September 04, 2007 - 12:37pm
IT WAS 40 YEARS AGO TODAY (well, last week actually)…
…that Brian Epstein passed away.
I take the day off work every August 27th, and use the time to do some “visioning” about what I want from my future — both personally and professionally. As you can imagine, Brian was a great inspiration to me — all his accomplishments, all those hurdles crossed. The fact that there are Jews and homosexuals in the entertainment business doesn’t raise any eyebrows today, but in the UK in the 1960’s, Brian was a true outsider and a trailblazer.
I don’t face nearly the same hurdles, but as a first-generation American of West-Indian origin making his way through the shark-infested entertainment waters... well, Brian’s story has many emotional touchstones for me, and he has become a kind of “historical mentor” to me. But as with all my mentors, I’ve learned from them both what to do and what NOT to do.
For example, Brian never made enough time for love in his life… I try to be conscious of that trap and make sure to spend as much time with my loved ones as I can…
And I’ve devoted half of my professional life to StarPolish, a company dedicated to educating musical artists about the pitfalls of the business, and empowering them in their careers.
Brian did the opposite, sheltering The Beatles when it came to the business of music... Although it could be argued that he freed their minds (and time) to be all that they could be as artists, to take their music to new, uncharted territories, to break boundaries... and we know how well that turned out :)
COPY OF AUG 28, 1967
LIVERPOOL DAILY POST
OWNED BY ME
Nevertheless, The Beatles were truly at sea in the wake of Brian’s passing — at which time he had also accomplished, by the age of 32, what I can only hope to accomplish before I close my eyes for good... with any luck, well past the age of 32... So many emotions crowd so many thoughts during this time of year... Rest In Well-Deserved Peace, Brian.
If anyone else has a strong feeling or reaction to the anniversary of Brian's passing, please, let's discuss it on our Message Boards here.
And now, you’re probably also wondering what’s doing with the development of “The Fifth Beatle” film.
Well, Brian was a complicated man with many facets both public and private — a man steeped in seeming contradictions. So, we need an actor who really wants the difficult challenge of doing the work, and digging deep into these facets… and we’re accordingly being very careful and patient with our casting, doing our research and making sure we’ll have no regrets.
I can say that I’ve been flying to both Los Angeles and London regularly, and that there is a LOT of love for the film from all the right “players” in this process.
And I’ll also add that we are still prepared to shoot in the first quarter of 2008, with a goal to premiering the film in Liverpool by the end of 2008, while the city is still Europe’s Capital Of Culture.
But please be patient as we keep more exact details behind-the-scenes for now... and since timeframes can alter and Tomorrow Never Knows, please stay tuned for more specific breaking news...
Vivek J. Tiwary
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To reiterate what Vivek said above:
"If anyone else has a strong feeling or reaction to the anniversary of Brian's passing, please, let's discuss it on our Message Boards here."