christine~ (eppylover) wrote in mrbrianepstein,

A real character from Brian's past

Apparently the inside of the Epstein home on Queens Drive,
Childwall, Liverpool looked something like this.


This was painted by a friend of Brian's, also a Jewish homosexual, named Yankel Feather. At 86 years old, and a former member of the Newlyn Society of Artists, Yankel Feather is still active painting every day and exhibiting his art.
In the early 1960's, Mr. Feather was the proprietor of a gay nightclub in Liverpool that Brian frequented, and they had sort of a like/dislike relationship.

Yankel Feather is described and quoted in
Ray Coleman's excellent
The Man Who Made The Beatles,
Debbie Geller's outstanding
In My Life: The Brian Epstein Story,
and is interviewed in the
1999 Bafta Award-winning
BBC-2 Arena Documentary
The Brian Epstein Story.

A cute story from Bill Harry's Mersey Beat website (on the bottom of page two of this article):
Roy became a doorman for Yankel Feather at his Basement Club in Mount Pleasant. He recalled his friend John Chase from Liverpool College of Art was the barman: "He ran the little bar with one of Yankel's sisters, Nellie. I, of course, manned the door. Yankel's other sister Sarah, ran the food counter and looked after the record player, which was at the rear of the counter.

Yankel had painted the brick walls in sort of geometric, almost Moroccan-style shapes. He'd used oddments of furniture, including a couple of old sofas, and all in all the entire place had a great atmosphere with a mixed clientele: artists, pop groups, university professors and comedians - a sort of upmarket hippie place. My job was to keep up the standard of the clientele."

Yankel Feather in the Basement Club He was also to relate: "I learnt a lot from Yankel in the way he handled people. I'd been on the door six years before this so had fairly considerable experience, but because of the type of person he was, avant-garde in the extreme, he showed me a new slant on things. One night he said to me 'I want you to start charging everyone who comes in, no walkovers.' I said, 'OK, no problem.'

Well, the first person to come in was Brian Epstein who'd recently launched the Beatles. We had a little counter about four feet long, which I stood alongside after I opened the door. Yankel sat on a cushion on a little bench seat three foot behind the counter. He wore a little pork pie hat and a cardigan and always sat with one leg curled under him.

"I said: 'That's half a crown please Brian.' Yankel was staring straight ahead. Brian looked at him and said, 'Yaaank...' in a drawn out voice, 'meee?' Yankel turned his head to the right lifting his chin and stared at the wall. When he heard the half crown hit the counter he turned back to the front. His whole attitude said: 'If you can't pay me half a crown what sort of friend are you?'"

The painting "Lennon at Brian's" was being auctioned on eBay with an ending date of Dec.4, 2005
....and bidding started at GBP £1,500.00 (Approximately US $2,582.10)

Let's not all jump on it at once, ok? ;P

Here's a quote from Yankel,
from an article in the "Daily Mail" 11/6/99
"The man who loved the Beatles" ~
"I think he found it easier to create The Beatles than he did to reinvent himself," observed the Liverpool artist, Yankel Feather, "but then it would take an unhappy person, it would take somebody as mad as Brian, to accomplish what he did accomplish in the end.

"I mean, an ordinary person couldn't do it. If he had been a young married man with two children, would his wife have let him out to spend his time with four unruly boys? No, it couldn't have happened. For the Beatles to make it, they had to have somebody as strange as him."
What the Beatles saw, when he proposed that he would manage then, was someone more sophisticated, worldly wise than they and somebody who had an astonishing belief in their future. They were shrewd enough to know they needed him as badly as he wanted them.

{[ And now, for something off-topic but on-Eppy ]}


I've seen this pose before, but never in an image this clear or this large.
It's an 8x10 glossy from the estate of the photographer pictured here with Brian.

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