The Sunday Times-Books
This is a damn good article -- which doesn't surprise me, since it's written by Hunter Davies, the author of the Beatles' first authorized (by Brian Epstein himself, natch) biography -- and he reviews Cynthia's newest book, John (go to the website to read that review, it's worth it), plus both of the books by whom I call "the Tonies" --
-- The first Tony is the wonderful childhood friend of the Fabs, Tony Bramwell, whose Magical Mystery Tours, My Life With The Beatles is critical where justified, yet ends up being thoroughly entertaining, informative and ~ ♥LOVE THAT BRAMWELL♥ ~ full of Brian praise --
-- and the second Tony is Epstein-hired publicist Tony Barrow, who was not quite as close or trusted by the boys themselves.
Barrow had left a bad taste in my mouth earlier this year when he spouted off for British TV that Brian had pimped prostitutes for The Beatles, and had paid off unwed mothers who had babies fathered by them.
The old heads like me and the new young Beatle scholars will know better, but Barrow is aiming to "inform" (read: sell more books via shock value) the majority of the general public, who really aren't too educated on our boys. What our dear Mr Tabloid Barrow fails to clarify is that those distasteful things Brian grudgingly did for his Beatles were "business as usual" for the bands of that era. The truth is, he resigned himself to doing these "duties" himself because he was well aware that, if he refused, the boys would go ahead and find someone else to do the dirty work -- and Brian wisely tried to keep everything possible entirely under his control.
Barrow presented his "revelations" in a fashion that seemed to point to Brian as the instigator, and the way the press headlines were worded implies that the prostitutes and payoffs were ideas that Brian thought up -- which, of course, they weren't! But you do realize that many people feel homosexuals have no morals anyway. So his assertions will be accepted as printed.
In my opinion, Barrow's "disclosures" were exposed in a shameful, purely sensational and unnecessary manner purely for his own profit.
By all the review and excerpt snippets I've seen of the book, the boys showed Barrow a completely different face than they showed to longtime pal Bramwell. And until proven to me otherwise, I can understand why they wouldn't trust him with the full truth on anything.
Hunter Davies has written a very entertaining commentary on all three books and I do think you will enjoy it.
Read these reviews at The Sunday Times-Books
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