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Brian's Secretary Writes Book

It will certainly be interesting to see how she describes Brian. 


Beryl's tragical tour

Dec 14 2004

By Philip Key, Daily Post

 

Beryl Adams, Brian Epstein's secretary, with a portrait of The Beatles

BERYL Adams was never an important figure in the Beatles story but she witnessed a lot.

She had been secretary to Beatles manager Brian Epstein, secretary to Cavern Club owner Ray McFall, was married to the Cavern disc jockey Bob Wooler and late in life had become romantically involved with Allan Williams, the man who was the group's first unofficial manager.

She died aged 66 in 2003, a tragic victim of the human form of Mad Cow Disease.

Before she died, however, she had spent several months talking to journalist Lew Baxter with a view to getting her story into book form. There had even been a planned publicity tour. It was not to be. But Baxter completed the book and it has now been published as My Beatles Hell: the Tragical History Tour of Beryl Adams (Cities 500: £14). In many ways it is a bitter book. Beryl poured out a lot of venom in her conversations with Baxter, much of it aimed at those involved in the Beatles story and its long-running aftermath. John Lennon was a particular bete noir, Beryl describing him as "an arrogant bully". She never liked him. Paul McCartney "kept a careful eye on his wallet". Her favourite among the Mersey groups of the 1960s was the still-working Gerry Marsden. Beryl was, according to Baxter, something of a rebel in her youth and left school without qualifications. "The only thing on her mind all the time was gearing up to have fun." For a while she worked at Butlins in Pwllheli but returned to her native Liverpool to take a job at Rushworth and Dreaper. She later joined NEMS, the record shop run by Brian Epstein and was to become his personal secretary.

Before she died, however, she had spent several months talking to journalist Lew Baxter with a view to getting her story into book form. There had even been a planned publicity tour.

It was not to be. But Baxter completed the book and it has now been published as My Beatles Hell: the Tragical History Tour of Beryl Adams (Cities 500: £14).

In many ways it is a bitter book. Beryl poured out a lot of venom in her conversations with Baxter, much of it aimed at those involved in the Beatles story and its long-running aftermath.

John Lennon was a particular bete noir, Beryl describing him as "an arrogant bully". She never liked him. Paul McCartney "kept a careful eye on his wallet". Her favourite among the Mersey groups of the 1960s was the still-working Gerry Marsden.

Beryl was, according to Baxter, something of a rebel in her youth and left school without qualifications. "The only thing on her mind all the time was gearing up to have fun."

For a while she worked at Butlins in Pwllheli but returned to her native Liverpool to take a job at Rushworth and Dreaper. She later joined NEMS, the record shop run by Brian Epstein and was to become his personal secretary.

It was then that she met the Beatles and became privy to Epstein's dealings with them. When Epstein moved to London she declined to go and worked instead with McFall at the Cavern.

There she had "wild flings and passion-filled, one-night stands with a catalogue of musicians and singers". There was one long affair with Epstein biographer and music journalistic the late Ray Coleman.

Marriage to Wooler was not to last. She tried to commit suicide and not for the first time in her life.

Later came marriage to driving instructor Peter Mullins - a "boring" marriage said Beryl - and later in her life and until her death, a tempestuous relationship with Allan Williams.

Both liked their drink. Beryl said: "Sure, we've had our rows but I can't get rid of him and I've done my best." She added: "We just carry on together in our confrontational way."

Williams stayed with her until her tragic death.

Beryl Adams had for a long time declined to talk about her involvement in the Beatles saga. In the event, Baxter's book is not so much about them but about a Liverpool woman who spent a lifetime on the musical fringes and how it affected her.

 

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