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The Man Who Made the Beatles: An Intimate Biography of Brian Epstein

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For the millions of Beatle fans, this is the story of the man behind the Fab Four. This dramatic, untold story focuses on the life of the man sometimes called The Fifth Beatle from his stunning success at packaging the group to his tortured life and premature death in 1967. 32 pages of photos.


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For the millions of Beatle fans, this is the story of the man behind the Fab Four. This dramatic, untold story focuses on the life of the man sometimes called The Fifth Beatle from his stunning success at packaging the group to his tortured life and premature death in 1967. 32 pages of photos.

30 review for The Man Who Made the Beatles: An Intimate Biography of Brian Epstein

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mick Meyers

    I don't usually read books about the music business,but made an exception to the rule.it was a good read,told me quite a bit about Brian epstein both in private life and business acumen.serendipity brought the Beatles and Brian together.but in doing so created a monster that took over the cosiness of original business of just the Beatles,gerry and the pacemakers,and cilla black.the usual story of too much too soon.too many artistes and many business ventures led to a loss of the original hands o I don't usually read books about the music business,but made an exception to the rule.it was a good read,told me quite a bit about Brian epstein both in private life and business acumen.serendipity brought the Beatles and Brian together.but in doing so created a monster that took over the cosiness of original business of just the Beatles,gerry and the pacemakers,and cilla black.the usual story of too much too soon.too many artistes and many business ventures led to a loss of the original hands on concept.a man riddled with contradictions but you get the overall idea he was a nice guy who got swallowed up by bigger sharks and hangers on.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jane Hanser

    Some winds blew my way to steer me to this book, after years of loving and listening to the Beatles, and of being an original member of the "Beatlemania" wave. Maybe it was something that somebody said about Brian Epstein, the man who "made" the Beatles, but I took myself over to the library and chose this book. I'm glad I did. Having been swept up in the wave, I had no idea what was behind it. In fact, Brian was behind it, and this book tells about the boy, the man, the man's career, the Beatle Some winds blew my way to steer me to this book, after years of loving and listening to the Beatles, and of being an original member of the "Beatlemania" wave. Maybe it was something that somebody said about Brian Epstein, the man who "made" the Beatles, but I took myself over to the library and chose this book. I'm glad I did. Having been swept up in the wave, I had no idea what was behind it. In fact, Brian was behind it, and this book tells about the boy, the man, the man's career, the Beatles and their career, and in fact pop music in general and its arc. It also shows us how the music business has changed from the days when a man who works in the record department of his parents' furniture store could walk into "The Cavern" in Liverpool and see a promising young band and shoulder them, to today, when everything is big business. Brian was brilliant, Brian had integrity, and Brian cared. With all his friends, he was also lonely, having thrown himself into his performers, and was caught between his Jewish heritage and love for his parents, his homosexuality (which his parents, by the way, accepted), and society's norms, when at that time homosexuality was a crime in the UK. Today we don't see that much integrity and we don't see that much caring for the personal side of ones protegees - just remember Michael Jackson and how his managers pushed him to go on stage and perform an enormous number of shows, when he was sick and ill. The book contained so much detail. Coleman did an amazing job of research. Some readers may learn more than they want to, but there's no doubt that Brian's life, though short, was complex, that he touched many, and that he singularly had a major influence on the direction of music as we know it today. It was sad to read that John Lennon had some anti-Semitic streaks in him and that he frequently berated Brian both for his homosexuality and for his Jewishness. It was interesting to read about John, Paul, George and Ringo from the perspective of individuals who knew them closely, and from their interactions with Brian. I enjoyed reading about Cilla Black, who's talent I (perhaps being an American) had never known of, and I went online and saw her performances, which were knockout. She was a Brian discovery, too. In the end it was a little difficult to follow the time sequencing of everything, the writing sometimes moved forward then shifted backward then forward again, but this book was worth it and provides a very 4-dimensional view, OVER TIME, of people, places and industries who we now take for granted. That said, we too often lose our perspective on what we take for granted today. This book gives us a thorough and human view of how the world literally turned on Brian Epstein's discovery and stewardship of four young musicians who, with their brilliant musicianship and sparking personalities, literally changed the world.

  3. 5 out of 5

    William Guerrant

    A sympathetic telling of Brian Epstein's story, Ray Coleman's book is credible, well-researched and well-written. Perhaps because he seems to be writing for a British audience, Coleman assumes readers will know that he was the editor of Melody Maker, a popular and widely-circulated magazine in the U.K. Without this information his occasional use of the first person is less understandable. A sympathetic telling of Brian Epstein's story, Ray Coleman's book is credible, well-researched and well-written. Perhaps because he seems to be writing for a British audience, Coleman assumes readers will know that he was the editor of Melody Maker, a popular and widely-circulated magazine in the U.K. Without this information his occasional use of the first person is less understandable.

  4. 5 out of 5

    JOSEPH OLIVER

    An excellent easy going read of a man I knew nothing about for a man who is not really interested in music! But then neither was Mr Epstein - or pop music at least. He had an ear for it but confined it to his working hours. Mind you, in the absence of a personal life that was 24/7. I had watched a BBC documentary about the man but knew nothing about him. He did seem a tragic figure for one who was so successful. His death could so easily have been avoided. This is very much an insider's book and o An excellent easy going read of a man I knew nothing about for a man who is not really interested in music! But then neither was Mr Epstein - or pop music at least. He had an ear for it but confined it to his working hours. Mind you, in the absence of a personal life that was 24/7. I had watched a BBC documentary about the man but knew nothing about him. He did seem a tragic figure for one who was so successful. His death could so easily have been avoided. This is very much an insider's book and one much helped by the Epstein family. His homosexuality is discussed quite a lot as it was the source of much personal anguish for him and a lot of insults or innuendo by his artistes. He endured it but at a great cost. The book is very much focused on the man and not on him as an appendix for the Beatles so if you want to know more about them you will have to read another book. The author does not do 'kiss and tell' or rake up any of Epstein's nocturnal trysts with a person or persons unknown. I suspect it is because most of them were casual pick ups - he holidayed alone and disappeared from late night parties to cruise the streets, much to the anxiety of his friends and work colleagues. Out of respect for those still living no names of his lovers (who never stayed around very long anyway) are mentioned - except for one. A very worthwhile read, a lively style and will give a well rounded picture of a much talented but tortured individual.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sunspark

  6. 5 out of 5

    Robin

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rogitate

  8. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lois

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chris

  11. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rod Plumb

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brett

  14. 5 out of 5

    Arnold

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dee Brock

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alan's Archives

  17. 4 out of 5

    Chris Ball

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sim

  19. 4 out of 5

    Carlton Corinna

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stuart Hersh

  21. 5 out of 5

    Johnny

  22. 5 out of 5

    Conner Purcell

  23. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin Bickel

  24. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    I'd rate this as 3 stars for the writing, but 4 stars for the overview of Epstein's life. The author meanders a bit with the timeline and repeats certain points over and over again. It does illustrate Epstein's complex personality and business dealings. I really appreciated that some of Epstein's business deals, which have been viewed in a very negative way in many later Beatles biographies, are placed within the context of the times. He was very savvy in some ways and hopelessly naive in others I'd rate this as 3 stars for the writing, but 4 stars for the overview of Epstein's life. The author meanders a bit with the timeline and repeats certain points over and over again. It does illustrate Epstein's complex personality and business dealings. I really appreciated that some of Epstein's business deals, which have been viewed in a very negative way in many later Beatles biographies, are placed within the context of the times. He was very savvy in some ways and hopelessly naive in others. It was very sad to read of Brian's utter isolation and loneliness. Warning to Beatles fans--they aren't in the book all that much. If you want background on the man that launched them and what went in to make them a success (in addition to their own talent, of course), than this book is a start. It will be interesting to see how the same events will be covered in Lewisohn's second volume to his epic biography of the band.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Steven Antar

  26. 4 out of 5

    jaydro

  27. 4 out of 5

    Riley Fitzgerald

  28. 4 out of 5

    Verity Bracken

  29. 4 out of 5

    Auntie Christ-ine

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Epstein

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