Set for publication on May 1st is Lennon, the Mobster & the Lawyer – The Untold Story, written by John Lennon's former attorney Jay Bergen. Bergen defended the former-Beatle in a multi-million dollar lawsuit against record business veteran — and known mafia associate, Roulette Records owner, Morris Levy, who took unmixed tapes of Lennon and marketed them on TV as Roots: John Lennon Sings The Great Rock & Roll Hits.
Through a series of lawsuits pertaining to Lennon's use of several lines of Chuck Berry's “You Can't Catch me” during the Beatles' “Come Together,” Lennon was eventually forced to record several songs from Levy's Big Seven Music songbook, which included Berry's songs. When Lennon's Rock N' Roll album including those songs was delayed — his next release was Walls And Bridges — which did not feature the three Levy-owned songs. In a show of good faith. Lennon gave Levy a tape of the unmixed and unfinished Rock N' Roll album to prove he was making good on his settlement.
According to the book's press release, “Morris Levy, released Roots, an unauthorized version of a rock n' roll oldies album John had been producing. Levy claimed the former Beatle had verbally agreed to market Roots via TV. Capitol Records' quick release of Rock N' Roll, the official album, resulted in two Levy lawsuits against Joh — and John’s counterclaims against Levy.”