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"A disc of real merit" (Newspaper clippings part 1) [16 Jun 2008|08:49pm]
A letter to the Times, July 20 1966.

"Sir--, Reading a column about the pop world (July 16) in a newspaper like yours is almost as pleasant an experience as going to a recording studio and seeing a record being made by a talented pop artist. It is so realistic and far away from the ephemeral 'fave rave' world which pop tends to savour.

It is, however, my experience, contrary to the general belief which even injected itself into your column, that it is not entirely true that singles only become favourites through highly commercialized exposure to the public. I believe that a disc of real merit, and here I mean, of course, one that genuinely appeals to the public buying such discs, will become a hit through just the minimum of plays on either the recognized or pirate wavelengths. And it is not difficult to obtain play for a disc of such merit even without the pressure of interested parties.

Possibly, this sounds somewhat puristic and, in any event when I am concerned with a record my organization will pull out all the stops in order to promote. And such promotion will undoubtedly contribute to the artist generally. However, hit for hit, that is my belief.

Yours faithfully,

Brian Epstein

Hille House, 9 Stafford Street, W.1., July 18."
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"But did he earn his reputation?" (Newspaper clippings part 2) [16 Jun 2008|09:01pm]
"Beatles-Epstein Tie A Mutual Discovery"
By Derek Taylor
Washington Post, September 4, 1967.

It wasn't so much a case of Brian Epstein discovering the Beatles as of the Beatles discovering Brian Epstein... Paul McCartney told me a year ago, "You know, it was really us who found him." He didn't intend to diminish the skillful, tactful manipulations of Epstein as dedicated Beatles-protector, guide and negotiator, but rather to show that things are not always what they seem.

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Obituaries (Newspaper clippings part 3) [16 Jun 2008|09:42pm]
From the New York Times, August 28, 1967:

"One did everything. One worked very hard. One shouted from the rooftops about the group when there was no enthusiasm for groups. People thought you were mad, but you went on shouting."

In these words, Mr. Epstein explained once to a reporter how he had helped the Beatles rise from relative obscurity to world fame.

The brash, pink-cheeked, energetic young man was in many respects as much a gee-whiz success story as the Beatles themselves.

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[16 Jun 2008|10:32pm]
So as you may or may not know, I started a Beatle Slash RP,

We're still looking for members, and I'd love for you to join :]

We have a George, Paul, John, Ringo, and a Pattie so far. But I really, really, really, want a Brian! Oh, it'd be so fun :DD

So if you want to be Brian [or any other Beatle-related person] you can email me at andsoshewrites@yahoo.com or you can send me an instant message on AIM at jamespmacca.

For more information go here.
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