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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
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Liverpool's best-known lawyer Rex Makin passes away

Rex Makin, one of Liverpool's best-known personalities, passed away in the last 24 hours, according to the Liverpool Echo. Mr. Makin was the family solicitor to Brian Epstein, who in 1963 sought his advice on setting up a perpetually binding contract between himself and the Beatles. He was also credited with creating the term Beatlemania.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Sunday, June 25, 2017
John's idea for a song for BBC TV show becomes world-wide love anthem

In 1967, when Brian Epstein told the Beatles they were to be filmed making their next record, they were already deeply involved in making Sgt. Pepper. With a distinct lack of enthusiasm, John finally said, "Oh, OK, I'll do something for that." Brian told him, "You have a platform, why don't you use it for this universal message?"

Related Articles  Source: Los Angeles Times
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
Friday, January 10, 2014
Fans to share evening of intimate conversation with Beatles friends

On Thursday, February 6, the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first weekend in America, New York's 92nd Street Y will present an evening of intimate conversation with some of the Beatles' friends - Peter Asher, Donovan, Billy J. Kramer, Freda Kelly and Vince Calandra, moderated by Beatles scholar Martin Lewis.

Source: Beatles News
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Beatles scholar on the recognition finally of Brian Epstein

I am thrilled and delighted that 15 years after the campaign was launched to have Brian Epstein honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it is finally going to happen. The most under-sung hero across the Beatles' universe, without Brian Epstein's passionate belief in them, the Beatles' genius might well have gone undiscovered by the world.

More Information  Related Articles  Source: Beatles News
Saturday, November 2, 2013
New book reveals Lennon never forced to choose between mum and dad

Acclaimed Beatles historian and author Mark Lewisohn has changed the course of Beatles history in his new book, "Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years," that goes places no other Beatles book has ever gone before, changing the way you see the Beatles in so many ways, providing answers for questions long asked by Beatles fans.

Source: Beatles News
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Gerry Marsden appears at hotel that honors Brian Epstein

Last Tuesday, Channel 5's The Hotel Inspector TV series featured Epstein House, a charming 8 room hotel in Anfield, right behind Liverpool's Anfield Stadium. Gerry Marsden and Sam Leach were in attendance. Also attending the event was the Liverpool Lord Mayor Gary Millar who took a strong interest because he co-owns a recording studio and has produced several albums. Epstein House features one of the largest private collections of Brian Epstein memorabilia outside of the Epstein family.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Birthday Tea for Brian at Epstein Theatre to aid charity

Next week, Liverpool's Epstein Theatre once again throws open its doors to the public for a now annual Open Day in honor of the late Mr. Brian Epstein's birthday. The 2013 Open Day, extra special this year as the theatre celebrates its centenary year, takes place on Thursday September 19, which would have been Brian's 79th Birthday.

Source: Beatles News
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Good Ol' Freda then and now

In 1962, a skinny Liverpudlian lass was hired by Brian Epstein to work as a secretary in his store. The story of that courageous, smart and honest young woman, Freda Kelly, is being told in a brand new film out this week called "Good Ol' Freda!" And this is one movie you'll not want to miss, even if you have to drive a bit to see it.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles News
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Freda Kelly talks about Good Ole Freda on Beatles radio show

Freda Kelly who served as the Official Beatles Fan Club Secretary will be the featured guest on The John Lennon Hour on Beatles-A-Rama Radio this Sunday night. She'll give an hour interview about her time working with John, Paul, George, Ringo, and Brian Epstein and will speak candidly about some of her memories of those days.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles News
Monday, May 13, 2013
New Beatles insider book launches in Liverpool tomorrow

Joe Flannery's new book on The Beatles, Standing in The Wings - The Beatles, Brian Epstein And Me, launches tomorrow with a star-studded event at Liverpool's Beatles Story. Joe Flannery has been described as the "Secret Beatle", an integral part of The Beatles" management team during their rise to fame in the early 1960s.

Source: Beatles News
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Good Ol' Freda documentary big hit at San Francisco Int'l Film Festival

The new film "Good Ol' Freda," screened tonight at the San Francisco International Film Festival before a full house and was well received. It tells story of how young 17 year old Freda Kelly got her dream job as Brian Epstein's Secretary and then soon after as the "Beatles Fan Club Secretary" to keep up with the growing Beatles fan mail.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles News
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Award-winning Beatles musical returns to San Pedro

Award-winning Beatles musical, In My Life, returns to San Pedro, California, on Feb. 23. The musical biography of the Beatles through the eyes of manager Brian Epstein features the live music of renowned tribute band, Abbey Road, and gives the audience a chance to "be there" at pivotal moments in the extraordinary career of the Beatles.

Source: Beatles News
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Beatles best mate Tony Bramwell joins Abbey Road on the River

Organizers of Abbey Road on the River have added former CEO of Apple Records Tony Bramwell to the team as consultant and speaker for the 2013 event. Bramwell grew up in Liverpool with Beatles George, Paul, and John, and is considered to be "The Authority" of all things Beatles. 2013 will mark the 12th year of Abbey Road on the River.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, November 19, 2012
Review: Andrew Lancel dazzles as Brian Epstein

Andrew Lancel, familiar to audiences from his many appearances on The Bill and Coronation Street, dazzles as Brian Epstein in the new play, Epstein: The Man Who Made the Beatles, currently at the newly renovated Epstein Theatre. Playwright, Andrew Sherlock, and director Jen Heyes, get the story right about the Beatles Manager.

Source: Beatles News
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Bill Harry Love Me Do book now free for Kindle download

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Love Me Do, the Kindle ebook edition of Love Me Do: The Inside Story of the Recording of the Beatles' First Single by Bill Harry, is now free to download through until next Tuesday, October 9. Longtime Beatles friend and fan Bill Harry takes the reader behind the scenes in this 46 page book.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Monday, September 17, 2012
Theatre throws open its doors for Brian Epstein's birthday

The brand new Epstein Theatre is to throw open its doors to the public on Wednesday 19th September, the birth date of Mr Brian Epstein, to give people the opportunity to come and have a look around the beautiful £1m restoration of the theatre formerly The Neptune and renamed after the Beatles manager this year.

Source: Beatles News
Saturday, July 14, 2012
The Cruise For Beatles Fans 2013 sails in March

The fourth annual Cruise for Beatles Fans (formerly known as the Beatles Tribute Cruises) has put together another Star Studded cast of Beatles friends and musicians to entertain their private group of Beatles fans. The cruise will set sail from Ft Lauderdale on March 3rd, 2013, for 7 nights to the Caribbean aboard Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas.

Source: Beatles News
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Beatles author lowers her book prices during tough times

World-acclaimed Beatles author Jude Southerland Kessler has lowered the price of the first two books in her John Lennon Series. Kessler's expanded biographies on the life of John Lennon, Shoulda Been There and Shivering Inside, were originally priced at $29.95. They are both now $19.95 if bought through her website.

Source: Beatles News Blog

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