C an you imagine life without the Beatles? Or for that matter, the Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Doors or just about any artiste in today's International music world. These artistes' influence would possibly have been just local or at the most restricted to their country if it were not for the untiring efforts of a group of people who slogged day and night, working behind the scenes for their protégées. I'm talking about Artiste Managers. And one of the foremost persons in this new business of artiste management of the sixties was the manager of the Beatles, Brian Epstein.
Brian was the very antithesis of the Beatles.
Born in a rich business family in
Brian and his family owned music stores in
The demand for the Beatles had by then
started warming up on the local scene. Intrigued by this act, which was
attracting so much attention, Brian decided to investigate some more and was shocked
to know that they were local
This time he was charmed by the personalities of the boys and though he disapproved of their presentation and the music was too rough to be his cup of tea, he was impressed with the audience reaction. The Beatles had become local heroes and Brian saw the beginnings of a musical sensation. Brian was looking for a new challenge and he felt that with the sprucing up of the Beatles' live act and music, he could convert this local phenomenon into something really big. Nobody then had really any idea how really huge this would become!
Brian died at the early age of 33. At this young age he left behind a rich legacy of talent and ideas and he must have been one of the few people who wrote his autobiography "A Cellarful of Noise" before the age of thirty. Today thousands of people around the globe are hoping that this man is given his rightful place in the non-performers' section of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and remembered for the impact he has made on our lives through his vision and passion. He gave us the Beatles and who knows, could have stopped them from breaking up. For those of you who care, please go to the official Brian Epstein website at http://www.martinlewis.com/mbe/ and sign on-line the worldwide petition for this campaign. This would all be for a man of whom Paul McCartney recently said, "If anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was Brian".