The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story

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The Fifth Beatle is the untold true story of Brian Epstein, the visionary manager who discovered and guided The Beatles—from their gigs in a tiny cellar in Liverpool to unprecedented international stardom. Yet more than merely the story of "The Man Who Made The Beatles," The Fifth Beatle is an uplifting, tragic, and ultimately inspirational human story about the struggle to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. Brian himself died painfully lonely at the young age of thirty-two, having helped The Beatles prove ...

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Overview

The Fifth Beatle is the untold true story of Brian Epstein, the visionary manager who discovered and guided The Beatles—from their gigs in a tiny cellar in Liverpool to unprecedented international stardom. Yet more than merely the story of "The Man Who Made The Beatles," The Fifth Beatle is an uplifting, tragic, and ultimately inspirational human story about the struggle to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. Brian himself died painfully lonely at the young age of thirty-two, having helped The Beatles prove through "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" that pop music could be an inspirational art form. He was homosexual when it was a felony to be so in the United Kingdom, Jewish at a time of anti-Semitism, and from Liverpool when it was considered just a dingy port town.

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Publishers Weekly
11/18/2013
Presenting a new facet of Beatles biography is a challenge. Tiwary and Robinson break new ground by spotlighting the Beatles’ discoverer and manager, Brian Epstein, telling his story in graphic novel form. The book hits all the familiar high points—the first #1 single, appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show, John’s controversial “more popular than Jesus” quip, etc.—but it doesn’t feel like a check-off-the-boxes retelling. The focus on Epstein and his hidden homosexuality (in that era, it was a criminal offense in Britain) gives the pop history some weight. Though in some places the book is fictionalized and highly stylized, the juxtaposition of Epstein’s stewardship of the mop-top quartet with flashbacks to his past life illuminates his innate loneliness, even in the face of fame and fortune. Robinson and Baker’s artwork is colorful and fluid, and it avoids looking like copies of publicity stills (a cliché of biographical comics), with rich, deep color palettes capturing the mod energy of the ’60s. Purists will quibble about minor gaffes, but there’s nothing to find fault with here—aside from the much-trodden road of the subject material. (Nov.)
Library Journal
01/01/2014
While various Fab Four collaborators have been dubbed the "fifth Beatle," Paul McCartney bestowed that distinction upon Brian Epstein in a 1997 BBC interview. As the band's legendary manager, Epstein hauled the rambunctious Liverpooligans out of their Merseyside basement gigs, reworked their image, and pushed them onto the world's stages and into a record contract. While he was inexperienced with managing musicians, Epstein did have contacts in the recording industry plus plenty of chutzpah and flair. He was both Jewish and gay, the first stigmatized and the second illegal in England then, even as his outsider background lent him skills that served the Beatles well. Fascinated by Epstein for more than 20 years, award-winning producer Tiwary supplemented his research by interviewing people who knew the man. The masterly, bittersweet account enjoys wonderful multimedia art from Robinson (Dusty Star; King Conan) and Kyle Baker (Plastic Man; Nat Turner) that captures the exuberance and longings of the 1960s. VERDICT A must for music collections as well adult graphic novel sections, Epstein's story will appeal to Beatles fans and pop culture watchers, teen and up. Note strong language and a few episodes of inexplicit gay sex.—M.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616552565
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Publication date: 12/3/2013
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 118,632
  • Product dimensions: 8.31 (w) x 12.50 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Vivek J. Tiwary is an award-winning producer, writer, and financier for film, television, theater, music, and graphic novels.

On Broadway, Vivek's productions (including The Addams Family, Green Day's American Idiot, Mel Brooks' The Producers, Young Frankenstein, A Raisin in the Sun, and A Little Night Music) have won a combined 25 Tony Awards from 44 Tony nominations.

He is the exclusive producer of Amelia Rules!, a children's film franchise and television series based on the series of tween graphic novels by New York Times best-selling author Jimmy Gownley.

Prior to founding Tiwary Entertainment Group, Vivek held a number of major label music-industry positions at Mercury/PolyGram Records where he worked with artists covering the entire musical spectrum including Bruce Springsteen, Shania Twain, Bon Jovi, Pearl Jam, Kiss, LL Cool J, John Mellencamp, Allen Ginsberg, Oasis, Hanson, 311 and The Mighty Mighty BossTones.

He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of both the Wharton School of Business and the University of Pennsylvania's College of Arts and Sciences. Vivek also holds a filmmaking certificate from The New York Film Academy and is an acting student of Susan Batson/Black Nexxus Acting Studio.

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  • Posted February 10, 2014

    FABulous!

    This is a must read for any Beatles fan. The writing is smooth; the art is beautiful. We have read so much about The Beatles, both as a group and as individuals, that it is refreshing to learn more about Brian Epstein. With The Fifth Beatle, he comes out of the shadows and is given life and flesh through the story and the art. I have read where this has been optioned for a movie - if it's half as good as this book, it too will be amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    This book is phenomenal. The writing and art are so beautiful, i

    This book is phenomenal. The writing and art are so beautiful, it is a must read! I am so happy to have picked it up and if it becomes a movie I hope it is as good as this book.

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