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Friday, January 19, 2018
Theatre Review: Cilla - The Musical

Cilla - The Musica honors the legacy of Cilla Black. The story of the loveable Liverpool girl's rise to fame is told heartwarmingly and vocals are delivered without fault across the cast. Andrew Lancel gives a strong performance as Brian Epstein, who portrays with great presence Epstein's struggle at balancing his demons with his work.

Source: Kent Online, UK
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Beatles ex-staffer invited to catch up with Paul McCartney in Australia

Former Londoner Joanne Petersen, who was the personal assistant for Beatles manager Brian Epstein in the 1960s, has received an invitation to catch up with a friend and former work mate, Paul McCartney, while's he on tour in Australia. She says it has been nearly 40 years since she has seen him and there is a lot to catch up on.

More: Brian Epstein  Source: ABC News, Australia
Friday, November 10, 2017
Tailor who made the Beatles' first suits passes away Warning: Page opens with sound

The man who made the The Beatles' first suits has died aged 83. Walter Smith crafted thousands of bespoke suits at his shop, Craft Tailoring, in Liverpool. In 1962, one of his regular customers was Brian Epstein and one day that summer he walked into the shop looking for clothes for the four lads in his new up and coming band.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Monday, October 23, 2017
The man behind the music: How Brian Epstein made the Sixties swing

Brian Epstein was just 28, but, in the eyes of his youthful proteges, practically middle-aged. It was the summer of 1963 and a cultural earthquake was resetting the foundations of British popular music. The Beatles had started it, but then right behind them came Gerry and the Pacemakers and Billy J. Kramer.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
California high school string quartet joins Beatles musical tour

The Buchanan High School string quartet from Clovis, California, will be joining professional actors on stage during the show "In my Life - A Musical Theater Tribute to the Beatles," next Friday, October 20. The show is the story of the Beatles through the eyes of manager Brian Epstein, and features live music from the tribute band Abbey Road.

Source: Your Central Valley
Monday, October 9, 2017
Speakers selected for Beatles at the Ridge 2018 Symposium

In celebration of John Lennon's 77th birthday, Lennon expert and biographer, Jude Southerland Kessler announced the Beatles at the Ridge guest speakers for the Beatles Authors and Artists Symposium 2018 in Walnut Ridge, AR. Slated for September 14-15, 2018, it is the educational component for the two-day music festival.

Source: Beatles News
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Founding member of the Fourmost passes away

Billy Hatton, who has died aged 76, was the bass player and harmony singer with the Fourmost, the Liverpool beat group signed in 1963 with the Beatles manager Brian Epstein. Their first hits, Hello Little Girl and I'm In Love, released later that year, were produced by George Martin and written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Never-before-seen photographs of the Beatles with the Maharishi

A fascinating selection of never-before-seen photos gives a rare glimpse into the Beatles trip to Bangor days before they learned of the death of Brian Epstein. The Beatles had travelled to the small seaside town in Wales to spend time with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The photos are expected to sell at auction for 15,000 (about $19,600).

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Andrew Lancel on playing Brian Epstein for a second time Warning: Page opens with sound

It's unusual for an actor to portray the same real-life figure more than once. Andrew Lancel play Brian Epstein in 2012, a play so successful it transferred to the West End. He's now set to play the man again in the much-anticipated musical telling the life story of Cilla Black. "I only play Brians now," Andrew Lancel laughs.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Monday, August 28, 2017
Legacy of legendary Beatles manager Brian Epstein who died 50 years ago

While some around him slammed the raw rock sound of Beatles John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and original drummer Pete Best, Brian Epstein saw the greatest band in history. By the time he died six years later from an accidental drug overdose, aged just 32, now 50 years ago today, his vision had become a reality.

Official Page: Mr. Brian Epstein  Source: The Mirror, UK
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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Brian Epstein exhibit opens at The Beatles Story in Liverpool

A new exhibit dedicated to the life and times of Brian Epstein has opened at The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool. The launch of the exhibit comes almost 50 years after the untimely death of the man who has often been referred to as the real "Fifth Beatle". Items going onto permanent display include Brian Epstein's original wool and cashmere coat.

Source: U Discover Music
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Hamburg and The Beatles' gritty roots

For the longest time, The Beatles Story started with manager Brian Epstein stumbling upon the group in Liverpool's Cavern Club in November 1961. But they would readily admit that it was in a North German port city that they cut their teeth. As John Lennon would famously quip, "I was born in Liverpool, but I grew up in Hamburg."

Source: Happy
Monday, July 31, 2017
50 Years Ago: Beatles lose manager gay manager Brian Epstein

In August 1967, Beatles manager Brian Epstein passed away at the age of 32. He spent his entire adult life introducing The Beatles to a global audience and helping them spread their message of love around the world. Yet Brian himself died lonely, never having had a proper boyfriend, and with UK's laws declaring homosexuality illegal still in force.

Source: Beatles Story, Liverpool
Monday, July 24, 2017
50 Years Ago: The Beatles argue for legalization of marijuana in the U.K.

The Beatles, who publicly came out in favor of the legalization of marijuana 50 years ago. The band members and manager Brian Epstein were all among the signatories when 64 of Britain's best and brightest were rounded up to urge discussion of the issue by taking out a full-page ad in the London Times on July 24, 1967.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, July 18, 2016
Good Ol' Freda documentary to be screened at Beatles festival

On Saturday, Sept. 17, Beatles at the Ridge 2016 will feature the award-winning film "Good Ol' Freda," the story of Freda Kelly, the official Beatles Fan Club Secretary for the duration of The Beatles' career. The film was released in 2013 to great acclaim at South By Southwest, and since then, it has won award after award.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles News
Monday, April 18, 2016
NY Metro Fest for Beatles Fans educates and entertains

Last weekend, the largest Fest for Beatles Fans since the 50th Anniversary New York Metro fest in 2014 rocked on in Rye Brook, NY. Record crowds, jamming the highway exits for 45 minutes on Saturday morning, flocked to the Fest's lovely new location to take part in comfortable annual rituals and exciting new offerings.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, January 25, 2016
Beatles Fan Club Secretary to speak at Beatles symposium

Freda Kelly, the official Beatles Fan Club Secretary for the duration of The Beatles' career will be the Honored Guest of the symposium presented by GRAMMY Museum of Mississippi and Delta State University. The film "Good Ol' Freda," will be shown on Saturday, 2 April and Ms. Kelly will speak to attendees and answer questions.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles News
Monday, August 31, 2015
The Beatles and Elvis Presley

Shortly before 6 p.m. on August 27, 1965, I got a call from Beatles road manager Mal Evans. "Get over to the house right away-we're going to see Elvis." The historic visit was to take place at Elvis' mansion in Bel Air. But then he added the disappointing kicker: "Brian says no photographers or tape recorders. Everything is off the record."

Source: Beatles News
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Liverpudlians reveal new Beatles stories at Beatlefest panels

At the Los Angeles Fest for Beatles Fans held October 10 thru 12 at the LA Airport Marriott hotel, there were several panel discussions that offered new stories into the early days of the Beatles in Liverpool as experienced by a diverse group of Liverpudlians, including Julia Baird, John Lennon's half-sister and Angie and Ruth McCartney.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, June 30, 2014
Epstein actor unveils Blue Plaque celebrating life of Beatles manager

TV and stage actor Andrew Lancel (Coronation Street and The Bill) joined special guests in London on Sunday to unveil a prestigious Heritage Foundation Blue Plaque to celebrate the life of Beatles' Manager, Brian Epstein. The invite was particularly poignant for the Southport actor who resumes the role of Brian...

Source: Beatles News Blog
Beatles historian honors Brian Epstein at Blue Plaque unveiling

Brian Epstein was honored on Sunday in London with the unveiling of a Blue Plaque on the building from which he managed the Beatles between 1964-1967. Keynote speaker for the event was humorist/producer and Beatles scholar Martin Lewis, who ran the 15-year campaign to get Epstein into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Friday, May 9, 2014
Beatles scholar Martin Lewis quits as emcee of Beatlefest conventions

After 22 years and 56 conventions, producer/humorist and Beatles scholar Martin Lewis, who was a protege of Beatles publicist Derek Taylor, has stepped down from his role as Master of Ceremonies of the Beatlefest conventions held in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas, San Diego, San Francisco, Boston and Orlando.

Source: Beatles News
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
New video clip presents entire Brian Epstein Hall of Fame Induction

A video clip newly-posted on YouTube gives admirers of the Beatles and Brian Epstein an opportunity to hear first-hand the induction of the Beatles manager into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10th. It is highly probable this will be truncated when shown on HBO, making this the only unedited record of the historic event.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles News
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Pattie Boyd Harrison remembers night Beatles heard Brian had died

At today's "A Salute to Brian Epstein" discussion panel at the NYC Fest for Beatles Fans, Pattie Boyd Harrison talked about the evening she found out Brian had died. She said, "They as a group would never be the same. I'll never forget the look on the Beatles face's that they would have to look after themselves."

Source: Beatles News
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Man who brought Beatles to America to be remembered in NYC

On Wednesday, February 12, family, friends and artists will come together to celebrate the life of and to pay tribute to Sid Bernstein, the legendary promoter also known as "the man who brought The Beatles to America" and "The Father of the British Invasion" at The Cutting Room in New York City.

Source: Beatles News

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