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The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story

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1 FifthBeatleWritten by Vivek J. Tiwary
Art by Andrew C. Robinson, with Kyle Baker

In 1961, 27-year-old Brian Epstein walked into a dank Liverpool basement to see an unknown rock band perform—and our world was forever changed. The Fifth Beatle is Epstein’s untold true story: the tale of a genuine visionary who discovered, managed, and guided the Beatles to unprecedented international stardom, rewriting the rules of the pop music business in the process. But Epstein was also the ultimate outsider (including being gay), constantly searching for a place where he might belong. He helped spread the Beatles’ message of love to the entire world, yet died painfully lonely at the young age of 32, consumed by staggering ambition and the endless, seemingly insurmountable struggles that came with it. Both heartbreaking and uplifting, The Fifth Beatle not only reveals an important, unsung chapter in the history of the Beatles, but it will inspire anyone who’s ever dared to believe in a dream. —Troy Carrington

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