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Beatles historian honors Brian Epstein at Blue Plaque unveiling
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 06/30/14 2:21 pm] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]

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, on Sutherland House in Argyll Street in the heart of London's West End. Epstein's company NEMS Enterprises was headquartered there on the fifth floor of the building from the height of Beatlemania in 1964 until shortly after his tragic accidental death in August 1967, aged just 32.

Keynote speaker, humorist/producer and Beatles scholar Martin Lewis, who instigated and ran the ultimately successful 15-year campaign to get Epstein into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, said at the event, "This is a remarkable and joyous occasion and so fitting that Brian should be honored at the location from which he orchestrated the transformation of the Beatles from four young hopefuls into the global cultural and social phenomenon that they became and have remained for the last 50 years. Thanks to The Heritage Foundation, the Blue Plaque will now become a new landmark where Beatles fans visiting London can pay their respects to the man without whom we most assuredly would never have had the gift of the Beatles.

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The Beatles and Brian Epstein in 1964

"Now that Brian is finally in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has been saluted with this prestigious Blue Plaque, there is still more for admirers of Brian to do. Lovers of the Beatles must make sure that fellow fans, especially the younger ones, know how crucial Brian was to their success. The LGBT community should take greater pride in the massive achievements of this sensitive, brilliant man who was gay in an era when society deemed being gay as aberrant behavior punishable by imprisonment. And the Jewish community ought to express more pride in the vast contributions to the world's culture that emanated from a young man who was a proud Jew at a time of pervasive antisemitism in Britain.

"Brian gave us the Beatles. Now we must do everything we can to ensure that Brian is given his due. My pal Andrew Oldham, Rolling Stones manager and producer, sums it up best. He said, 'The Beatles changed our lives. Brian Epstein changed theirs.'"

Mr. Lewis is also the creator/host of the official Brian Epstein website.

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