Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The Real Deal

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The Real Deal

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HAILED as music biz royalty, Sharon Osbourne is the perfect hostess for this romp through the history of the British record industry.

The usually sweary and outrageous Sharon seems to be on her best behaviour, gently narrating events and sharing some of her many, many anecdotes, without so much as an F-word or a cackle. Well I suppose this is BBC4, darling.

For the past 40 years, the music business has been her world, as manager to Black Sabbath and husband Ozzy.

The daughter of legendary manager Don Arden says: "I've grown up in this world. And as long as I've been doing this, the story of deals has always beeen between about the artist vs the man. You're basically at war with the music biz."

From the start of rock 'n roll to the present day, Sharon explains how deals work, from record and publishing deals to merchandising and licencing and today's 360 deals. …

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