The Brian Epstein Story Paperback – 20 Nov 2000
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Ray Coleman was the first to write about the life of the Beatles' Svengali, in his typically thorough 1989 biography Brian Epstein; and with an estimated total of 400 Beatle books already available, there is inevitably a sinking feeling when yet another comes along to chronicle the rise of the world's most extraordinary entertainment phenomenon.
So it is all the more to Debbie Geller's credit that she brings fresh perspective to a familiar tale with this collection of transcripts, culled from 1998's two-part BBC documentary. As well as obtaining access to Epstein's unpublished correspondence, she has rounded-up an impressive array of former chauffeurs, attorneys, employees and ex-Beatles to tell their tales of the shy salesman who chanced upon a scruffy quartet in a Liverpool cellar and went on to help them conquer the world. Particularly illuminating are the details of Epstein's business deals: "I think...Brian did good deals", Paul McCartney says, "he looked to his dad for business advice, and his dad really knew how to run a furniture store in Liverpool. This was a little bigger than that!"
Back then, the full impact of The Beatles was impossible to foresee--but, when it did finally come, it was immense and immediate. A month before he died, aged only 34, Epstein wrote of his beloved charges: "The boys have gone to Greece to buy an island. I think it's a dotty idea but they're no longer children and must have their own sweet way". Had he lived, one can only speculate how different things might have been for The Beatles, and the world. --Patrick Humphries --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The Brian Epstein Story, by Debbie Geller, provides an entertaining and definitive snapshot of the manager of the Beatles - and 'If anyone was the fifth Beatle it was Brian', as Paul McCartney said - through the reminiscences of his friends and family, including the likes of George Martin and Marianne Faithfull.
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Epstein was perhaps not only a victim of his own "incautious self-overdose" (as the coroner recorded at his inquest), but also of his time: The number of people dying from fatal accidents caused by overdoses of barbiturates - often mixed with alcohol - rose from 49 in England and Wales in 1945 to more than 800 in 1962 (according to The London Observer at the time). Part of the sadness of his death in the late summer of 1967 is that he did not live to experience the post-Stonewall era, during which it became possible to live out homosexuality more openly and with less danger or threat of recrimination.
Geller's book - which is actually a series of transcripts from interviews used in the BBC documentary of the same name which aired in 1998 - benefits from access to Epstein's unpublished diaries and correspondence. She has also interviewed Paul McCartney on Epstein ("There was no question in our minds that if we were to be managed by anyone it would be by Brian") as well as Lonnie Trimble, his home-help ("People couldn't really get close to Brian, because he didn't let them"), and the New York attorney Nat Weiss, Epstein's best friend (who is open about Epstein's dependency on uppers and downers).Read more ›
It's a real diamond for anyone looking for an insight into the managers' side of the Beatles story, with emphasis too on Epstein's other business interests, but without becoming too dry and dull.
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Interestingly researched though doubtful anyone will get everything right on this situatiuon ever.Published 21 months ago by R. Harrod
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. Read morePublished on 15 Mar. 2014 by Craig Rowland
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