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The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story [Hardcover]

Kyle Baker , Andrew C Robinson , Vivek Tiwary , Philip Simon
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19 Nov 2013
The Fifth Beatle is the untold true story of Brian Epstein, the visionary manager who discovered and guided the Beatles - from their gigs in a tiny cellar in Liverpool to unprecedented international stardom. Yet more than merely the story of "The Man Who Made the Beatles," The Fifth Beatle is an uplifting, tragic, and ultimately inspirational human story about the struggle to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. Brian himself died painfully lonely at the young age of thirty-two, having helped the Beatles prove through "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" that pop music could be an inspirational art form. He was homosexual when it was a felony to be so in the United Kingdom, Jewish at a time of anti-Semitism, and from Liverpool when it was considered just a dingy port town.

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (19 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616552565
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616552565
  • Product Dimensions: 31.6 x 21.1 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bravo Brian! 8 Dec 2013
By Melanie
I feel I should review this title, in the hope that many others should buy and enjoy it as I have done. In it's simplest form, The Fifth Beatle is a wonderful nugget of additional 'Fab Four' information, and an intriguing story of ambition, and love. The first page really hits you and you are transported into dock-side Liverpool, grey and dreary and strangely beautiful. Andrew C Robinson's artwork throughout is stunning, and shocking too (there's a scene in particular that I won't spoil, but it involves 'The Colonel' and left me feeling rather unpleasant!) It compliments Tiwary's words so wonderfully and you are carried on a whirlwind-like experience through a condensed telling of the short and tragic life of Brian, post-discovering the Beatles. There are so many moments where you can actually hear the camera pops, the music, I hear there is going to be a film and this makes me very excited. It would be great if the book came with some sort of listening notes, so you can create your own playlist and transport yourself into 60's Beatlemania, or could find the interviews with Brian and listen, though I suppose hardcore fans can organise this themselves! Such a wonderful story, handled really well by the creative team and I hope to see many more collaborations in the future. Bravo!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If There Was A Fifth Beatle, It Was Brian.... 14 Dec 2013
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Brian Epstein has never really got the recognition he deserves and this beautiful, graphic novel, helps redress that. Told with the kind of artistic flair he would have fully approved of, this is the tale of a man who was captivated - as much of the world would later be - by a group playing in a Liverpool cellar and who helped groom them for international stardom. Against all the odds, he felt they would not only be big, but the `biggest' thing in entertainment. Even the Beatles themselves felt that his expectations were unrealistic, but they weren't. He was right. I have often felt that the Beatles were lucky. While Elvis had `Colonel' Tom Parker - a man who lied to him, who cared about what Elvis could earn and not about his artistic integrity - the Beatles had both Brian Epstein and George Martin to guide them through their career.

This book has stunning artwork and really captures Brian's emotions, flaws and talents. His love for the Beatles, his vulnerability, his reliance on drugs and his difficult feelings about his sexuality. This is his story, not the Beatles, but the two are entwined and will be forever. It is unlikely that they would have become the success they did without him and, despite his faults - both business and personal - he never purposely did anything that could hurt them. For Brian, they were his `boys' and he adored them. Even in the Sixties, Brian said that their music would be played forever. He was right again.

Although I have never really read a graphic novel myself, although I have brought them for my son, I thought the format worked really well. I found the illustrations - especially those of a grainy post-war Liverpool, and of Brian watching the Beatles for the first time - very moving. Overall, this was a really sympathetic portrayal of a man who should really be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and given the respect and recognition he so deserves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can buy me love! 7 Dec 2013
This is a must for any Beatles enthusiast, and a great introduction to the group for new comers also. The details are fab, with beautiful illustrations and dialogue. The tone is with humour, and gives good insight into the relationships between Brian and the band. I was delighted by the lush colours and overall quality of the product, would highly recommend!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 5 Dec 2013
By Bruchez
I picked up a copy of this book as a fan of graphic novels in general as opposed to being a fan of The Beatles or having an interest in Brian Epstein. It's left me with a desire to know more about this incredible man and all that he achieved in such a relatively short time and at such a young age, as well as bringing home to me just how impressive and unmatched the beatles story really is.

Vivek Tiwary has done an excellent job of telling a story about a man with passion and drive, reaching for the stars whilst battling his own demons and social norms - themes still as prevalent today as then. This is done most impressively and satisfyinlgy The Beatles only ever appearing as references in time rather than it becoming the history lesson it could have been.

The story is wonderfully written using some more abstract references as tools in telling a very personal tale. The artwork is out of this world and it's in some of the more abstract moments that it really takes your breath away, the quality and size of the hardcover copy really show off Kyle Baker and Andrew C Robinsons incredible talent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fifth Beatle-The Brian Epstein Story 23 Dec 2013
By Rosy
I absolutely loved this book...reading it is like watching a film which is a brilliant concept for telling the story of Brian Epstein and The Beatles. For me it was also a hugely nostalgic read as it brought back my excitement when I first brought home "Love Me Do" feeling like I personally had discovered this amazing band singing in a totally different way from anything I had heard before the most magical tune. As I read through the book memories flooded back as to the excitement each time a new Beatles LP or single came out , when they conquered America. How Brian Epstein created this world-changing band of guys and marketed them, his vision and genius along with his personal demons and struggles was fascinating to read. I knew he was Jewish but I never knew he was gay or had those days it simply was never talked about. The artwork is so evocative. Pages are dark and moody, bright and sunny...some barely there which works so beautifully in telling the story. I would highly recommend this book on all look at, read and feel on very high quality paper with some pages rough, some smooth. Congratulations to Vivek Tiwary for realising his dream. A must to buy and share or gift to your friends.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Brian Epstein story......
... not THE Brian Epstein story.

A series of episodes in the life of Brian, some straight (pun unavoidable), some fantasy, it tries to paint a picture rather than show a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Davey
5.0 out of 5 stars brian the 5th
this is a beautiful work of art that is a joy to hold in your hands. really is a labour of love
Published 5 months ago by Mr. James S. Edmondson
4.0 out of 5 stars And in the end...
“Mythology is better and more fondly remembered than history! So we create legends rather than recount truths. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sam Quixote
2.0 out of 5 stars Er…….
Beautifully drawn but, for a man who spent "all my life writing and drawing this" the inaccuracies are criminal and sloppy.
Published 6 months ago by mr stephen morgan
3.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating B Epstein Story
The cartoon style format takes some getting used to!
The story is most interesting.
Difficult to know what others will think about the book.
Published 6 months ago by J. McMaster
5.0 out of 5 stars the fifth beatle
was just what i was looking for .made my son , who it was for very happy with his present
Published 6 months ago by r w hammond
1.0 out of 5 stars A poor book
I wondered why this was done in comic form, now I have read the book, I have the answer. That is the only difference to any of the other books out there, all of which I have, and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by RCMeachem
4.0 out of 5 stars Good comic book
Interesting format for a historical insight into the fifth beatle.
The comic is very entertaining and it keeps the rhythm of the reading all the way through. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Alberto Garcia Gorostiza
5.0 out of 5 stars Beatlemania!
Great story about a little known aspect of the Beatles early times, beautifully drawn and packaged in a collectors edition!
Published 7 months ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautful read
I found this book both fascinating and compelling to read. I also found Brian's vision and dedication to these 5 working class boys from Liverpool to be endearing and one that is... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amehra
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