Standing in the Wings

Standing in the Wings : The Beatles, Brian Epstein and Me

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Joe Flannery has been described as the `Secret Beatle', and as the business associate and partner of Brian Epstein, he became an integral part of The Beatles' management team during their rise to fame in the early 1960s. Standing in the Wings is Flannery's account of this fascinating era, which included the controversial dismissal of Pete Best from the group (nothing to do with London, but matters back in Liverpool), Brian Epstein's fragility, and the importance of the Star Club in Hamburg. This book is not simply a biography, as it also considers issues to do with sexuality in 1950s Liverpool, the vagaries of the music business at that time and the hazards of personal management in the `swinging sixties'. At its heart, Standing in the Wings provides an in-depth look at Flannery's personal and professional relationship with Epstein and his close links with the Fab Four. Shortly before John Lennon's murder in 1980, it was Flannery who was one of the last people in the UK to talk to the great man. Indeed, Flannery remains one of the few `Beatle people' in Liverpool to have the respect of the surviving Beatles, and this is reflected in this timely and revealing more

Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 160 x 236 x 30mm | 639.99g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 16 Plates, black and white; 32 Illustrations, black and white
  • 0752490095
  • 9780752490090
  • 1,096,384

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"Standing In the Wings: The Beatles, Brian Epstein and Meis that rare thing: a Beatles book with something new to say. . . Flannery gives a fascinating account of what Liverpool was like in the '40s and '50s." Goldmine Magazine"show more

About Joe Flannery

JoeFlannery was the manager for many music stars, including The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. Mike Brocken developed the world's firstMasters level program concerning The Beatles' impact on music and society.Philip Norman is the author of several books, includingShout!: The Beatles in Their Generation."show more

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