BRIAN EPSTEIN, MANAGER OF THE BEETLES, THE CAVERN CLUB, LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, 1963
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David Steen: “Brian Epstein worked at his parents music shop in Liverpool. In those days every young boy wanted to play the guitar and copy the rock musicians so the shop was busy and successful. I wanted to photograph The Cavern where the live music was and Brian and I spent the evening there. I don’t know the name of the band in the background but it wasn’t The Beatles. Youngsters could play as loud as they liked, this place was literally a cave made from solid rock.”
Brian Samuel Epstein (19 September 1934 – 27 August 1967), was an English music entrepreneur; best known for being the manager of The Beatles, until his death. He also managed many other musical artists, such as Gerry & the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas, Cilla Black, The Remo Four, and The Cyrkle. His management company was named NEMS Enterprises after his family’s music stores, also called NEMS (North End Music Stores).
Epstein paid for The Beatles to record a demonstration tape in DECCA’s London studios, which resulted in DECCA declining to sign the group to a contract. After approaching nearly all the major recording companies and recording producers in London and being rejected, Epstein managed to secure an EMI recording contract under threat of withdrawing the sale of EMI’s records at his NEMS music stores. NEMS was one of the biggest musical retail outlets in the North of England. Record producer George Martin offered a contract on behalf of EMI’s small Parlophone label, only when informed of the economic threat to EMI by Epstein.
Epstein died of an accidental drug overdose at his home in London in August 1967. The Beatles’ early success has been attributed to Epstein’s management and sense of style. Paul McCartney said of Epstein: “If anyone was the Fifth Beatle, it was Brian”