The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story Hardcover – 19 Nov 2013
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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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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not really into cartoon type presentation. Interesting though.Published 13 months ago by Alfred Jenkin
If you read Mark Lewisohns Beatle Bible, "Tune In", you appreciate that no Epstein means no fame and fortune. It's important then to assess his importance to the boys. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Nick Garroch
wish it was just a normal book and not written like a picture comic. very disapointedPublished 20 months ago by Linda Knipe
A little disappointed with this book but the artwork is fantasticPublished 21 months ago by Charlotte Heaton
Amazing book ... for any beatles, music or comic fans ... its another view of the same story ... by the eyes of the manager Brian Epstein ... a book with amazing drawings ... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Rui Filipe Goncalves
Found the Kindle version very difficult to read due to there being a lot of graphics. Didn't realise this til it was downloaded. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Keith D.