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THE BEATLES’ FIRST DEMO TAPE OWNED BY BRIAN EPSTEIN TO AUCTION AT SOTHEBY’S

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Brian Epstein’s personal copy of The Beatles first demo tape will be offered for sale at Sotheby’s next month, in a special auction dedicated to the Fab Four.

The tape, which the band recorded for Decca Records on January 1, 1962, was famously rejected by A&R boss Dick Rowe who told Epstein that “guitar bands are on the way out”.

This version of the demo recording is unique, with slightly longer versions of songs which mark it out as being Brian Epstein’s personal copy.

The reel-to-reel tape was one of two given to Epstein following the failed studio session, and the only one to survive.

Offered with superb provenance, the tape is now is expected to sell for £50,000 – £70,000 ($65,000 – $91,000)

Having learned their trade in the bars of Hamburg, and honed their act as local stars in Liverpool, The Beatles then set out to earn themselves a record contract under the stewardship of new manager Brian Epstein.

On January 1, 1962 the Band drove through snowstorms from Liverpool to London to record their first professional demo for Decca Records (whilst Epstein wisely took the train).

Although dismayed to discover their studio producer was inexperienced, late and hung-over from the night before, the band carried on and rattled through 15 tracks in an hour.

The session was essentially a run-through of their live Cavern Club sets, with covers such as Money and Memphis, Tennessee alongside three early original songs Like Dreamers Do, Hello Little Girl and Love Of The Loved.

Decca turned down the demo and signed Brian Poole and the Tremeloes instead, because they were local to London and would cost less than transporting The Beatles down from Liverpool to record.

Although disappointed, Epstein refused to give up and took the demo tape to his friend Robert Boast, manager of the HMV record store in London, which had a small recording studio and pressing plant in the basement.

There he pressed two of the original Lennon-McCartney songs, Hello Little Girl and Till There Was You, onto a series of acetate records to hand out to record label executives.

Six weeks later he gave one of the discs to EMI producer George Martin, and the rest is rock and roll history.

In March 2016, the very acetate that Epstein gave to George Martin sold at Omega Auctions for £77,500 ($110,000), where it was described as a “Holy Grail” item for Beatles collectors.

Given the tape’s personal connection to Brian Epstein, and the central role it played in shaping The Beatles’ career, it would be no surprise to see it surpass the high estimate and fetch a six-figure sum come December 13.
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BRIAN EPSTEIN STATUE APPEAL

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A Crowdfunder campaign to create a lasting legacy to former Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein has less than two weeks left to reach its target– and organisers are appealing for the support of the public.
The team behind The Brian Epstein Statue Project are urging Beatles fans, music fans, and local residents and worldwide supporters to throw their support behind the campaign.

The Brian Epstein Statue Project aims to create a world first with a statue honouring the man fondly known as the Fifth Beatle, Brian Epstein.
Almost £10,000 has already been pledged – but there is still a long way to go to reach the appeal’s £60,000 target.
The Crowdfunder appeal will close at 6pm on Thursday 21 November 2019 – so time is running out fast.

Pledges of any amount can be made and will be gratefully received, and a number of new rewards and incentives have also been announced as part of the appeal countdown.
A Beatles experience for the ultimate Fab Four fan includes a two-night stay for two people in the Lennon Suite at Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool, including breakfast and dinner, as well as tickets to The Cavern Club, The Beatles Story, The Magical Beatles Museum, and Magical Mystery Tour. Suggested pledge £1,300.

Enjoy a ride in a replica of John Lennon’s vintage Rolls Royce. A personal driving tour from the owner will make it an unforgettable experience in this striking classic car. Suggested pledge £150.
Pledge £25 to own a limited edition mounted print signed by artist Tom Donahue and author Marie Darwin from the book, What Did Grandad Paul Do When He Was Little? There are just 10 prints available.
Various levels of donation are also available including the Hall Of Fame, Certificate Of Support, and Add Your Own Clay. A full list of rewards and incentives is available on the Crowdfunding page.
The Beatles’ former manager, Liverpool-born Brian Epstein, is credited with catapulting the Fab Four to global success. Yet there is no lasting tribute to recognise and celebrate the vital role he played in the band’s history, nor how he changed the face and sound of popular music. Brian Epstein made history.

The Crowdfunder campaign was launched at the Epstein Theatre, located on Hanover Street in Liverpool city centre, which also marked Brian Epstein’s 85th Birthday.

Project manager and cultural activist Tom Calderbank commented: “Brian needs a bit of help from his friends. We’re encouraging, urging and pleading that people come together and be part of something special to celebrate Brian’s legacy. We’ve worked tirelessly since the appeal went live – but it’s proving to be quite a task. But we’re not beaten – we’ve still got time. We hope the fantastic new incentives and rewards will generate more interest.
“We think we’ve reached more than a million people worldwide through our appeal and media coverage – but it’s just not enough. A big thank you to everyone who has already pledged, people have been very generous and understand what we are striving to achieve in Brian’s name. If you believe in us and want to see this project happen, then please get involved.
“Each and every one of us have something to thank Brian for – he changed the course of music and social history. That deserves a fitting lasting tribute in his honour.”

The Brian Epstein Statue Project committee have wealth of experience and expertise across public art, publishing, theatre production, and the local Beatles industry. Collectively they have a strong desire to ensure the project is successful and are passionate that a lasting tribute to Brian and all he achieved in the history of popular music should be created in Liverpool to celebrate his role in history.

The committee includes cultural campaigner and activist Tom Calderbank; Beatles’ fan Marie Darwin who was part of a group who campaigned for a plaque to be placed on the birthplace of Brian Epstein; Beatles’ historians, researchers and authors Kevin and Julie Roach, and son Robert; Larry Sidorczuk was the personal assistant to the late Joe Flannery, Brian Epstein’s original business partner and bookings manager; and Bill Elms, a producer of the smash hit play Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles, which was staged in Liverpool and London’s West End.
Brian Epstein owned NEMS record shop in Whitechapel. It was a lunchtime visit to The Cavern Club in the heart of Liverpool to watch a four-piece rock and roll band on 9 November 1961 which would change the course of history. Music and life in Liverpool would never be the same again. That band was The Beatles – who Brian would go on to manage.
In addition to managing The Beatles, Brain Epstein is credited to creating and developing the Merseybeat movement. He also signed a number of other performers including Cilla Black, Gerry And The Pacemakers, Billy J Kramer And The Dakotas, and The Moody Blues.

The Brian Epstein Statue Project has the support of Brian Epstein’s family, and the Willis family representing the late Cilla Black.
The project is also being backed by Liverpool-born actor Andrew Lancel, who appears in a short video on the appeal’s Crowdfunder page. The former Coronation Street and The Bill actor portrayed Brian in the smash hit play Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles on stage in Liverpool and London’s West End to critical acclaim. He later played Brian again in the recent tour of Cilla The Musical – and is a huge advocate of recognising all Brian achieved.

Author Kevin Roach recently published his latest book, Brian Epstein And The Beatles 1964: The Year That Changed The World – proceeds of which will be donated to The Brian Epstein Statue Project.
Sculptor Andy Edwards has been commissioned to create the state of Brian Epstein. Andy is best known for his iconic sculpture of The Beatles located at Pier Head Liverpool, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Andy sculpted The Truce, which can be found in the grounds of St Luke’s Church, depicting the historic moment on Christmas Day 1914 during the First World War ceasefire when a game of football spontaneously broke out between British and German soldiers. He also co-sculpted the statue of Cilla Black on Mathew Street.

Donations can be made by visiting https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-brian-epstein-statue-project

CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO FUND NEW STATUE TO HONOUR BRIAN EPSTEIN

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We supported this project along time ago. BEATLES MAGAZINE was invited to the Press Conference and here we tell you all.

The Brian Epstein Statue Project was officially launched today (Thursday 19 September) – which would have also marked Brian Epstein’s 85th Birthday.

The special announcement was made at the Epstein Theatre, located on Hanover Street in Liverpool city centre, to an audience of Press and special guests, including Merseybeat singer Beryl Marsden, Peter Hooton from Liverpool band The Farm, and the Lord Mayor Of Liverpool, Councillor Anna Rothery.

The Beatles’ former manager, Liverpool-born Brian Epstein, is credited with catapulting the Fab Four to global success. Yet there is no lasting tribute to recognise and celebrate the vital role he played in the band’s history, nor how he changed the face and sound of popular music. Brian Epstein made history.

However, a small group of dedicated campaigners are working tirelessly to redress the balance and create a world first with a statue of Brian Epstein funded by a five-week Crowdfunder campaign – a minimum target of £60,000 has been set.

The location for the statue has not yet been confirmed, however the committee welcomes suggestions from interested parties via social media as to where they would like to see the statue sited.

Brian Epstein owned NEMS record shop in Whitechapel. It was a lunchtime visit to The Cavern Club in the heart of Liverpool to watch a four-piece rock and roll band on 9 November 1961 which would change the course of history. Music and life in Liverpool would never be the same again. That band was The Beatles – who Brian would go on to manage.

In addition to managing The Beatles, Brain Epstein is credited to creating and developing the Merseybeat movement. He also signed a number of other performers including Cilla Black, Gerry And The Pacemakers, Billy J Kramer And The Dakotas, and The Moody Blues. Messages of support from Brian’s Epstein family, and the Willis family representing the late Cilla Black, were also read out at the launch.

The Epstein family said: “Brian was a modest and reserved man, but as a family we are in no doubt that he, his brother Clive, and his parents Queenie and Harry, would have been immensely touched by the consistent efforts to pay tribute to his contribution to The Beatles and the city of Liverpool.” The Willis family added: “Cilla had one true love, her Bobby – but Brian came a close second. He moulded and shaped her career, which helped her become one of the UK’s biggest entertainers. Throughout her life, Cilla kept a picture of Brian on her desk and never forgot his commitment to her.”

The Brian Epstein Statue Project committee have wealth of experience and expertise across public art, publishing, theatre production, and the local Beatles industry. Collectively they have a strong desire to ensure the project is successful and are passionate that a lasting tribute to Brian and all he achieved in the history of popular music should be created in Liverpool to celebrate his role in history.

The committee includes cultural campaigner and activist Tom Calderbank; Beatles’ fan Marie Darwin who was part of a group who campaigned for a plaque to be placed on the birthplace of Brian Epstein; Beatles’ historians, researchers and authors Kevin and Julie Roach, and son Robert; Larry Sidorczuk was the personal assistant to the late Joe Flannery, Brian Epstein’s original business partner and bookings manager; and Bill Elms, a producer of the smash hit play Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles, which was staged in Liverpool and London’s West End.

Author Kevin Roach recently published his latest book, Brian Epstein And The Beatles 1964: The Year That Changed The World – proceeds of which will be donated to The Brian Epstein Statue Project.

Tom Calderbank is leading the project, he explained: “We’re thrilled and very excited to unveil plans for a long overdue statue of the ‘Fifth Beatle’ Brian Epstein in his hometown of Liverpool. We aim to create a unique, beautiful and lasting sculptural tribute to Brian – a world first for one of the world’s great creative individuals.“Brian changed the music world in an extraordinary way. He was instrumental in the development of Liverpool’s music scene, most notably with the Fab Four. His legacy is also largely unseen, even though his impact on popular culture is incalculable – Brain needs this memorial, he needs to stay amongst us and really does deserve this recognition. By raising the funds together, we will celebrate Brian together.”

Sculptor Andy Edwards has already been commissioned. Andy is best known for his iconic sculpture of The Beatles located at Pier Head Liverpool, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Andy sculpted The Truce, which can be found in the grounds of St Luke’s Church, depicting the historic moment on Christmas Day 1914 during the First World War ceasefire when a game of football spontaneously broke out between British and German soldiers. He also co-sculpted the statue of Cilla Black on Mathew Street.

Andy has produced a clay bust and maquette to show how the 7ft sculpture of Brian will look. Visitors to the recent International Beatleweek in Liverpool were given a sneak preview.

Sculptor Andy Edwards commented: “After spending a lot of time staring at Brian Epstein’s face, I see before anything else, the charm and feeling in his eyes. I see a smile born of trust. A smile that elicits a smile back, an exchange of confidence and encouragement in what might happen. This is what I want to capture in Brian’s sculpture to share with everyone who will see it.

“At the unveiling of the statues of The Beatles, I made a silent dedication in my mind. This is for all those who love The Beatles – and for all those who don’t. The work gives a gateway to the city, just as Cilla does to The Cavern. An added statue of Brian gives the third dimension to that straight line. No longer signposts of where to go, but a feeling of mapping out in the mind and following in their footsteps. The striding visual link to the Waterfront creates more than a tribute but takes you into the bigger story of what has been achieved. We will be creating something equally as special and fitting for Brian.”

The project also has the support of Liverpool-born actor Andrew Lancel, who has appeared in The Bill and Coronation Street. He appears in a short video supporting the statue project, which was played at the launch.

Andrew portrayed Brian in the smash hit play Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles on stage in Liverpool and London’s West End to critical acclaim. He later played Brian again in the recent tour of Cilla The Musical – and is a huge advocate of recognising all Brian achieved. Andrew Lancel added: “Brian left us far too soon, he was 32-years-old. His contribution to the music industry, The Beatles, Liverpool and the world really was incomparable. And I can think of few people more worthy of a sculptural tribute, a statue in his home city. By making a donation to the Crowdfunding project, you have the chance to share the story of Brian and The Beatles. You can be a part of it by saying, I had a hand in making it. “Brian’s legacy continues, he’s been inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame. There has been movies, plays and musicals about him. But this lasts forever. It’s very special and beautiful. I’m so proud to have played Brian, and I’m very proud to support this project. To quote a line from the play Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles – Brian is, was, and always will be, one of us.”



THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE BRIAN EPSTEIN STATUE PROJECT

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The Brian Epstein Statue Project is being officially launched to create a lasting legacy to the man fondly known as the Fifth Beatle, Brian Epstein.

The statue will be revealed at the launch by the team behind the campaign on Thursday 19 September 2019 – which would have marked Brian Epstein’s 85th Birthday.

The Beatles’ former manager, Liverpool-born Brian Epstein, is credited with catapulting the Fab Four to global success. Yet there is no lasting tribute to recognise his role in history.
The Brian Epstein Statue Project team have wealth of experience and expertise across public art, publishing, theatre production, and the local Beatles industry. They are passionate that a lasting tribute symbol to Brian and all he achieved should be created and displayed in Liverpool.

Sculptor Andy Edwards is best known for his statues of The Beatles at Pier Head Liverpool. Andy has been commissioned to create a lasting legacy to Brian Epstein. He has produced a clay bust and maquette, which will be revealed at the launch.
There will be speeches from project manager, cultural campaigner and activist Tom Calderbank from The Brian Epstein Statue Project, and Sculptor Andy Edwards.