In one off special Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Dodgiest Deals, Sharon Osbourne, music biz royalty and manager of husband Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath and daughter of legendary manager Don Arden presents the story of rock n roll deals through the decades.
From the start of Rock n Roll to the present day. From Little Richard’s half a cent a record for Tutti Frutti to Robbie Williams’ huge £80m advance, Sharon uncovers the whole spectrum of deals – record, publishing, live, merchandise and licencing to today’s 360 deals.
With personal insight and visits to key locations in London, Birmingham and L.A., Sharon recounts the story of notorious bad deals for The Beatles, Animals and Small Faces (revisiting the flat where Small Faces’ manager, her dad Don Arden, dangled rival Robert Stigwood out of a window). And Sharon uncovers the secrets to great artist deals including Led Zep’s live deal, The Police’s DIY deal and Moby’s millions earned from licensing tunes for ads.
Sharon gets the inside story from those still chasing royalties and those who took on the music biz and won. And brings us right up to date with the success of the independent No Deal stars of Rap and Urban, Chance the Rapper and Stormzy.
With The Small Faces, Eric Burdon, The Police, Moby, N.W.A., Charles Connor (Little Richard’s drummer ), Art Rupe (aged 99 who signed Little Richard), Peter Asher, Pamela Des Barres, Tim Clark (Robbie Williams’ manager), Mark Lewisohn (Beatles biographer) and Jon Webster (MMF).
Producer/Director: Matthew O’Casey
Executive Producer: Mark Cooper
Sharon Osbourne Presents Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Dodgiest Deals airs on Friday 26 May 2017 from 10.00pm-11.00pm on BBC Four.