NORTHERN SONGS: THE TRUE STORY OF THE BEATLES SONGWRITING EMPIRE is a new book by Brian Southall, set for publication in early October.
Here are some more details from the press release:
"This is the story of how Lennon and McCartney lost the most valuable song-publishing catalogue in the world. This is a staggering saga of incompetence, duplicity and music industry politics.
How did minor singer turned publisher Dick James get to handle Lennon and McCartney's songs?
Why did Michael Jackson's stake in the legendary catalogue cause a rift with Paul McCartney?
Why does Paul McCartney now own just two Beatles songs?
It also includes interviews with George Martin, Paul McCartney, the late Dick James' son Steven, Yoko Ono and those in the know from Apple Corp, DJM and EMI."
The 352-page book will be published in hardback on 6th October 2006 by Omnibus Press.