Forty years ago today, Beatles manager Brian Epstein died of a drug overdose. There would have been no Beatlemania without Brian. He did everything from booking their first big gigs (including the Ed Sullivan show) to designing the matching suits and instituting the coordinated bow. This Washington Post story (site requires registration) claims “everyone” has forgotten Brian, but while there may be no plaques to him in Liverpool, every real Beatles fan knows who he is. If you want to help Brian get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, click here. His ghost-written autobiography is out of print, but this book sounds promising (as well as more truthful) and is available used for $3.10.
Brian was gay at a time when homosexuality wasn’t accepted. In a cosmopolitan city like London, gays had more freedom, but Liverpool was a dangerous place.
Paul McCartney’s music appeared on iTunes back in May. “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five” was always one of my McCartney favorites.
Fashion-wise, I’ve always loved the photo below.
They often worked matching outfits in a cool way. Yoko still rocks the major cleavage. I’ve seen her a couple of times in person but have always been too terrified to say anything to her. So I’ll say it now: Hi Yoko! Please don’t beat my ass for using a photo from your Lennon website! Seriously, I think Yoko could beat a bitch’s ass. And I mean that as a compliment.
Now, I will bring this long post back to another favorite ’60s figure … Ossie Clark! Supposedly, he picked up Brian Epstein in a gay bar and was given Beatles tickets as a gift. That’s one way to meet the Beatles!
UPDATED TO ADD: I knew there was one more Beatles-y thing that I wanted to mention. Pattie Boyd (ex-wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, subject of “Layla” and “Wonderful Tonight”) has written an autobiography (with help, of course). Check it out!