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In My Life: The Brian Epstein Story Paperback – 1 Feb 2002

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Griffin; Reprint edition (Feb. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031228862X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312288624
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.4 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,461,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
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. This publishing house rivals Penguin in the UK for its minuscule fonts. I can state that this edition had the smallest typeface of any book I had ever read, so while its 180 pages did not make it a long book by length, it certainly qualified as jam-packed by content. The story of Epstein, the manager of the Beatles, was told in the form of interview excerpts from those who were genuinely closest to him, including Paul McCartney. Thus none of the quotations were from friends of friends or those who had no regular direct contact with him. In fact, most of those interviewed for the book were former business associates and were, in my opinion, highly credible.

There have been many rumours about Epstein's personal life, and since he lived as a closeted gay man who repressed his sexuality, rumours run rampant. This conduct of life, as well as having a mother who blindly ignored her son's reality by pushing seemingly eligible women his way, only led Epstein further into the closet. Such a way of life could only lead to risky rendezvous and The Brian Epstein Story does tell of blackmail attempts from former short-term boyfriends. Back in the 1960's, homosexuality was still illegal in the UK and it would have been scandalous had word got out that the Beatles' manager was homosexual. That Epstein also kept his Judaism under wraps, almost ashamed of it, cast his life under a heavier cloak of repression. His feelings of suffocation even led him to write his last will and testament at the age of 21. The will is reproduced in The Brian Epstein Story.
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Format: Hardcover
Brian Epstein is known to our days as the man who found the Beatles, managed them and died by a mysterious way in 1967. this book tells how much more was Brian as a person and how his mind changed the way millions of young people used to think those days. people who were near him tell a true story with many ups and downs, as his life was. a life of a young man who raised to glory with "his boys" and suddenly died alone leaving behind him the best rock artists mankind will remember. Brian is forgotten but this is one more book that can focus the public to what the Beatles were from the inside and who he was trully behind the lights- a tragic story inside the most brilliant lights of rock. this is not another Beatles tribute.this is a Brian Epstein's tribute and it was surely missing the last 30 years. i hope i could find the film also! God bless your soul mr.Epstein
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HASH(0x99646ec4) out of 5 stars An untapped vein in Beatles literature 15 Jan. 2001
By Andy Orrock - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I agree with the earlier reviewer's incredulous comments about the cover of this book. If the publisher wanted to make browsers think twice about a purchase, they've done it.
But despite the cheesy cover, I went ahead with my purchase & was not disappointed. One would think that just about every aspect of the Beatles has been absolutely covered and trampled to death. Then along comes Debbie Geller with this gem - the Brian Epstein angle has been an untapped vein up until this point. It's not so much a traditional book about her subject as it is an oral history. Geller's coup is to get Paul McCartney - among many other voices - to comment at length on Epstein's role with the group.
The book's main themes and premises, of which a strong case is made by all the book's participants:
1. There would be no Beatles without Epstein. During the very early sixties when they were no more than a crude band distinguished only by their Hamburg experience, Epstein's belief in 'his boys' was indefatigable. He created a new image for them, and sold that image - after much rejection - to London.
2. Epstein created rock and roll management and promotion as we know it today; it simply did not exist before he came along, & it is around today mainly in the guise that he created.
3. Epstein was a terribly complex and conflicted man. No one participating in this project makes the case that he was 'nice' or easy to get along with. In fact, he comes across as a holy terror at times. Jewish in a non-Jewish world, openly gay prior to any societal openness on that front, a manic-depressive (some posit) before a clinical diagnosis for such an afflication existed, addicted to various uppers and downers.
This was a terribly complex, troubled - but enormously gifted - man. To think that he fit all he did into 32 short years. Amazing.
Thank you Debbie Geller for honoring this blazing comet named Brian Espstein, who willed the Beatles into this world.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99a8d738) out of 5 stars An Enigmatic Life finally Understood 13 Nov. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Brian Epstein was such a charismatic yet misunderstood factor in all aspects of the Beatles' careers. What's so great about Geller's book is the way she let's so many different voices tell his story. And the book is made even clearer and more readable by a "cast of characters" listed in the front, which explains who everybody is. Anybody who cares about either the Beatles or just the British pop music scene in the very early 60's will have difficulty putting this book down. The book doesn't flinch when it comes to exploring Epstein's troubled sexuality and the many excesses which contrasted with his gentlemanly bearing and polished manner. The book is based on a fabulous film about Epstein also done by Geller and Wall, and I'm glad they put the book out because the film isn't all that easy to find. But it's okay because the book tells so much more than even the film, and goes so much farther.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9940eac8) out of 5 stars Don't judge this book by its cover! 31 Dec. 2000
By Jon-Marc - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Ok - so the cover is so heinous that one wonders whether anyone is actually breathing at St Martin's Press. Despite that, this is a subtle and nuanced celebration of the life of a truly unsung hero - and a celebration it is, despite the temptation to characterize Epstein's life as a sordid tragedy, victim of the era etcetera etcetera. A truly original man, with his own share of demons, but also with the incredible vision to recognise in the Beatles that which the rest of us now take for granted - and this when they were nobodies, and he was the only one to recognise the genius.
What Debbie Geller conveys so beautifully is that transition from a normal life to a life lived in the strange swirl of celebrity. And by "curating" the book, rather than writing it (ie, leaving it in the words of the people she and Wall interviewed for the documentary), Geller allows the protagists to remember Epstein - it makes for an impressionistic protrait of him: complex, contradictory, filled with incredible life.
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HASH(0x99db4264) out of 5 stars Brian Epstein-the best way to honour his memory 4 Dec. 2000
By Georgios K. Baritakis - Published on
Format: Hardcover
this is a book about the life of the man who is known as the manager of the Beatles and suffered a sudden death back in 1967. when someone reads this book understands how much more was Brian Epstein than that. a man whos mind and ideas were revolutionary and changed the way millions of young people used to think and dream. its a story of a man who was more near than anybody to the world fenomenon The Beatles but never succeded to be one of them, driven himself to drugs and solitaty death. many personal moments of Epstein are there by the people who were THERE in his life. moments full of joy and sorrow both. when i read the book sometimes i felt i was around and that is a plus of the very live written book. if someone buys that book for another Beatle tribute will fail to the target. this is an Epstein tribute and was missing 30 years now. i wish i could buy the film also!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9941a648) out of 5 stars Enlightening 13 Nov. 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
It's been a few years since I've read any 'Beatle' books. (I had my fanatical Beatle phase in high school in the 80's.) But, something about this book drew me, so I bought it.
I think it's great at filling in some holes in the Beatle mythology. Brian's talents are very fully explained. His weaknesses are, too. Therefore, for the first time, he comes across as a more complete person.
He was obviously ahead of his time in terms of the music business. His artists loved him and respected him, but they didn't fear him.
It's interesting that after all this time, there's still conflict about his demise--did he or didn't he kill himself. It reminds me a bit of the Michael Hutchence accidental/suicide death.
I like the style of the book--the oral history with additional explanation. It leaves the history to the people who were there.
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