ABKCO Music and Records Inc, founded over 50 years ago by Allen Klein, is one of the world’s leading independent entertainment companies. It is home to iconic music catalogs that include compositions and recordings by Sam Cooke, The Rolling Stones, Bobby Womack, Eric Burdon, The Animals, Herman’s Hermits, Marianne Faithfull, The Kinks as well as the Cameo Parkway masters by such artists as Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell, Clint Eastwood, The Dovells, ? & The Mysterians, The Tymes and Dee Dee Sharp.
Each of ABKCO’s global companies actively pursue cover placements and licensing opportunities for its catalog worldwide including Susan Boyle’s multi-million selling hit album featuring the single “Wild Horses” and Bobby Womack’s “If You Think You’re Lonely Now” sampled in “We Belong Together” performed by Mariah Carey, which was named Song of the Decade 2000-2010 by Billboard Magazine. Its sync licenses have included the critically acclaimed Martin Scorsese Chanel spot using The Rolling Stones “She Said Yeah” as well as Dior’s commercials featuring The Stones “Sympathy For The Devil” and “Paint It Black”, Sony Bravia’s 2007 Cannes Gold Lion and Clio award winning spot with the Rolling Stones recording of “She’s A Rainbow”, new media deals, licensing of products with Mattel and Hallmark and lyric only products such as tee shirts. ABKCO compositions and masters have been licensed in award winning video games and are featured in almost every major network television series and motion pictures including: Glee, CSI, Criminal Minds, American Idol, The Voice, The X Factor, True Blood, The Help, Men In Black 3, Flight and Skyfall.
ABKCO Records is active on many fronts including the release of highly regarded compilations and reissues from its vast catalog. GRRR!, The Rolling Stones Greatest Hits collection to mark their 50th Anniversary, was released in November 2012. Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! The Rolling Stones In Concert – 40th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set and the vinyl 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Box Set were released in 2009 to five star reviews by critics and fans alike and were included in “must have” collectors lists all around the world. ABKCO Records latest release is Eric Burdon’s critically acclaimed “Til Your River Runs Dry”.
Soundtrack releases include Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, the 2013 Academy Award® nominated Moonrise Kingdom, The Darjeeling Limited and the 2010 Academy Award® nominated Fantastic Mr. Fox, Safety Not Guaranteed, Our Idiot Brother, the international blockbuster Fast Five, Edgar Wright’s The Worlds End and Scott Pilgrim vs The World, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, The Men Who Stare At Goats, Boardwalk Empire Volume 2: music from the HBO® original series, the soundtrack to the first season of the hit Showtime® series, Californication, and through ABKCO Records Little World imprint, American Girl:Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight and Barbie and The Secret Door. Releases on ABKCO’s SAR label include albums by L C Cooke, The Soul Stirrers and Johnny Taylor.
ABKCO Films has a long history of being involved with many successful movies including The Greek Tycoon starring Anthony Quinn and Jacqueline Bisset, La Grande Bouffe, winner of the International Critics prize at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival and The Concert for Bangladesh featuring Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Ringo Starr. ABKCO Films latest release is renowned cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s first film in 23 years, The Dance of Reality. Jodorowsky’s classics El Topo and The Holy Mountain, fully restored and remastered to HD, were shown at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival (Classics section) and at the prestigious 44th New York Film Festival. In 2003 ABKCO won a Grammy® for the DVD release of Sam Cooke – Legend and the following year released the DVD of The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus to critical acclaim.
ABKCO Film’s Grammy® winning The Rolling Stones Charlie Is My Darling - 1965, is a film of the Rolling Stones September 1965 Irish tour originally directed by Peter Whitehead and produced by Andrew Oldham. This 2012 release has been meticulously restored by director Mick Gochanour and producer Robin Klein and features never before seen footage and electrifying performances of the band on the cusp of becoming the legend. Films in pre-production include a restoration of the Spaghetti Western Blindman starring Ringo Starr and a biopic on the life of Sam Cooke.
ABKCO is at the forefront of new technologies in the entertainment field and is in active development of several multi-platform projects, theatrical productions and innovative educational tools to ensure its catalog is enjoyed by generations of fans for years to come.