It’s hard to believe (well, it’s hard for me to believe) that authors are restricted to word counts, especially when a book is so chock-a-block full of insight and quality material as The Beatles And The Historians, but alas, it’s true. However we’re in luck: Erin has saved some wonderful tidbits for us, and here’s one below.
On Why George Chose Klein:
The idea that Harrison’s decision to back Klein was motivated, at least in part, by the younger man’s enduring hero worship of Lennon is one possibility. Another is that Klein’s reputed financial skills appealed to Harrison, who was portrayed throughout the official narrative as the Beatle most interested in business and money. During the early 1970s, Harrison emphasized how much more money Klein had made them than Epstein.[i] In a 1971 interview Harrison offered an additional, and perhaps more revealing rationale, describing Klein as “the first to really take a personal interest in me,”[ii] indicating that he had felt Epstein over looked him. As contemporaneous evidence, these interviews offer additional reasons for a decision that Harrison came to regret; they also are untouched by his later agendas.