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Remembering 'Fifth Beatle' Brian Epstein, 50 Years After Beatlemania.

It's difficult to peg a phenomenon to just one specific date, but it could be argued (convincingly) that the global fury of Beatlemania started fifty years ago today with the American release of "I Saw Her Standing There" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand." Just two years before, The Beatles were an unknown and unsigned club band in Liverpool, gigging birthday parties and lunchtime concerts. That all changed when Brian Epstein arrived.

The son of Jewish furniture merchants and the grandson of Russian and Lithuanian emigres, Epstein was born in Liverpool. Before deciding on business, he toyed with the idea of being a dressmaker and an actor; he was admitted to the Royal Academy for Dramatic Arts and studied beside the likes of Albert Finney, Susannah York, and Peter O'Toole. Eventually, he dropped out and returned to the expanded family business, which now included records.

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Author:Chandler, Adam
Publication:Tablet Magazine
Date:Dec 26, 2013
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