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The Beatles issue an official statement following Brian Epstein’s death


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Following the death of their manager Brian Epstein on August 27, 1967, The Beatles issued the following official statement about the future of his management company, NEMS Enterprises:

The Beatles would be willing to put money into NEMS if there was any question of a takeover from an outsider. The Beatles will not withdraw their shares from NEMS. Things will go on as before.

They also made it clear that Clive Epstein, Brian’s brother who had just been appointed chairman of NEMS, would not become their personal manager.

No one could possibly replace Brian.

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With Brian dying, it was like one of us dying

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The Beatles will manage themselves

The Beatles are to become their own managers, it was disclosed yesterday by Nems Enterprises, of which Mr. Brian Epstein, who was found dead in his London flat on Sunday, was chairman.

Mr. Clive Epstein, aged 31, succeeds his brother as chairman of the company. A statement issued by Nems said they would continue their activities in the manner planned by Mr. Brian Epstein.

The statement goes on: “There is no question of a replacement for Mr. Brian Epstein as personal manager of the Beatles. However, the directors and staff of Nems will continue to give them every possible assistance in the conduct of their affairs.

The company said there was no question of a sell-out to America. This had been wild speculation.

A funeral service for Mr. Brian Epstein was held yesterday at the Greenbank Synagogue, Liverpool.

The inquest on Mr. Epstein was opened at Westminster Coroner’s Court yesterday and adjourned until September 8.

From The Times – August 31, 1967
From The Times – August 31, 1967

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