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A Cellarful of Noise by [Epstein, Brian]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1525 KB
  • Print Length: 125 pages
  • Publisher: Souvenir Press (1 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WB2BKS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #221,018 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As a teenager in the 1960s, like most boys of my age I was a great fan of the groups managed by Brian Epstein, The Beatles, Jerry and the Pacemakers, Billy J Kramer, The Fourmost, and of course, the wonderful Cilla Black. Only in my later years did I grow to understand much of the background to Epstein's tragically early death at the age of just 32. How sad, that due to the constraints of the time, this genius of the pop music industry was in private a very tortured individual, unable to come to terms with his own sexuality, while at the same time using his in-built business acumen and love of music to propel The Beatles to world stardom and his other acts also to the heights of fame. I finally got round to reading this book, which takes the reader up to the time when The Beatles had become a world phenomenon, and Cilla Black was about to be launched as Britain's new female superstar. The book tells us much about the man behind the mask, and one cannot help but realise what a thoroughly honest, upright and likeable man Brian Epstein was. To have met his death just one month before homosexuality was declared legal in the UK only seems to compound the overall poignancy of his words and highlights what a talent was lost to the world. Who knows how many more up and coming talents may have benefitted from his benevolent management style? Always tortured by being unable to some to terms with his own sexuality, we still cannot be certain if his death was a tragic accident caused by an accidental overdose, or a deliberate suicide, but this book does reveal his optimism for the future of 'his boys' as he called The Beatles, and his plans for his 'very special' Cilla.Read more ›
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How can there not already be a review of this fine book? I read it a few years ago but I feel I must try to make amends. As I recall, it was a surprisingly candid account. Published when Beatlemania still had the world in its thrall you would hardly expect Brian to give such forthright opinions of the fab four, but he does. Drawing human portraits of the Beatles, warts and all. What is more, this was apparently cobbled together from a tape Brian dictated over the course of a weekend yet reads as elegant, engaging prose. Many mediocre biographies of the Beatles drew heavily on this valuable first hand account. This book certainly has more merit than something which the odd quote can be extracted from. It is a first class pot boiler, you might say.
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Its quite un-nerving and somewhat eery to read the words of a dead man , so full of pride and hope and ideas for the future. I wouldnt say he was a gifted and profound writer but the atmosphere and insight he gave (albeit with slightly rose tinted glasses) from the inside of the inner circle of Beatledom is now quite fascinating, and rather poignant given the tragic circumstance's that followed not long after.
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Having lived in Chelsea during the sixties, this account really brought back the excitement and energy of those years. It was a fascinating account, not only of the group's discovery and early career, but also of Brian's early years and childhood. He worked as a furniture salesman in the family business for £5 a week, he passed his driving test on the fourth attempt and other such interesting insights. Trivia yes, but interesting in that it helps paint a picture of the young, restless Brian. He formed friendships with the groups and singers he managed and seems to have been an honourable young man (this account was written before he was 30). I well remember the shock at the news of his death. I wonder what he would have been doing now?
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This was actually quite entertaining to read - as a unique document of its time. We've read so many accounts of the troubled life of Brian Epstein - the insecure, unhappy, fifth-wheel who screwed up almost every contract he made for the Beatles. The accounts that analyse him and go under his skin. This book, mostly ghost written of course, for the first time presents Brian Epstein 'with his skin', i.e. the way he portrayed himself in the early sixties - how the world must have seen him, how probably the Beatles saw him, and how he wanted to see himself. It's a very revealing read - showing him with a charming mixture of pompous self-aggrandizement and humorous self-deprecation. In doing so, it is still surprisingly honest - about his failures as a child and teenager, his relation to the Beatles (very revealing anecdotes about all four of them!), his give-and take with the press, and his (totally wrong) views on the music business.
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Excellent must-have 'autobiography' (ghost written) of Brian Epstein, manager of the Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Cilla Black and many more. Somewhat sanitised to appeal to young music fans during Epstein's height of success, this is still a good account of his early life, education and career up to the time it was written (1964). I bought an original '64 1st edition in excellent condition as a collector of all things Beatle, to replace my more recent paperback copy and am very pleased with this copy from this particular seller.
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