations from Faithfull’s own writings:
“Mick called up John Lennon and told him, 'You know who you should get to manage you, man? Allen Klein.' And John, who was susceptible to utopian joint projects such as alliances between the Beatles and the Stones said, 'Yeah, what a f[*****] brilliant idea.' It was a bit of a dirty trick, but once Mick had distracted Klein's attention by giving him bigger fish to fry, Mick could begin unraveling the Stones' ties to him. It was just a matter of time before the relationship was severed."