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The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story Hardcover – 19 Nov 2013

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse; 01 edition (19 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616552565
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616552565
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.9 x 31.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kyle Baker, winner of both the Harvey Award and the Eisner Award, is the creator of thirteen graphic novels. His cartoons have appeared in the "New Yorker," "National Lampoon," "Esquire," "Entertainment Weekly," and many other publications. Co-creator of "Truth" for Marvel Comics, he lives in New York City.

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.


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By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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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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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 depression....in 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 levels...to 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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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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