By Harvey Lisberg with Charlie Thomas
'Harvey spotted our potential when Andrew Lloyd Webber and I were unknowns. He always was ahead of the game. Half a century on I have just spotted his great potential as an author thanks to this entertaining and amusing memoir.' Sir Tim Rice
'I’m Into Something Good fair rattles along – somewhat inevitably given there’s so much to fit in... For anyone who’s interested in the history of Manchester music, this book is absolutely essential. Highly recommended.' Paul Hanley, English rock drummer and author of Leave the Capital
When 22-year-old accountant Harvey Lisberg heard the Beatles’ ‘Please Please Me’, he had an epiphany: he could be Manchester’s answer to Brian Epstein. He had a musical ear, a knack for numbers and a gambler’s instinct for taking a punt. Within a year he had taken local group, Herman’s Hermits, to number one with ‘I’m Into Something Good’. Soon, Hermania was a global phenomenon. Harvey had found his vocation.
In this uproarious, frank and moving autobiography, he reveals the excesses of life on the road with Herman’s Hermits; the frustration of championing unknowns Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber; the highs and lows of managing the brilliant 10cc; the utter madness of looking after snooker bad boys Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins and Jimmy ‘Whirlwind’ White and much, much more.
Many other artists benefitted from Harvey’s guidance during this time, including
Tony Christie, Barclay James Harvest, Sad Café and the Chameleons.
I’m Into Something Good is his account of a life that started in Salford and ended up in Palm Springs; a life in which he travelled the world, met heroes and villains, fulfilled his dreams, spent a fortune on good living, family and friends, and never took himself or his achievements too seriously.
'His story is a great read and recommended.' Louder Than War
'A life well lived.' MOJO, 4*
‘Harvey came along and turned us into stars. He believed in us when no one else cared.’ Peter Noone, Herman's Hermits
‘Harvey was one of the very first to recognise potential in Andrew and myself. He spotted ‘Joseph’ as a winner way before it became one.’ Sir Tim Rice
‘He virtually invented modern management. In terms of the UK’s music history, there really is no one like Harvey.’ Tony Wilson
'A really good read.' Lol Creme
'An engaging, erudite and surprisingly tasteful look at an underappreciated side of the British Invasion and an illuminating look at the inner workings of the music biz. Lisberg's pedigree as one of the pioneers of rock n' roll management in itself makes the book worth the price of admission, and his story carries more weight than most because of it. As a career librarian with lifelong ties to the rock world, I highly recommend it.' John Waller, Mahoning County
Publication Date: 30.03.23
Extent: 304 pages
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