Brian Samuel Epstein

Brian Epstein as an infant

Brian Epstein as an infant (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Brian Samuel Epstein ( /ˈɛpstaɪn/; 19 September 1934 – 27 August 1967), was an English music entrepreneur; best known for being the manager of The Beatles, Cilla Black, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas, The Remo Four, and The Cyrkle. After attending boarding schools, being in the army, and training to be an actor at RADA, he returned to Liverpool to join the Epstein family business, which later led to him naming his own company NEMS Enterprises; an acronym for North End Music Stores, which his family owned.

In 1962, Epstein paid for The Beatles to record a demonstration tape at Decca’s London studios, but Decca declined to sign the group to a contract. After then approaching nearly all of the major recording companies in London and being rejected, Epstein met a record producer, George Martin, who offered a contract on behalf of EMI’s small Parlophone label. When Beatlemania swept the UK in November 1963, Epstein allowed a significant business opportunity to pass when he was besieged by offers from merchandisers, as he had already given away 90% of the merchandising rights to Stramsact in the UK, and Seltaeb (Beatles spelt backwards), in the US.

Epstein at The Cavern Club (photo by David Steen)

Epstein at The Cavern Club (photo by David Steen) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He later developed a drug dependence, but publicly supported the campaign for legalising cannabis, whilst unsuccessfully attempting rehabilitation in the same year. His love of gambling also took a heavy financial toll. Epstein’s homosexuality was a secret that had to be avoided throughout his public life, as it was not decriminalised in England and Wales until 1967; the year Epstein died of an accidental drug overdose at his home in London. The Beatles‘ early success has been attributed to his management and sense of style. Paul McCartney said of him: „If anyone was the Fifth Beatle, it was Brian“

Epstein’s family were Jewish; his grandfather, Isaac Epstein, was from Lithuania (then part of the Russian Empire), and arrived in England in the 1890s, at the age of eighteen.[1] His grandmother, Dinah, was the daughter of Joseph (a draper), and Esther Hyman, who had emigrated from Russia to England (c. 1871/72), with their eldest son, Jacob. The Hymans had six more children.

The Epstein family’s shops in Walton Road, Liverpool

Promotional photo of Epstein

Promotional photo of Epstein (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Isaac Epstein married Dinah Hyman in Manchester in 1900.[2] In 1901, Isaac and Dinah were living at 80 Walton Road, Liverpool, with Isaac’s sister, Rachael Epstein, above the furniture dealership he had recently founded.[3] Dinah and Isaac’s third son was Harry Epstein; the father of Brian Epstein.[4] Eventually the family moved to a larger home at 27 Anfield Road, Liverpool (now a Beatles-themed hotel called Epstein House). After Harry and his brother Leslie had joined the family firm, Isaac Epstein founded „I. Epstein and Sons“, and enlarged his furniture business by taking over adjacent shops, at 62/72 Walton Road, to sell a range of other goods such as musical instruments and household appliances.[4] They called the expanding business NEMS (North End Music Stores), which offered lenient credit terms, and from which McCartney’s father once bought a piano.[5][6][7]

Brian Epstein as a toddler

Brian Epstein

Brian Epstein (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Epstein’s mother was formally named Malka (although always known by her family as Queenie, Malka translating as „queen“ in Hebrew), and was a member of the Hyman furniture family, which owned the successful Sheffield Veneering Company.[4]

Epstein was born on 19 September 1934, in Rodney Street, Liverpool.[8] Harry and Queenie also had another son, Clive, who was born 22 months after his older brother.[9] During World War II, the Epsteins moved to Southport—where two schools expelled Epstein for laziness and poor performance—but returned to Liverpool in 1945.[10] The Epsteins lived at 197 Queens Drive, Childwall, in Liverpool, living there for 30 years.[11]

After his parents had moved him from one boarding school to another, including Clayesmore School in Dorset, the 14-year-old Epstein spent two years at Wrekin College in Shropshire, where he was taught the violin.[12] Shortly before his 16th birthday, he sent a long letter to his father, explaining that he wanted to become a dress designer, but Harry Epstein was adamantly opposed to the idea, and his son finally had to „report for duty“ at the family’s furniture shop.[13][9] After serving an apprenticeship for six months for another company,[14] he started work for his family’s business on a £5 per week wage, and was congratulated on his first day of work for selling a £12 dining room table to a woman who had originally wanted to buy a mirror.

Starr, McCartney, Lennon, Harrison and Epstein...

Starr, McCartney, Lennon, Harrison and Epstein at the preview of A Hard Day’s Night in 1964 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In December 1952, Epstein was drafted as a data entry clerk into the Royal Army Service Corps, and was posted to the Albany Street Barracks near Regent’s Park in London, where he was often reprimanded for not picking up his army pay.[13] After returning to Liverpool, he was put in charge of the Clarendon Furnishing shop in Hoylake, and in 1955 was made a director of NEMS.[9] In September 1956, he took a trip to London to meet a friend, but after being there for only one day, he was robbed of his passport, birth certificate, chequebook, wristwatch, and all the money he had on him. As he did not want his parents to find out, he worked as a department store clerk until he had earned enough money to buy a train ticket back to Liverpool.[15] Back in Liverpool, he confessed his homosexuality to a psychiatrist—a friend of the Epstein family—who suggested to Harry Epstein that his son should leave Liverpool as soon as possible. During the sessions Epstein revealed his ambition of becoming an actor, so his parents allowed him go to London to study.[9][15]

The Daily Mirror Headline: "EPSTEIN (The ...

The Daily Mirror Headline: „EPSTEIN (The Beatle-Making Prince of Pop) DIES AT 32“ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After saying the he „felt like an old man at the age of 21“,[16] Epstein attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), in London. His RADA classmates included actors Susannah York, Albert Finney and Peter O’Toole, but Epstein dropped out after the third term,[17] saying that he had become „too much of a businessman to enjoy being a student, and I didn’t like being a student at all.“[18] In 1964, he revealed that he would have liked to produce a theatre play, or even act, „in something by Chekov“, or a „straight drama“ by John Osborne.[19]

Back in Liverpool, his father put his son in charge of the record department of the family´s newly-opened NEMS music store on Great Charlotte Street.[20] Epstein worked „day and night“ at the store to make it a success, and it became one of the biggest musical retail outlets in the North of England.[21] The Epsteins opened a second store at 12–14 Whitechapel, and Epstein was put in charge of the entire operation. He often walked across the road to the Lewis’s department store (which also had a music section), where Peter Brown was employed. He watched Brown’s sales technique and was impressed enough to lure Brown to work for NEMS with the offer of a higher salary and a commission on sales.[22]
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The Beatles

Epstein at The Cavern Club (photo by David Steen)

The Cavern Club is a rock and roll club at 10 ...

The Cavern Club is a rock and roll club at 10 Mathew Street, Liverpool, England, where Brian Epstein was introduced to the Beatles on 9 November 1961. The club opened on January 16, 1957. From: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cavern_Club (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Beatles‘ name was supposedly first noticed by Epstein in issues of Mersey Beat, and on numerous posters around Liverpool, before he asked the editor of Mersey Beat, Bill Harry, who they were. Harry had previously convinced Epstein to sell the magazine at NEMS,[23] with The Beatles being featured on the front page of its second issue.[24][25] The Beatles had recorded the „My Bonnie“ single with Tony Sheridan in Germany, and some months after its release Epstein asked Alistair Taylor about it in NEMS.[26] Epstein’s version of the story was that a customer, Raymond Jones, walked into the NEMS shop and asked him for the „My Bonnie“ single, which made Epstein curious about the group.[27] Taylor later claimed that he had used the name of Jones (a regular customer), to order the single and paid the deposit himself, knowing that Epstein would notice it, and order further copies.[28] Harry and McCartney later repudiated Epstein’s story, as Harry had been talking to Epstein about The Beatles for a long time—being the group he promoted the most in Mersey Beat—with McCartney saying, „Brian [Epstein] knew perfectly well who The Beatles were; they were on the front page of the second issue of Mersey Beat“.[29] On 3 August 1961, Epstein started a regular music column in the Mersey Beat, called „Stop the World—And Listen To Everything In It: Brian Epstein of NEMS“.[30][31]

Alistair Taylor’s insider's biography on The B...

Alistair Taylor’s insider’s biography on The Beatles. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Beatles were due to perform a lunchtime concert in the Cavern Club on 9 November 1961.[17] According to the club’s owner, Sytner, Epstein had visited the club quite a few times previously on Saturday nights, once asking Sytner to book a group for his twenty-first birthday party.[32] Epstein asked Harry to arrange for Epstein and his assistant Taylor to watch The Beatles perform, with Epstein and Taylor being allowed into the club without queuing. They bypassed the line of fans at the door and heard a welcome message announced over the club’s public-address system by Bob Wooler, the resident DJ:[33] „We have someone rather famous in the audience today. Mr. Brian Epstein, the owner of NEMS…“[34][35]

Epstein later talked about the performance:
„I was immediately struck by their music, their beat, and their sense of humour on stage — and, even afterwards, when I met them, I was struck again by their personal charm. And it was there that, really, it all started“.[36]

Harry Potter

Harry Potter (Photo credit: Pixelsior)

After the performance, Epstein and Taylor went into the dressing room (which he later called „as big as a broom cupboard“), to talk to the group.[37] The Beatles, all regular NEMS customers, immediately recognised Epstein, but before he could congratulate them on their performance, George Harrison said, „And what brings Mr. Epstein here?“ Epstein replied with, „We just popped in to say hello. I enjoyed your performance“. He introduced Taylor, who merely nodded a greeting, and then said, „Well done, then, goodbye“, and left.[38] Epstein and Taylor went to Peacock’s restaurant in Hackins Hey for lunch, and during the meal Epstein asked Taylor what he thought about the group. Taylor replied that he honestly thought they were „absolutely awful“, but there was something „remarkable“ about them. Epstein waited a long time before saying anything further, just sitting there smiling slightly, but eventually exclaiming, „I think they’re tremendous!“ Later, when Epstein was paying the bill, he grabbed Taylor’s arm and said, „Do you think I should manage them?“[39]

Brian Epstein's childhood house

Brian Epstein’s childhood house (Photo credit: Anosmia)

The Beatles played at The Cavern over the next three weeks, and Epstein was always there to watch them. He contacted Allan Williams (their previous promoter/manager), to confirm that Williams no longer had any ties to them, but Williams advised him „not to touch them with a barge pole“, because of a Hamburg concert percentage the group had refused to pay.[40][41]
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Management contract

In a meeting with the group at NEMS on 3 December 1961, Epstein proposed the idea of managing The Beatles.[34] John Lennon, Harrison and Pete Best arrived late for the meeting, as they had been drinking at the Grapes pub in Matthew Street, but McCartney did not arrive on time, because, as Harrison explained, he had just got up and was „taking a bath“. Epstein was upset, but was placated by Harrison, who said, „He may be late, but he’ll be very clean.“[42] Lennon had invited Wooler to be at the meeting so he could give his opinion of Epstein, but introduced Wooler by saying, „This is me dad“.[43] Epstein was reticent throughout the short meeting, only asking if they had a manager. After learning that they had not, he said, „It seems to me that with everything going on, someone ought to be looking after you“.[44] He had further meetings with the group on 6 December and 10 December 1961.[45]

Brian Epstein Plaque Large

Brian Epstein Plaque Large (Photo credit: TonyMo22)

Being under the age of 21, McCartney, Harrison and Best had to have the legal consent of their parents to enter into a contract. Best and his mother—Mona Best, owner of The Casbah Coffee Club—were impressed with Epstein’s professional image, as were the other Beatles, because of him being a businessman, wearing expensive suits, and owning a large car. Best’s mother said that Epstein „could be good for them [The Beatles]“.[46] McCartney’s father was sceptical about a Jewish manager, and warned his son to be careful about finances.[47] Lennon’s aunt and guardian, Mimi Smith, was against the idea; believing that Epstein would lose interest when something else would attract his interest, but as Lennon had just turned twenty-one, his aunt’s advice was ignored.[48]

Seltaeb

Seltaeb (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Beatles finally signed a five-year contract with Epstein on 24 January 1962,[25] which gave Epstein 25 per cent of their gross income. The Beatles would then share any income after various expenses had been deducted.[45] Epstein then formed a management company, NEMS Enterprises, telling his parents that managing the group was only a part-time occupation and would not interfere with the family business.[36] Although The Beatles signed Epstein’s first management contract, he did not sign it himself. He later told Taylor, „Well, if they ever want to tear it up, they can hold me but I can’t hold them“.[49] (Note: English law would have enforced the contract through the doctrine of part performance).[50] The contract stated that Epstein would receive a management commission of 25 per cent of the group’s gross income after a certain financial threshold had been reached.[51] The Beatles argued for a smaller percentage, but Epstein pointed out that he had been paying their expenses for months without receiving anything in return.[52] On 1 October 1962, four days before the release of „Love Me Do“, Epstein signed Lennon and McCartney to a three-year NEMS publishing contract.[53][54][55]
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The Beatles‘ appearance on stage

A Beatles' badge, licenced by the Seltaeb company

A Beatles‘ badge, licenced by the Seltaeb company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Although Epstein had had no prior experience of artist management, he had a strong influence on their early dress code and stage demeanor.[49] They had previously worn blue jeans and leather jackets, and would stop and start songs when they felt like it, or when an audience member requested a certain song. Epstein encouraged them to wear suits and ties, insisted that they stop swearing, smoking, drinking or eating on stage, and also suggested the famous synchronised bow at the end of their performances.[56] McCartney was the first to agree with Epstein’s suggestions, believing it reflected Epstein’s RADA training.[57] Epstein explained that the process from leather jackets and jeans to suits took some time: „I encouraged them, at first, to get out of the leather jackets and jeans, and I wouldn’t allow them to appear in jeans after a short time, and then, after that step, I got them to wear sweaters on stage, and then, very reluctantly, eventually, suits.“[58] The collarless suits the group started wearing were of German design, which they had previously seen in Hamburg,[59] but which Epstein approved of: „I thought it was an excellent design at the time.“[60]

The Beatles at The Cavern Club

The Beatles at The Cavern Club (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lennon resisted wearing suits and ties, but later said, „I’ll wear a suit; I’ll wear a bloody balloon if somebody’s going to pay me“.[61] Epstein began seeking publicity by „charming and smarming… the newspaper people“, as Lennon said in 1972.[62] According to McCartney, „The gigs went up in stature and though the pay went up only a little bit, it did go up“, and that they were „now playing better places“.[63] The group was now far more organised, having one single diary in which to record bookings, rather than using whoever’s diary was to hand.[63] Although usually calling him „Mr. Epstein“ or „Brian“ in interviews, the group abbreviated his name to „Eppy“ or „Bri“ in private.[64]
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Record contract

The telegram that Epstein sent to Mersey Beat newspaper in Liverpool to announce that he had secured The Beatles their first recording contract

English: Photograph of The Beatles as they arr...

English: Photograph of The Beatles as they arrive in New York City in 1964 Français : Photographie de The Beatles, lors de leur arrivée à New York City en 1964 Italiano: Fotografia dei Beatles al loro arrivo a New York City nel 1964 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Epstein made numerous trips to London to visit record companies in the hope of securing a record contract, but was rejected by many, including Columbia, Pye, Philips, Oriole, and most notoriously, Decca.[65] On 13 December 1961, at Epstein’s invitation, Mike Smith of Decca records travelled from London to Liverpool to watch the group at The Cavern Club, which led to an audition in London on 1 January 1962 (see The Decca Audition).[45] Decca informed Epstein one month later that the audition tapes had been rejected. The Beatles later found out that Epstein had paid Decca producer Tony Meehan (ex-drummer of the Shadows) to produce the studio recordings.[65] While Epstein was negotiating with Decca, he also approached Ron White, an EMI marketing executive, who contacted EMI producers Norrie Paramor, Walter Ridley, and Norman Newell, but they all declined to record the group.[66] White could not contact EMI’s fourth staff producer, George Martin, as he was on holiday.[67]

On 8 May 1962, Epstein visited the HMV store (owned by EMI), at 363 Oxford Street, London, to have the Decca tape transferred to 78 rpm acetates. A HMV disc-cutter named Jim Foy liked the recordings, suggesting that Epstein should contact Sid Coleman, the head of EMI’s record publishing division, which controlled the publishing company Ardmore & Beechwood. Coleman liked the recordings, and sent Epstein to Martin, the A&R manager of Parlophone.[68] The next day, on 9 May 1962, Epstein met Martin at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios.

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English: The Beatles wave to fans after arriving at Kennedy Airport. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Supposedly, Martin had no intention of signing The Beatles after listening to the Decca recordings, but after learning that Epstein would cancel all his substantial NEMS business with EMI was a contract offered.[68][69] Martin denied this account by saying it was Epstein’s conviction that The Beatles would become internationally famous which finally convinced him to offer a recording contract.[49] He also later admitted that EMI had „nothing to lose“ by signing a contract with The Beatles, as the terms of payment were negligible. At this point the group had been rejected by almost every other British record company, and Martin had never heard the group live. The Beatles were eventually signed to EMI’s small Parlophone label, which had had very little experience with pop or rock artists. Upon signing the contract Epstein immediately sent a telegram to The Beatles (who were in Hamburg), and the Mersey Beat music paper in Liverpool.[70]

English: Paul McCartney, George Harrison and J...

English: Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon during a Beatles performance for Dutch television Nederlands: Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon tijdens een Beatlesoptreden voor de Nederlandse televisie. Hrvatski: Paul McCartney, George Harrison i John Lennon tijekom Beatles performansa za nizozemsku televiziju. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The recording contract gave The Beatles one penny for each record sold, which was split among the four members, meaning that each earned one farthing per copy. The royalty rate was further reduced for singles sold outside the UK; the group received half of one penny per single, which was again split between the whole group.[71] Martin scheduled the first recording session to be on 6 June 1962, at Abbey Road Studios. Epstein later renegotiated EMI’s royalty rate, and on 27 January 1967, The Beatles signed a new nine-year contract with EMI. The contract stipulated that 25 per cent would be paid to NEMS for the full nine years even if The Beatles decided not to renew their management contract with Epstein, which was up for renewal later that year.[72]
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The Dismissal of Pete Best

Liverpool

Liverpool (Photo credit: Vayes!)

After the first recording session on 6 June 1962, Martin had one reservation, as he felt the recording would be better served by using an experienced studio session drummer (which was normal practice at the time), instead of Best. [70] When the news came that Martin wanted to replace him on their recordings, Lennon, McCartney and Harrison asked Epstein to fire Best.[49] Epstein agonised about the decision, asking The Cavern’s DJ, Bob Wooler, if it was a good idea. Wooler replied that Best was „very popular with the fans“ who would not like it at all.[73] Epstein dismissed Best on 16 August 1962, over two and half months after the first recording session at EMI studios. Best was never given an explanation for his dimissal.[73]

Epstein initially offered the vacant position to Johnny Hutchinson, of The Big Three, a group Epstein later managed. Hutchinson turned down the offer, saying, „Pete Best is a very good friend of mine. I couldn’t do the dirty on him“, although Hutchinson did play for The Beatles at short notice when Best did not turn up on the evening of his dismissal, and also for two subsequent bookings, until Ringo Starr could join.[74] Starr was well known to the group, as he was then playing with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes; the resident group at Butlins´ holiday complex in Skegness. He had also occasionally replaced Best when the drummer was ill, and had performed at a recording session with Lennon, McCartney and Harrison in Hamburg.[70]
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After Candlestick Park

The Beatles‘ hectic schedule of touring, television, and film work between 1963–65 kept Epstein very busy. Their last live concert was at Candlestick Park in San Francisco on 29 August 1966, and Epstein’s management duties then changed to reflect the changing nature of their career. Although he pressured them to continue touring, they steadfastly refused.[75]
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Business dealings

Epstein (standing), with some of his NEMS artists (Lennon, Starr, Harrison and McCartney are on the far left).

Epstein once offered all four Beatles a fixed wage of £50 a week for life. Harrison remembered that he was earning £25 a week at the time, which was more than the £10 a week his father was earning. The group declined Epstein’s offer, believing they were worth much more than £50 a week.[76]

NEMS had a staff of twenty-five at the time of its move from Liverpool to London in 1964.[77] The Beatles‘ concerts were booked by NEMS, and as it also presented groups as an opening act, it accrued monies as promoter, booking agent and manager for all concerts.[78] The Beatles were constantly in demand by concert promoters, and Epstein took advantage of the situation to avoid paying some taxes by accepting „hidden“ fees on the night of a performance, which he always kept in a brown paper bag.[79]

Epstein also successfully managed Gerry & the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas (who had three hits with Lennon–McCartney songs), the Fourmost (their first two singles were written by Lennon), the Cyrkle (Epstein’s first American group), and Cilla Black (who was Epstein’s only female artist), as well as Tommy Quickly, and Sounds Incorporated (later known as Sounds Inc.).[80] He sent his roster of artists on „package tours“ around the UK; a common practice at the time. This involved short sets by each act, alternating with a compère and/or a comedian.[81] Epstein once revealed that even though he was entitled to be reimbursed by acts for expenses incurred, he paid for his own flights to and from the US, as he did not see himself as being part of a touring group.[82] Photographs, transport and international telephone calls were paid from his own 25 per cent share in profits.[83]

The Beatles toured the Philippines in July 1966, playing two shows at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manilla.[84] Epstein unintentionally snubbed the nation’s first lady, Imelda Marcos, when presented with an invitation to a breakfast party.[85] He had politely declined on behalf of the group, as it was their policy never to accept such official invitations.[86] The Beatles and their entourage were ejected from their hotel on the same day and were given a police escort to the airport, even though Epstein had publicly apologised for the misunderstanding in a televised statement, which was not seen or heard because of static.[84] The entourage boarded the plane for home, but Epstein and Beatles‘ assistant, Mal Evans, were ordered off, with both believing they would not be allowed back on the plane.[87] Epstein was forced to give the tax authorities £6,800 worth of Philippine peso notes earned from the Manila shows, and he also had to sign a tax bond verifying the exchange before being allowed back on the plane with Evans.[88]

Liverpool waterfront

Liverpool waterfront (Photo credit: djmcaleese)

Epstein added the Vic Lewis Organisation to NEMS in 1966,[81] and later brought impresario Robert Stigwood in as a manager. He once offered to sell the control of NEMS to Stigwood, without telling any of his artists about the offer.[89] McCartney was taking a more active interest in NEMS‘ finances as it became known that some artists with more ruthless managers—such as the Rolling Stones, under the management of Allen Klein—claimed to be benefiting from more commercially advantageous terms. After Epstein’s death, Clive Epstein assumed control of NEMS, being the company’s second largest shareholder.[90] Stigwood then tried to take over management of NEMS, but all four Beatles vigorously objected, with Lennon saying, „We don’t know you. Why would we do this?“[89]

McCartney admitted that they had always signed all the contracts Epstein presented to them without reading them first, but after Epstein’s death, Lennon complained, „Well, he was alright. I’ve found out since, of course, that he wasn’t quite as honest to us as he made out“. Despite this, other interviews with Lennon report him as being loyal to Epstein’s memory: „We had complete faith in him when he was running us. To us, he was the expert“.[91][92] When asked in 1964 about his standing as a manager or businessman, Epstein replied, „Fair, as a businessman, fair. I’ve got a business background, and probably a reasonable business brain. I’m no, sort of, genius [laughter].“ Asked about his deficiencies, Epstein replied, „I’m probably too conscious of ideas, rather than finance behind ideas.“[93]
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Merchandising
Main article: Seltaeb

Liverpool Skyline

Liverpool Skyline (Photo credit: RichardLowkes)

Before The Beatles achieved nationwide success in Britain, Epstein had permitted a company (run by his cousins and initially catering to fan club members),[94] to produce Beatles‘ sweaters for 30 shillings and badges for 6 pence. It sold 15,000 sweaters and 50,000 badges as the group’s popularity grew.[95] When Beatlemania swept the UK in November 1963, Epstein was besieged by novelty goods companies desperate to use The Beatles‘ name on plastic guitars, drums, disc racks, badges, belts and other merchandise. Epstein refused to allow The Beatles to endorse any product directly, but through NEMS Enterprises he granted discretionary licences to companies who were able to produce quality products at a fair price, even though many companies were already selling products without a licence.[96]

Liverpool, South

Liverpool, South (Photo credit: Jon Newman)

During the first Beatles‘ trip to the US, merchandisers pitched many products to Epstein, including Beatles clocks, pens, cigarette lighters, plastic wigs, bracelets, games, etc., but he rejected them all. This was because he had already allowed David Jacobs, the lawyer for NEMS, to give away 90 per cent of merchandising rights to one Nicky Byrne, in England. This was later deemed to be a disastrous mistake, as it left only 10 per cent for Epstein, NEMS and The Beatles.[97] Byrne then took over Epstein’s Stramsact merchandising in the UK and set up Seltaeb (Beatles spelled backwards), in the US. While The Beatles were ensconced in the Plaza Hotel in New York, Epstein was further besieged by calls and visits from promoters, retailers, television commentators, and hustlers.[98]

The telegram that Epstein sent to Mersey Beat ...

The telegram that Epstein sent to Mersey Beat magazine to announce that he had secured The Beatles their first recording contract (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mindful of the number of records the group was selling in the US, Capitol Records sent a well-spoken Yorkshire woman, Wendy Hanson, to the Plaza Hotel to act as Epstein’s secretary and to filter his calls.[99] Hanson later worked solely with Epstein in his Albemarle Street office in London, which was separate from the NEMS office.[100] Lennon later said, „On the business end he [Epstein] ripped us off on the Seltaeb thing“.[101] McCartney said years later, „He [Epstein] looked to his dad for business advice, and his dad knew how to run a furniture store in Liverpool“.[102]
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Lenmac

Epstein (standing) with some of his NEMS artis...

Epstein (standing) with some of his NEMS artists (Lennon, Starr, Harrison and McCartney are on the far left). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Epstein asked chartered accountant James Trevor Isherwood to set up a company to collect Lennon and McCartney’s PRS payments—called Lenmac—which he did on 12 May 1964. When he first visited Epstein’s office, Isherwood was surprised to learn that Epstein took 25 per cent of the gross income, and not the 10 per cent that he believed most other managers received at that time.[103] All of Epstein’s expenses were deducted from his artists‘ gross income, including office rental, staff wages, travel, telephone costs, and entertaining expenses.[104] Before his death, Epstein knew that the renegotiation of his management contract (up for renewal on 30 September 1967), would lower his management fee from 25 to 10 per cent, and that NEMS would no longer receive a share of The Beatles‘ performance fees, reducing its revenues still further.[105]
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Publishing
Main article: Northern Songs

The Epstein family's shops in Walton Road, Liv...

The Epstein family’s shops in Walton Road, Liverpool, where Jim McCartney bought a piano. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Beatles entered into a publishing agreement with Dick James Music (DJM), so James set up a company called Northern Songs. James and his financial partner and accountant, Charles Silver, would each receive 25 per cent of the shares. Lennon and McCartney received 20 per cent each, with Epstein receiving the remaining 10 per cent.[106] The Beatles‘ PRS income increased rapidly, so Epstein asked Isherwood to devise a way of avoiding the tax that Lennon and McCartney would owe. Isherwood suggested a stock market flotation for Northern Songs. He also suggested to Epstein that during the flotation Lennon and McCartney should move to houses near Isherwood’s own in Esher. Lennon, Harrison and Starr agreed, while Epstein and McCartney remained in London.[107]
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Promoter and presenter

After settling in London in 1965, Epstein rented an office in Monmouth Street, and later bought the lease of the Saville Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue.[108][109] He promoted new works by writers such as Arnold Wesker, in productions that occasionally fell foul of the Lord Chamberlain for including „obscene“ content or nudity. In 1966 Epstein reinvented it as a music venue featuring various US acts.[110] On 20 February 1967, Epstein sacked the manager of the theatre, one Michael Bullock, for lowering the safety curtain the previous day shortly before the end of a Chuck Berry concert that Epstein was attending with Lennon and Starr. Two fans had climbed onto the stage to dance, the curtain came down, and they were pushed from the stage. Although Bullock had not given the order, he was held responsible.[111] In the wake of The Beatles‘ success Epstein was asked to appear on several music-based TV programmes in Britain. He also hosted a regular part of the US TV show Hullabaloo, filming his appearances in the UK.[49]
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Personal life

Throughout Epstein’s life he was known to be kind and caring to his family, friends of his family, and business colleagues. When Lennon married Cynthia Powell, on 23 August 1962, Epstein served as best man and paid for the couple’s celebration lunch afterwards.[112][113] During Cynthia’s pregnancy Epstein paid for a private room in a hospital and offered the Lennons the sole use of his flat on Falkner Street, Liverpool, when they needed a home. He also agreed to be godfather to Lennon’s son Julian.[114][115]
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Sexual orientation

Epstein’s homosexuality was not publicly known until some years after his death, although it had been an open secret among his friends and business associates.[25]

While Epstein was in the Army, he commissioned a tailor to make an officer’s uniform for him that he wore when cruising the bars of London, but was arrested one night at the Army and Navy Club in Piccadilly by the Military Police for impersonating an officer. Epstein managed to avoid a court martial by agreeing to see an army psychiatrist, who learned of Epstein’s sexuality.[116] After 10 months he was discharged from the army on medical grounds for being „emotionally and mentally unfit“. Epstein later stated that his first homosexual experience was when he returned to Liverpool after being discharged.[17][117]

Epstein spent a year studying acting at RADA, but dropped out shortly after his arrest for „persistent importuning“ outside a men’s public toilet in Swiss Cottage, London.[118] When Epstein first saw The Beatles perform he noticed their stage attire first, saying, „They were rather scruffily dressed, in the nicest possible way, or I should say in the most attractive way: black leather jackets, jeans, long hair of course.“[119] McCartney said that when Epstein started to manage The Beatles they knew that he was homosexual but did not care, because he encouraged them professionally and offered them access to previously off-limits social circles.[25]

Although Lennon often made sarcastic comments about Epstein’s homosexuality to friends and to Epstein personally, no-one outside the groups‘ inner circle was allowed to comment. Ian Sharp, one of Lennon’s art school friends, once made a sarcastic remark about Epstein, saying, „Which one of you [Beatles] does he fancy?“ Sharp was sent a letter by Epstein’s office within 48 hours that demanded a complete apology.[61] Sharp apologised, but was then completely ostracised. McCartney sent him a letter directing him to have no contact with any of them in the future.[120] Epstein went on holiday to places such as Amsterdam and Barcelona, or Manchester at weekends, as the attitude to homosexuals there was more forgiving than Liverpool, even though Liverpool did have several gay bars.[118]

In his biography, Best claims that Epstein drove them both to Blackpool one evening where Epstein expressed his „very fond admiration“. Epstein then supposedly said, „Would you find it embarrassing if I ask you to stay in a hotel overnight?“ Best replied that he was not interested, and the two never mentioned the incident again.[61] There were reports of a brief sexual encounter between Lennon and Epstein during a four-day holiday in Barcelona, in April 1963. Lennon always denied the rumours, telling Playboy in 1980: „Well, it was almost a love affair, but not quite. It was never consummated… but we did have a pretty intense relationship“. Lennon’s first wife Cynthia also maintains that Lennon’s relationship with Epstein was platonic.[121] A fictionalised account of the Spanish holiday is featured in the 1991 film, The Hours and Times.[122]

Epstein’s autobiography, A Cellarful of Noise, was published in the UK in October 1964, and later in the US. It was ghost-written by journalist Derek Taylor, who had served as Epstein’s assistant that year, and then as the publicist for NEMS from 1968–1970.[49] Lennon reportedly once quipped that the memoir should have been titled A Cellarful of Boys.[123] Male homosexual activity was illegal in England and Wales until September 1967, when it was decriminalised; one month after Epstein’s death.[124]
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Drug use

After the start of his management career, Epstein started taking stimulants, usually Preludin, which did not require a prescription at the time. Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr had also taken it since their days in Hamburg. Epstein explained his use of the drug as the only means of staying awake at night during numerous concert tours.[125] In 1964, Brown suspected that Epstein was taking too many pills, as he would often cough at parties, which Brown realised was Epstein’s way of secretly putting pills into his mouth without anyone noticing.[126] McCartney often met Epstein at late night clubs in London, remembering that Epstein would often grind his jaws, and once saying, „Ugghhh, the pills“ to McCartney.[127]

In 1964, after having been introduced to cannabis by Bob Dylan in New York, Epstein was observed by McCartney standing in front of a mirror, pointing at himself and repeatedly saying „Jew!“, while laughing loudly, which McCartney found hilarious and „very liberating“.[128] Epstein later became heavily involved in the 1960s drug scene. During the four months when the Sgt. Pepper album was being recorded, Epstein spent his time on holiday, or at the Priory Clinic in Putney, where he tried unsuccessfully to curb his drug use. He left the Priory to attend the Sgt. Pepper launch party at his house on 24 Chapel Street, but returned to the Priory immediately after.[129][130]

24 Chapel Street, London, where Epstein lived, and later died

Epstein added his name to an advertisement that appeared in The Times on 24 July 1967, which called for the legalisation of cannabis, the release of all prisoners imprisoned because of possession, and research into marijuana’s medical uses. The advertisement was sponsored by a group called Soma and was signed by sixty-five people, including The Beatles, Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing, sixteen doctors, and two members of parliament.[131] Epstein responded to questions about the advertisement by saying, „My opinion is that pot smoking is definitely less harmful than drinking alcohol. I am not addicted to either, but I have been very drunk and very ‚high‘.“[81] On 19 June 1967, after McCartney had admitted to his LSD use, Epstein defended him to the media, admitting that he had taken the drug himself.[132]
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Gambling

On 27 August 1965, The Beatles and Epstein visited Elvis Presley at his house in Perugia Way in Los Angeles, where Elvis‘ manager, Colonel Tom Parker, set up a roulette wheel and several packs of playing cards. Epstein immediately asked to play, as he was known for his love of gambling.[133] McCartney frequently visited gambling clubs in London, such as Curzon House, Epstein’s favourite club,[134] where he often ran into Epstein.[127] He once saw Epstein put a Dunhill lighter worth £100 on the table, then lose it during a game of cards. Epstein often lost thousands of pounds by playing baccarat or chemin de fer, but would stay at Curzon House the whole evening, eating an expensive meal and drinking fine wines. The club never presented Epstein with a bill, as they knew he lost so much in the casino.[127]
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Death

The Daily Mirror Headline: „EPSTEIN (The Beatle-Making Prince of Pop) DIES AT 32“

Epstein attended a traditional shiva in Liverpool after his father died, having just come out of the Priory clinic where he had been trying to cure his acute insomnia and addiction to amphetamines.[135] A few weeks before his death, he made his last visit to a Beatles‘ recording session on 23 August 1967, at the Chappell Recording Studios on Maddox Street, London.[136]

On 24 August, Epstein asked Brown and Geoffrey Ellis down to Kingsley Hill for the Bank Holiday weekend. Approximately 50 miles from his home in Chapel Street, Kingsley Hill was Epstein’s country home in Warbleton, East Sussex. After they arrived, Epstein decided to drive back to London alone because an expected group of rent boys he had invited failed to arrive, although they did turn up after Epstein left.[105] Epstein phoned Brown at 5pm the next day from his Chapel Street house in London. Brown thought that Epstein sounded „very groggy“, and suggested that he take a train back down to the nearest train station, in Uckfield, instead of driving under the influence of Tuinals. Epstein replied that he would eat something, read his mail and watch Juke Box Jury before phoning Brown to tell him which train to meet. He never called again.[105]

Epstein died of an overdose of Carbitral, a form of barbiturate or sleeping pill,[105] in his locked bedroom, on 27 August 1967. He was discovered after his butler had knocked on the door, and then hearing no response,[137] asked the housekeeper to call the police.[81] Epstein was found on a single bed, dressed in pyjamas, with various correspondence spread over a second single bed.[137] At the statutory inquest his death was officially ruled an accident; caused by a gradual buildup of Carbitral in his system, combined with alcohol.[137] It was revealed that he had taken six Carbitral pills in order to sleep, which was probably normal for him, but in combination with alcohol they reduced his tolerance to lethal levels.[105]

The Beatles were in Bangor at the time, with the Indian guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Epstein had previously agreed to travel to Bangor after the August Bank Holiday.[138][139] The shocked and stunned Beatles asked the Maharishi for his advice, and were told, „being within the direct realm of the physical world, [Epsteins‘ death] is not important“.[140] A concert by Jimi Hendrix at Epstein’s Saville Theatre was cancelled on the evening of his death.[138]

Brown wrote in his memoir, The Love You Make: An Insider’s Story of The Beatles, that he had once found a suicide note written by Epstein and had spoken with him about it personally. According to Brown the note read in part, „This is all too much and I can’t take it any more“. Brown had also found a will in which Epstein left his house and money to his mother and his brother, with Brown also being named as a minor beneficiary. When confronted with the notes, Epstein told Brown that he would be grateful if Brown did not tell anyone, and was sorry he had made Brown worry. He explained that when he wrote the note and composed the will he had simply taken one pill too many, and that he had no intention of overdosing, promising to be more careful in the future. Brown later wrote that he wondered if he had done the right thing by not showing the note to Epstein’s doctor, Norman Cowan, who would have stopped prescribing drugs.[141] The coroner, Gavin Thurston, told the Westminster inquest that Epstein’s death was caused by an overdose of Carbitral, and ruled it as an accidental death. The pathologist, Dr. Donald Teare, stated that Epstein had been taking bromide in the form of Carbitral for some time, and that the barbiturate level in Epstein’s blood was a „low fatal level“.[142]

The Beatles did not attend Epstein’s funeral to allow his family some privacy, and to avoid attracting fans and the media.[61] Epstein was buried in section A grave H12, in the Long Lane Jewish Cemetery, Aintree, Liverpool.[143] The service at the graveside was held by Rabbi Dr Norman Solomon, who said, disparagingly, that Epstein was „a symbol of the malaise of our generation“.[144] A few weeks later on 17 October, all four Beatles attended a memorial service for Epstein at the New London Synagogue in St John’s Wood (near Abbey Road Studios), which was officiated by Rabbi Louis Jacobs.[61]
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Legacy

Epstein was overlooked when Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr were honoured with the MBE in 1965, even though Harrison had once said that the MBE stood for „Mister Brian Epstein“.[145] The Beatles were among the earliest entrants into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but Epstein has not been included in the Hall’s „Non-Performer’s Section“. Martin Lewis—previously Taylor’s assistant—created The Official Brian Epstein Website, which includes a petition that Epstein be inducted into the Hall of Fame.[9] Lewis also organised the 1998 re-publication, in the US, of Epstein’s 1964 autobiography, A Cellarful of Noise.[9]

McCartney summarised the importance of Epstein when he was interviewed in 1997 for a BBC documentary about Epstein, saying, „If anyone was the Fifth Beatle, it was Brian“.[146][147] In his 1970 Rolling Stone interview, Lennon commented that Epstein’s death marked the beginning of the end for the group: „I knew that we were in trouble then… I thought, ‚We’ve fuckin‘ had it now'“.[37][148] Thirty years after Epstein’s death, McCartney said, „Brian would really be happy to hear how much we loved him“.[61] The first contract between The Beatles and Epstein was auctioned in London in 2008, fetching £240,000.[149]

Epstein was once asked about the future of The Beatles, and as he termed it, their „fresh honesty“, which the interviewer thought could be „corrupted by time“. He replied by saying, „I think they will go in the reverse direction, and become more honest.“[150]
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Notes
^ Spitz 2005, pp. 258–259.
^ 1881 census (England)
^ 1901 census (England)
^ a b c Spitz 2005, p. 255.
^ Spitz 2005, p. 71.
^ Miles 1997, pp. 23–24.
^ Brown & Gaines 2002, p. 62.
^ Spitz 2005, p. 254.
^ a b c d e f „Mr. Brian Epstein“. Springtime!. Retrieved 18 April 2008.
^ Spitz 2005, p. 2557.
^ Chris Ingham (28 October 2003). The Rough Guide to The Beatles. Rough Guides. ISBN 978-1-84353-140-1. Retrieved 22 October 2007.
^ „Frankly Speaking : Brian Epstein (time: 11.27)“. BBC. 23 March 1964. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
^ a b Spitz 2005, p. 259.
^ „Frankly Speaking : Brian Epstein (time: 10.12)“. BBC. 23 March 1964. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
^ a b Spitz 2005, p. 261.
^ „Frankly Speaking : Brian Epstein (time: 10.43)“. BBC. 23 March 1964. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
^ a b c Frankel, Glenn (26 August 2007). „Nowhere Man“. The Washington Post. Retrieved 19 April 2008.
^ „Frankly Speaking : Brian Epstein (time: 11.00)“. BBC. 23 March 1964. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
^ „Frankly Speaking : Brian Epstein (time: 27.19)“. BBC. 23 March 1964. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
^ Spitz 2005, p. 263.
^ Spitz 2005, p. 264.
^ Brown & Gaines 2002, p. 63.
^ Miles 1997, p. 84.
^ Spitz 2005, pp. 264–265.
^ a b c d Miles 1997, p. 88.
^ Spitz 2005, p. 265.
^ Miles 1997, pp. 84–85.
^ „Alistair Taylor – Hello Goodbye“. Liddypool. Retrieved 18 October 2008.
^ „The Birth of Mersey Beat (p5)“. Bill Harry/Mersey Beat Ltd.. Retrieved 12 June 2009.
^ Cross 2004, p. 36.
^ Spitz 2005, p. 257.
^ Brocken 2010, p. 73.
^ Spitz 2005, pp. 266-268.
^ a b Miles 1997, p. 85.
^ Spitz 2005, pp. 266–268.
^ a b „Mr. Brian Epstein“. Springtime!. Retrieved 16 May 2011.
^ a b ”The Beatles Anthology” DVD 2003 (Episode 1 – 0:57:59) Epstein talking about his first meeting with The Beatles.
^ Spitz 2005, pp. 268–269.
^ Spitz 2005, p. 269.
^ Miles 1997, p. 75.
^ Frankel, Glenn (26 August 2007). „Nowhere Man (p.3)“. The Washington Post. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
^ „Frankly Speaking : Brian Epstein (time: 06.45)“. BBC. 23 March 1964. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
^ Spitz 2005, p. 272.
^ Spitz 2005, p. 273.
^ a b c Miles 1998, p. 41.
^ Spitz 2005, pp. 273–274.
^ The Beatles et al. (2000) p. 65
^ Spitz 2005, p. 274.
^ a b c d e f „Mr. Brian Epstein“. Springtime!. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
^ „The Doctrine of Part Performance“. Google docs. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
^ Miles 1997, pp. 144–145.
^ 1881 census (England)
^ 1901 census (England)
^ a b c Spitz 2005, p. 255.
^ Spitz 2005, p. 71.
^ Miles 1997, pp. 23–24.
^ Brown & Gaines 2002, p. 62.
^ Spitz 2005, p. 254.
^ a b c d e f „Mr. Brian Epstein“. Springtime!. Retrieved 18 April 2008.
^ Spitz 2005, p. 2557.
^ Chris Ingham (28 October 2003). The Rough Guide to The Beatles. Rough Guides. ISBN 978-1-84353-140-1. Retrieved 22 October 2007.
^ „Frankly Speaking : Brian Epstein (time: 11.27)“. BBC. 23 March 1964. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
^ a b Spitz 2005, p. 259.
^ „Frankly Speaking : Brian Epstein (time: 10.12)“. BBC. 23 March 1964. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
^ a b Spitz 2005, p. 261.
^ „Frankly Speaking : Brian Epstein (time: 10.43)“. BBC. 23 March 1964. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
^ a b c Frankel, Glenn (26 August 2007). „Nowhere Man“. The Washington Post. Retrieved 19 April 2008.
^ „Frankly Speaking : Brian Epstein (time: 11.00)“. BBC. 23 March 1964. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
^ „Frankly Speaking : Brian Epstein (time: 27.19)“. BBC. 23 March 1964. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
^ Spitz 2005, p. 263.
^ Spitz 2005, p. 264.
^ Brown & Gaines 2002, p. 63.
^ Miles 1997, p. 84.
^ Spitz 2005, pp. 264–265.
^ a b c d Miles 1997, p. 88.
^ Spitz 2005, p. 265.
^ Miles 1997, pp. 84–85.
^ „Alistair Taylor – Hello Goodbye“. Liddypool. Retrieved 18 October 2008.
^ „The Birth of Mersey Beat (p5)“. Bill Harry/Mersey Beat Ltd.. Retrieved 12 June 2009.
^ Cross 2004, p. 36.
^ Spitz 2005, p. 257.
^ Brocken 2010, p. 73.
^ Spitz 2005, pp. 266-268.
^ a b Miles 1997, p. 85.
^ Spitz 2005, pp. 266–268.
^ a b „Mr. Brian Epstein“. Springtime!. Retrieved 16 May 2011.
^ a b ”The Beatles Anthology” DVD 2003 (Episode 1 – 0:57:59) Epstein talking about his first meeting with The Beatles.
^ Spitz 2005, pp. 268–269.
^ Spitz 2005, p. 269.
^ Miles 1997, p. 75.
^ Frankel, Glenn (26 August 2007). „Nowhere Man (p.3)“. The Washington Post. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
^ „Frankly Speaking : Brian Epstein (time: 06.45)“. BBC. 23 March 1964. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
^ Spitz 2005, p. 272.
^ Spitz 2005, p. 273.
^ a b c Miles 1998, p. 41.
^ Spitz 2005, pp. 273–274.
^ The Beatles et al. (2000) p. 65
^ Spitz 2005, p. 274.
^ a b c d e f „Mr. Brian Epstein“. Springtime!. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
^ „The Doctrine of Part Performance“. Google docs. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
^ Miles 1997, pp. 144–145.
^ Lennon 2005, p. 103.
^ „Actual Contract“. Beatle Money. Retrieved 18 April 2008.
^ Perry 2009, p. 10.
^ Lewisohn 2006, p. 61.
^ Spitz 2005, pp. 279–280.
^ Miles 1997, p. 96.
^ „Frankly Speaking : Brian Epstein (time: 04.58)“. BBC. 23 March 1964. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
^ „The „Collarless“ Suit“. Beatles Suits. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
^ „Frankly Speaking : Brian Epstein (time: 05.32)“. BBC. 23 March 1964. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
^ a b c d e f Frankel, Glenn (26 August 2007). „Nowhere Man (p4)“. The Washington Post. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
^ The Beatles et al. (2000) p. 66
^ a b The Beatles et al. (2000) p. 67
^ Barrow 2006, p. 31.
^ a b Miles 1997, p. 89.
^ Coleman 1989, pp. 88–89.
^ Coleman 1989, pp. 93–94.
^ a b Hill 2007, p. 17
^ „Schultheiss Day in the Life p32“
^ a b c Miles 1997, p. 90.
^ Brown & Gaines 2002, p. 79.
^ Flippo 1988, p. 244.
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^ „Bill Harry on Pete Best’s Sacking“. Triumphpc.com. Retrieved 22 October 2011.
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^ „Epstein ‚wanted Beatles fortune'“. BBC News. 3 October 2000. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
^ „Frankly Speaking : Brian Epstein (time: 00.47)“. BBC. 23 March 1964. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
^ Brown & Gaines 2002, p. 102.
^ Brown & Gaines 2002, p. 110.
^ „Frankly Speaking : Brian Epstein (time: 00.30)“. BBC. 23 March 1964. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
^ a b c d „Brian Epstein Dies At His Home“. The Glasgow Herald. 28 August 1967. p. 1.
^ „Frankly Speaking : Brian Epstein (time: 01.48)“. BBC. 23 March 1964. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
^ „Frankly Speaking : Brian Epstein (time: 02.29)“. BBC. 23 March 1964. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
^ a b „This Day in Music: 4 July“. This Day in Music. 7 April 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
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^ Spitz 2005, p. 620.
^ Spitz 2005, p. 624.
^ Spitz 2005, p. 625.
^ a b Spitz 2005, pp. 725–726.
^ „Epstein death query“. Ottawa Citizen. 29 August 1967. p. 3.
^ Miles 1997, p. 146.
^ McCabe & Schonfeld 1984, p. 90.
^ „Frankly Speaking : Brian Epstein (time: 28.16)“. BBC. 23 March 1964. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
^ Mojo Magazine (2002). Special Limited Edition # M-04951 , p. 100
^ Coleman 1989, p. 35.
^ Spitz 2005, p. 465.
^ Spitz 2005, pp. 465–466.
^ Spitz 2005, pp. 468–464.
^ Spitz 2005, p. 464–465.
^ Spitz 2005, p. 667.
^ McCabe & Schonfeld 1984, p. 91.
^ Robinson, John (2 November 2003). „Get Back and other setbacks“. London: The Guardian. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
^ 1881 census (England)
^ 1901 census (England)
^ a b c Spitz 2005, p. 255.
^ Spitz 2005, p. 71.
^ Miles 1997, pp. 23–24.
^ Brown & Gaines 2002, p. 62.
^ Spitz 2005, p. 254.
^ a b c d e f „Mr. Brian Epstein“. Springtime!. Retrieved 18 April 2008.
^ Spitz 2005, p. 2557.
^ Chris Ingham (28 October 2003). The Rough Guide to The Beatles. Rough Guides. ISBN 978-1-84353-140-1. Retrieved 22 October 2007.
^ „Frankly Speaking : Brian Epstein (time: 11.27)“. BBC. 23 March 1964. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
^ a b Spitz 2005, p. 259.
^ „Frankly Speaking : Brian Epstein (time: 10.12)“. BBC. 23 March 1964. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
^ a b Spitz 2005, p. 261.
^ „Frankly Speaking : Brian Epstein (time: 10.43)“. BBC. 23 March 1964. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
^ a b c Frankel, Glenn (26 August 2007). „Nowhere Man“. The Washington Post. Retrieved 19 April 2008.
^ „Frankly Speaking : Brian Epstein (time: 11.00)“. BBC. 23 March 1964. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
^ „Frankly Speaking : Brian Epstein (time: 27.19)“. BBC. 23 March 1964. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
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^ Spitz 2005, p. 264.
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^ a b c d Miles 1997, p. 88.
^ Spitz 2005, p. 265.
^ Miles 1997, pp. 84–85.
^ „Alistair Taylor – Hello Goodbye“. Liddypool. Retrieved 18 October 2008.
^ „The Birth of Mersey Beat (p5)“. Bill Harry/Mersey Beat Ltd.. Retrieved 12 June 2009.
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^ a b „Mr. Brian Epstein“. Springtime!. Retrieved 16 May 2011.
^ a b ”The Beatles Anthology” DVD 2003 (Episode 1 – 0:57:59) Epstein talking about his first meeting with The Beatles.
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^ Spitz 2005, p. 269.
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^ Frankel, Glenn (26 August 2007). „Nowhere Man (p.3)“. The Washington Post. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
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^ a b c d e f „Mr. Brian Epstein“. Springtime!. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
^ „The Doctrine of Part Performance“. Google docs. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
^ Miles 1997, pp. 144–145.
^ Lennon 2005, p. 103.
^ „Actual Contract“. Beatle Money. Retrieved 18 April 2008.
^ Perry 2009, p. 10.
^ Lewisohn 2006, p. 61.
^ Spitz 2005, pp. 279–280.
^ Miles 1997, p. 96.
^ „Frankly Speaking : Brian Epstein (time: 04.58)“. BBC. 23 March 1964. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
^ „The „Collarless“ Suit“. Beatles Suits. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
^ „Frankly Speaking : Brian Epstein (time: 05.32)“. BBC. 23 March 1964. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
^ a b c d e f Frankel, Glenn (26 August 2007). „Nowhere Man (p4)“. The Washington Post. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
^ The Beatles et al. (2000) p. 66
^ a b The Beatles et al. (2000) p. 67
^ Barrow 2006, p. 31.
^ a b Miles 1997, p. 89.
^ Coleman 1989, pp. 88–89.
^ Coleman 1989, pp. 93–94.
^ a b Hill 2007, p. 17
^ „Schultheiss Day in the Life p32“
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External links
The Official Brian Epstein Website
Epstein biography and sound clips
Epstein’s Gravesite
„The Fifth Beatle“ Website (A website about a proposed movie about Epstein)
Fyne Times – Brian Epstein
BBC Archive interview with Epstein
Lasting Legacy: Beatle Number Five article

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Brian Samuel Epstein (* 19. September 1934 in Liverpool, England; † 27. August 1967 in London, England) war ein britischer Geschäftsmann, der bekannt wurde als Manager der Musikgruppe The Beatles und weiterer Gruppen aus Liverpool.

Brian Epstein wuchs mit litauisch-englischen Eltern auf und wurde jüdisch erzogen. Während des Zweiten Weltkriegs zog die Familie nach Southport. Im Jahr 1944 kehrte er mit seinen Eltern nach Liverpool zurück und besuchte nach häufigem Schulwechsel 1949 die neunte Schule. Im November 1952 wurde Brian Epstein zum Wehrdienst eingezogen und diente im Royal Army Service Corps, das er im März 1954 wegen psychischer Probleme wieder verlassen musste.[1] Am 31. August 1955 wurde er von seinem Vater zum Direktor bei Isaac Epstein & Sons (Liverpool) Ltd. – einem von zwei elterlichen Möbelgeschäften – ernannt. Nach einem kurzen Aufenthalt bei der RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts) ab September 1956 übernahm er im Oktober 1957 erneut einen Job im Geschäft seines Vaters, einem Elektroladen mit Waschmaschinen, Fernseh- und Radiogeräten.[2]

Die elterlichen Möbel- und Elektroläden befanden sich zunächst im Stadtteil Everton, wo Jim McCartney (Paul McCartneys Vater) bei Harry Epstein (Brian Epsteins Vater) ein Klavier gekauft hatte. Nach dem Umzug ins nahegelegene Liverpool bestand ein Drittel des Ladens aus einer Schallplattenabteilung, die dem Geschäft den Firmennamen Northern End Music Stores (NEMS) gab. Diesen durfte Epstein übernehmen, als 1957 in der Innenstadt von Liverpool ein zweiter Laden eröffnet wurde. Epstein interessierte sich zunächst nicht für Popmusik, bemerkte aber die sich intensivierende Nachfrage. Cliff Richards Titel Living Doll hatte ab Januar 1959 alle Verkaufsrekorde des Ladens gebrochen.[3] Der Ladenangestellte Alistair Taylor erinnerte sich danach, dass Epstein eines Tages darauf wettete, dass die Ray-Charles-Single Georgia on My Mind das Potential für eine Nummer eins hätte.[4] Der im Dezember 1960 in England erschienene Titel erreichte dort nie den ersten Rang, aber zuvor in den USA am 14. November 1960.
Beatles-Platte [Bearbeiten]

Brian Epstein bemerkte die Beliebtheit der Liverpooler Musikzeitung Mersey Beat und bestellte zwölf Dutzend Exemplare der zweiten Ausgabe vom 20. Juli 1961.[5] Darin wurde gemeldet, dass die – nur regional bekannten – Beatles einen Plattenvertrag bei der deutschen Polydor unterschrieben hätten. Das war am 1. Juli 1961 geschehen, nachdem sie zuvor am 22. Juni 1961 in der Friedrich-Ebert-Halle[6] in Hamburg-Heimfeld als Begleitmusiker für Tony Sheridan die Single My Bonnie (My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean)/The Saints (When the Saints Go Marching In) mit dem Produzenten Bert Kaempfert aufgenommen hatten. Die Single benennt als Interpreten „Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers” und verkaufte in Deutschland 100.000 Exemplare.[7] Unsicher ist sich die Fachwelt über das deutsche Veröffentlichungsdatum, doch wird überwiegend vom 23. Oktober 1961 ausgegangen.

Wenige Tage später gab es im NEMS-Laden einige Anfragen zur nicht vorrätigen Beatles-Single My Bonnie. Epsteins Laden-Assistent Alistair Taylor notierte dies am 28. Oktober 1961, und Epstein fand heraus, dass die Single in Deutschland produziert und veröffentlicht worden war. Nach weiteren Anfragen recherchierte Epstein den Aufenthaltsort der Gruppe und bestellte beim Großhandel die Mindestmenge von 25 Exemplaren. Diese waren schnell verkauft, sodass es zu Nachbestellungen kam. Am 9. November 1961 besuchte er mit Alistair Taylor ein Beatles-Konzert im Cavern Club und nahm dort ersten Kontakt mit der Gruppe auf.[8] Epstein war beeindruckt von ihrer Musik, ihrem Rhythmus und ihrem Humor auf der Bühne. Für den 10. Dezember 1961 war ein Treffen zwischen Epstein und der Gruppe im NEMS-Laden anberaumt.
Epstein wird Beatles-Manager [Bearbeiten]

Hier einigte man sich, dass Epstein der Manager der Gruppe werden sollte.[9] Der am 1. Februar 1962 beginnende und vom Familienanwalt Rex Makin vorbereitete Fünf-Jahres-Vertrag sah eine Einkommensbeteiligung von zunächst 10 % für Epstein vor, bei Überschreitung des Schwellenbetrages von Pfund 1.500 jährlich erhöhte sich die Beteiligung auf 15 %. Weiterhin sah der Vertrag vor, dass Epstein die Gruppe „in sämtlichen Angelegenheiten beraten solle, die Kleidung, Aussehen („make-up“), Präsentation und Strukturierung des Auftritts betreffen.“[9] Epstein war der Choreograph der synchronen Verneigung der Beatles am Ende eines jeden Auftritts. Dieses saubere, adrette Auftreten machte die Beatles für ein größeres Publikum akzeptabel. Am 24. Januar 1962 unterschrieben die vier Beatles – die damals aus John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison und Pete Best bestanden–, nicht jedoch Epstein. Dieser sorgte für eine konsequente Umsetzung des Managementvertrags und verpasste den Beatles das Image disziplinierter, gut gekleideter und ordentlicher Jungs. Epstein, seit 3. August 1961 Kolumnist des Mersey Beat, nutzte nun jede Gelegenheit zur Verbreitung des Beatles-Namens.
Plattenvertrag [Bearbeiten]

Hauptziel Epsteins war die Vermittlung eines Plattenvertrages für die Beatles, denn deren Plattenvertrag mit der deutschen Polydor Records endete am 24. Juni 1961. Die Epsteins verfügten inzwischen über neun Plattenläden in Liverpool mit über 500.000 Platten im Lagerbestand, was auch britischen Plattenfirmen nicht verborgen blieb. Am 18. Dezember 1961 erhielt er eine Absage von Ron White, weil EMI kein Interesse an der Gruppe habe. Immerhin gelang Epstein danach bei Decca, einen Termin für Probeaufnahmen für den 1. Januar 1962 zu erhalten, der von Mike Smith überwacht wurde. Auch hier gab es eine Absage durch Chef Dick Rowe, weil man Brian Poole & The Tremeloes bevorzugt hatte. Weitere Absagen von Pye, Philips und Oriole folgten, doch der unermüdliche Manager versuchte es noch einmal bei EMI. Für den 13. Februar 1962 wurde ein Treffen mit dem Labelchef George Martin des EMI-Tochterlabels Parlophone vereinbart, und ein weiteres Treffen fand am 9. Mai 1962 statt. Ergebnis war eine Probeaufnahme am 6. Juni 1962. Noch im selben Monat bot Parlophone den Beatles einen Plattenvertrag an, den sie unterschrieben. Die erste reguläre Aufnahmesession war für den 4. September 1962 vorgesehen, an dem die Single Love Me Do/P.S. I Love You in den Abbey Road Studios entstand – der Rest ist Geschichte.
Epstein wird Manager weiterer Künstler [Bearbeiten]

Epstein übernahm die Funktion eines Managers auch bei anderen Gruppen aus Liverpool, darunter Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Big Three, Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas, The Fourmost, The Remo Four sowie die Solisten Tommy Quickly und Cilla Black. Epstein hatte bei der Anzahl von Künstlern die Idee, zusammen mit seinem Bruder Clive Epstein eine Managementgesellschaft zu gründen, in der das Künstlermanagement gebündelt werden konnte. So kam es zur Gründung von NEMS Enterprises am 26. Juni 1962, deren Kapital hälftig von den Brüdern gehalten wurde.

Mittlerweile war Love Me Do am 5. Oktober 1962 ohne besondere Öffentlichkeitsarbeit veröffentlicht worden und konnte bis auf Rang 17 der britischen Charts vordringen. Dabei verstummten die Gerüchte nie, dass Brian Epstein 10.000 Exemplare als Inhaber seines Plattenladens NEMS zur Verbesserung der Chart-Platzierung geordert habe.[10] Nicht nachhelfen musste Epstein bei der am 22. Januar 1963 aufgenommenen ersten Single How Do You Do It? von Gerry & The Pacemakers, die damit noch vor den Beatles die erste Topnotierung erreichen konnten. Die Spitzenposition der britischen Charts schafften außer den Beatles auch die von Epstein gemanagten Billy J. Kramer und Cilla Black.

Am sensationellen Welterfolg der Beatles konnte Epstein sowohl finanziell als auch ideell partizipieren, die Medien klassifizierten ihn als „fünften Beatle“, auch wenn er künstlerisch nicht eingriff wie es andere Manager zu jener Zeit praktizierten. Mit zunehmender Bekanntheit seiner berühmtesten Schützlinge hatte er keine Mühe mehr, für sie Auftritte zu organisieren. Dennoch wurden ihm einige ungünstige Entscheidungen angelastet wie etwa die Vergabe von 90 % der Rechte am Beatles-Merchandising an eine fremde Firma.[11]

Unzufrieden über die schwache Werbung für Love Me Do durch den EMI-Konzern und dessen Musikverlag Ardmore & Beachwood, entschied sich Epstein auf Empfehlung von Beatles-Produzent George Martin für den gerade im September 1961 gegründeten Musikverlag Dick James Music Ltd. Gefragt danach, wie Dick James sich die Promotion der neuen Single Please Please Me vorstelle, rief dieser den Produzenten der neuen Fernseh-Show „Thank Your Lucky Stars“ an. Er erreichte, dass die Beatles in der Show am 19. Januar 1963 in der populären Musiksendung auftreten durften,[12] und Dick James Music wurde der künftige Musikverlag der Beatles.[13] Ein Jahr später war es Epstein gelungen, die Beatles am 9. Februar 1964 in der Ed Sullivan Show zu platzieren und damit den wichtigen amerikanischen Markt zu erschließen.

Im Oktober 1964 erschien Epsteins Autobiografie „A Cellarful of Noise“ (Ein Keller voller Lärm), die er zusammen mit dem Journalisten Derek Taylor verfasst hatte. Am 20. Dezember 1964 kaufte er für sich ein fünfstöckiges georgianisches Wohnhaus in Londons Stadtteil Belgravia (24 Chapel Street) für 60.000 Pfund, das noch Bedeutung erlangen sollte.
Niedergang [Bearbeiten]

Anfang 1967 schien der mittlerweile drogensüchtige Epstein in dem Maße Interesse an seinen Aufgaben zu verlieren, wie die Beatles sich im Erfolg steigerten. Die am 1. Februar 1967 fällige Vertragsverlängerung des ersten Managementvertrages mit den Beatles kam nicht zustande. Seine Enttäuschung hierüber äußerte er gegenüber seinem Branchenkollegen Larry Parnes. Am 19. Mai 1967 organisierte Epstein in seinem Wohnhaus Chapel Street einen Presseempfang für das bald erscheinende Konzeptalbum Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Am Freitag, dem 25. August 1967, bereitete sich Epstein auf ein Wochenende mit Freunden für private Feiern zum bevorstehenden Veröffentlichungstermin des Sgt.-Pepper-Albums in seinem Wochenendhaus Kingsley Hill/Sussex vor. Auf der drogengeladenen Party waren Leute aus dem Musikgeschäft – auch drei Beatles − in Sgt.-Pepper-Kostümen erschienen. Noch am Freitagabend fuhr Epstein mit dem Versprechen nach London, wieder zum Wochenendhaus zurückzukehren. Als er am Sonntag, dem 27. August 1967 immer noch nicht zurückgekommen war, versuchte man, ihn telefonisch in der Chapel Street zu erreichen. Das schlug fehl. Als sich die Vermutung verstärkte, dass etwas nicht stimmen könnte, ließ man in Anwesenheit von Epsteins Hausarzt die Wohnungstüren aufbrechen. Epstein lag tot auf seinem Bett, gestorben an einer Überdosis Carbitral-Schlaftabletten.[14]
Einzelnachweise [Bearbeiten]
↑ Bill Harry: The Ultimate Beatles Encyclopedia. 1993, S. 224.
↑ Debbie Geller: The Brian Epstein Story. 2000, S. 23.
↑ Debbie Geller, a.a.O., S. 33.
↑ Debbie Geller, a.a.O., S. 31 f.
↑ die erste Ausgabe erschien am 6. Juli 1961; Barry Miles/Keith Badman, The Beatles Diary: The Beatles Years, 2001, S. 39.
↑ Kein Tonstudio, sondern eine Schulaula, die unter anderem für Konzerte genutzt wird.
↑ Bill Harry, a.a.O., S. 478.
↑ Die Beatles gastierten hier seit dem 21. März 1961 als Hausband.
↑ a b Bill Harry, a.a.O., S. 225.
↑ Mark Lewisohn: The Beatles Recording Sessions. London: Hamlyn, 1988. S. 22.
↑ Bill Harry, a.a.O., S. 229.
↑ Aufgenommen am 13. Januar 1963.
↑ Genau genommen war die eigens am 28. Februar 1963 neu gegründete Northern Songs Ltd. der Beatles-Musikverlag, verwaltet von Dick James Music.
↑ L. John Perkins: A Day in the Life. 2005, S.212.
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