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Brian Epstein Story :BEATLES Hardcover – November 13, 1999

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Faber Faber Inc (November 13, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057120130X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571201303
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,945,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great easy read about the genius behind The Beatles. While many harshly judge Brian as 'Monday Morning Quarterbacks' and criticize his deal making prowess, those who do forget there were no rules when Brian Epstein took the fabs to the top. There has never been a show business success story like this; there may never be a success story like this again, and Brian was in charge. He helped The Beatles conquer the world. Credit where credit is due. His elegant, upscale taste (putting the boys in tailored suits & combing out the mop tops) was a key factor in the world falling in love with the band. The fashion went hand in hand with the music revolution the Beatles led. Brian guided and shaped their theatrical presentation. He nutured the image of The Beatles as the epitome of self assured, witty 24 year old super heros-the world's press literally eating out of their hands. The outsider from Northern England whose grace and style the Beatles were modeled on. Their appearance, a reflection of Brian. The Saville Row suits. The impeccable style. The upscale rebel- never too posh. Brian was the aspirational leader of The Beatles. John Lennon adored Brian, listened to him, respected his savvy. As John went, The Beatles went. Brian's financial independence was THE key ingredient in securing The Beatles record deal. Brian found George Martin. Brian booked the boys on The Ed Sullivan Show. Brian moved the scene from Liverpool to London that ushered in the mod swinging 60's. Brian helped attract the entire world's attention for the first global satellite TV transmission when he secured The Beatles a spot to perform "live" for the world on TV. The "All You Need Is Love" LIVE satellite broadcast from Abbey Road ignited the Summer Of Love.Read more ›
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The Brian Epstein Story, compiled and written by Deborah Geller and edited by Anthony Wall was published in 1999 in the UK by Faber and Faber. This publishing house rivals Penguin in the UK for its minuscule fonts. I can state that this edition had the smallest typeface of any book I had ever read, so while its 180 pages did not make it a long book by length, it certainly qualified as jam-packed by content. The story of Epstein, the manager of the Beatles, was told in the form of interview excerpts from those who were genuinely closest to him, including Paul McCartney. Thus none of the quotations were from friends of friends or those who had no regular direct contact with him. In fact, most of those interviewed for the book were former business associates and were, in my opinion, highly credible.

There have been many rumours about Epstein's personal life, and since he lived as a closeted gay man who repressed his sexuality, rumours run rampant. This conduct of life, as well as having a mother who blindly ignored her son's reality by pushing seemingly eligible women his way, only led Epstein further into the closet. Such a way of life could only lead to risky rendezvous and The Brian Epstein Story does tell of blackmail attempts from former short-term boyfriends. Back in the 1960's, homosexuality was still illegal in the UK and it would have been scandalous had word got out that the Beatles' manager was homosexual. That Epstein also kept his Judaism under wraps, almost ashamed of it, cast his life under a heavier cloak of repression. His feelings of suffocation even led him to write his last will and testament at the age of 21. The will is reproduced in The Brian Epstein Story.
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very well written and documented. Sweet, talented, gay man.....lovely and insightful. review by a heterosexual female, incidentally ;)
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This and Ray Coleman's "The Man Who Made The Beatles" are far and above the best books on Brian Epstein ever written.
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