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April 11, 2014, NEW YORK, NY—By Vivek J. Tiwary

Yesterday afternoon, hours before he would induct Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, my friend Peter Asher warned me that his induction speech would be short by necessity. I suspect Peter thought I’d be disappointed that Brian might not get his full due. And yet last night, Peter gave the most lovely, heartfelt, personal, poignant, and informative speech about Brian Epstein that the mainstream public has heard in years, perhaps since Paul McCartney told the BBC “If anyone was ‘The Fifth Beatle’ it was Brian” (and that was in 1999).

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Courtesy of our friend Peter Asher—here’s his speech:

I am often asked what I think it takes to be a great manager. My answer, while not necessarily helpful is very simple; a great client who makes brilliant music.

I am very proud to have been asked to induct the first two managers into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, each of whom managed one of the most important ensembles in the history of music, let alone just Rock and Roll – and each of whom guided his band from anonymity to global stature – but in very different ways.

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April 3, 2014, NEW YORK, NY— Andrew C. Robinson, artist of New York Times #1 Best-Selling graphic novel, The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, has been nominated for the 68th Annual National Cartoonist Society Divisional Reuben Award for “Best Graphic Novel.” The Fifth Beatle, published by Dark Horse, has also garnered recognition as a Lambda Literary Award-nominee for “Best LGBT Graphic Novel” and a ForeWord Review’s 16th Annual “Book of the Year” nomination. The award will be presented during a ceremony at the NCS Annual Reuben Awards Weekend on May 25th in San Diego.

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You don’t know much about The Beatles if you don’t know about Brian Epstein. He was 27 when he saw The Beatles play a lunchtime set in Liverpool’s Cavern Club in November 1961 and knew that he was going to make them stars. (“Not stars of the stage or screen. Real stars, like those of the night sky.”)

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Somewhere, along the mad and transcendental road of rock and roll, the tale of one of its greatest architects, masters and casualties has been lost. Somewhere, between the gyrating hips and rebel snarl of Elvis and the shallow, uninspired gushiness of emo, music history has forgotten one of its first antiheroes. Somewhere, somehow, the man responsible for turning popular culture, music and several generations, worldwide, upside-down—and influencing every band since—has been left for dead and buried, destined for obscurity but for a growing legion of fans-turned-archeologists.

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March 17, NEW YORK, NY— Vivek J. Tiwary’s debut graphic novel, The Fifth Beatle, has been named a finalist for Foreword Reviews’ 16th Annual Book Of The Year Awards in the Graphic Novels & Comics category. Foreword Reviews, the only review magazine solely dedicated to discovering new indie books, announced the finalists for its 16th Annual Book of the Year Awards on Friday, March 14th. Each year, Foreword Reviews highlights a small group of indie authors and publishers whose innovative work stands out among the crowd.

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March 7, NEW YORK, NY— Vivek J. Tiwary’s debut graphic novel, The Fifth Beatle has been named a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for “Best LGBT Graphic Novel.” This is the first year for the graphic novel category, which celebrates achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender writing for graphic novels published in 2013. The Fifth Beatle, published by Dark Horse, has already garnered recognition as a New York Times #1 Best-Seller for three weeks upon release in November.

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The finalists for the 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards have been announced and once again, the most brilliant queer books of the year have been tapped for awards. This year’s Lammys are notable not only because of the record setting number of submissions, but also for the inclusion of long omitted Graphic Novel category – headed up by ‘The Fifth Beatle’.

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New York, NEW YORK (March 5, 2014) – Award winning producer of Broadway shows and films, and New York Times best-selling author of graphic novel, ‘The Fifth Beatle’, based on the life of The Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, Vivek J. Tiwary has confirmed he will join this year’s New York Sound City conference for an exclusive ‘In Conversation’ with friend and former charge of Brian Epstein, Merseybeat singer, Billy J. Kramer.

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