Tuesday, October 21, 2008

In My Life: The Brian Epstein Story

by Debbie Geller
Edited by Anthony Wall

"Absorbing...One of the most succinct and engrossing Beatles books ever written."
--Financial Times (U.K.)

Without the determination, magnetism, vision, good manners, respectable clothes, and financial security of Brian Epstein, no one would have ever heard of John, Paul, George, and Ringo. In Liverpool, in December 1961, Brian Epstein met the Beatles in his small office and signed a management deal. The rest may be history, but it's a history that Epstein created, along with a blueprint for all pop groups since.

Out of the public eye, Epstein was flamboyant and charismatic. He drank, gambled compulsively, and took drugs to excess. But people remember his wit, charm, and capacity to inspire affection and loyalty. That's when he wasn't depressed, even suicidal. Epstein was Jewish in a society filled with anti-Semitism. He was homosexual at a time when it was a crime to be gay, and from his teenage days to the end of his life, he suffered arrests, beatings, and blackmail--all of which had to be kept secret.

This book tells the story of Epstein's complicated life through the reminiscences of his friends and family. Based on dozens of interviews--with Paul McCartney, George Martin, and Marianne Faithfull, among others--plus many of Epstein's personal diaries, this book uncovers the truth behind the enigmatic young man who unintentionally caused a cultural revolution--and in the process destroyed himself.

Debbie Geller is a television journalist. She lives in New York City and London.

"In Geller's book you feel returned to life as it was lived."
--Interview (U.K.)

--The Guardian (U.K.)

"The moving story of a damaged boy who yearned for success and its trappings and who, despite attaining it, felt lonely and left out until the end of his tragically short life."
--The Sunday Independent (U.K.)

--The Times (U.K.)

--Daily Mail (U.K.)

"An extraordinary tale."
--Evening Standard (U.K.)

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