- Hardcover: 144 pages
- Publisher: M Press (November 19, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1616552565
- ISBN-13: 978-1616552565
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.7 x 12.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 105 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #627,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story Hardcover – November 19, 2013
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About the Author
Vivek J. Tiwary is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer, and the founder of Tiwary Entertainment Group. Vivek's graphic novel The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, based on the untold life story of Beatles' manager Brian Epstein, received worldwide critical acclaim and won prestigious literary awards including, Will Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based Work and Two Harvey Awards (including Best Original Graphic Novel). It is a Lambda Literary Finalist for Best LGBT Graphic Novel, an American Library Association Great Graphic Novel for Teens, and has been added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives Permanent Collection. The Fifth Beatle is now being adapted into a feature film that has secured unprecedented access to Beatles music and is on-track to shoot in 2015. Vivek is writing its screenplay and will serve as a producer. On Broadway, Vivek's productions have won a combined 25 Tony Awards over 44 Tony nominations--every single one of his shows has been decorated.
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That isn't to take away from Vivek Tiwary's story which is equal parts engaging, interesting, funny and ultimately tragic. This is by far one of the best Original Graphic Novel's I have ever read, and it should go down with all of the other classics like Watchmen or Persepolis.
Even if you aren't a fan of The Beatles, this story will draw you in and hook you.
Beautifully illustrated by Andrew Robinson (with a fun sequence by Kyle Baker detailing the Beatles' rather disastrous visit to the Philippines in '66), the story by Vivek Tiwary is a touching and quite informative look into the life of Brian Epstein. Robinson's art is nothing short of brilliant. The likenesses are astonishingly accurate yet still stylistic and the layouts and colors are sublime.
May I suggest, for fans of this book, the equally wonderful VOODOO CHILD HC: The Illustrated Legend of Jimi Hendrix graphic novel by Martin I. Green with amazing art by Bill Sienkiewicz. It's available via third-party sellers on Amazon Marketplace at astonishing low prices and well worth it.
The art was fairly beautiful. I love Robinson's portraiture, figures, and color palette. However, the Beatles often seemed a little stiff and unemotive in their facial features, which I attribute to an unfortunate slavishness to capturing likenesses. Also there were too many talking head panels. Nonetheless, superb artwork.
The pop art 60's style woven into the narrative serves to bring the reader back to the decade that the story is set within, and the script doesn't sugar-coat or shy away from the struggles Epstein faced being a closet homosexual in an era where it was actually illegal! Actual dialogue from interviews with Epstein supplement an already convincing dialogue.
Gripping, moving and masterfully done. A high water mark in biography books and another great example of the power of sequential art.