06. June 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Biographies, Tracy

In My Life by Debbie Geller, 174 pages, read by Tracy, on 06/06/2012

I grew up during Beatlemania. The Beatles are amazingly talented musicians and song writers. But I didn’t realize how much Brian Epstein contributed to their success. He grew up in Liverpool in a family that owned a furniture store. He didn’t want to be a part of it but when they opened a record store he quickly took to it and made it a success. The customers came to his store to listen mostly to the latest songs of the 60’s. When he went to the Cavern, a popular club in Liverpool, and saw The Beatles perform he knew that he wanted to be their manager. They agreed and the rest is history. Everyone loved Brian but he had a lot of emotional ups and downs. Being homosexual in England at the time was illegal and he also took advantage of the easy access to drugs. Despite all his problems he developed a new way of managing musicians that changed their appearance, attitude and took care of the details that touring required. His life came to a sad end too early.  This book is made up of commentary by people who knew Brian and lived through his life. After his death The Beatles refused to have any other manager because Brian was just too good.

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