Bonus Brian.

12 Responses to “Bonus Brian.”

  1. Kwai Chang says:

    It’s a cold leaf
    that shivers on the branch
    (I was a seed watching myself grow)
    But there were others germinating around me
    and, soon their dreams branched out and
    left me

  2. Alex of Bronx says:

    Poor tragic guy

  3. Kwai Chang says:

    (For all the bitching I do about him)
    Let it be known that I love this man
    I just think the “gentleman’s handshake” has no place in the business world
    (ESPECIALLY the music industry)

  4. They were learning as they went along, one thing Brian had over other managers, yes it was business, but he ‘loved’ the Beatles.

  5. mcarp555 says:

    Brian did the best he could, considering nobody outside of Tom Parker had experienced anything like what he had to deal with. Sure, he was naive, but he was also honest. Many people today read about his life and come away with respect and admiration for him, unlike the cheap conman Parker turned out to be.

  6. Kwai Chang says:

    I think Tom Parker was from The Netherlands…
    I wonder if he spent time in Hamburg.
    Did his arrogance ever tempt him to go see what all the Merseyside Fuss was about? The financial advantage could’ve allowed for a real scrum on the playing field. Or, was an unseen hand actually keeping the Colonel completely distant from Brian? I’m just glad that Parker never decided he wanted to test the discipline of a ‘gentleman’.

  7. MarkZapp says:

    Without Brian this site not be in existence. It is always a thrilling sight for me to view the clip of Brian watching close up The Beatles at Shea Stadium.

  8. MarkZapp says:

    Might not be in existence, I meant to write.

  9. mcarp555 says:


    Tom Parker was actually an illegal immigrant from the Netherlands to the US (born Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk). He never held a US passport for that reason (and rumours of charges against him in the Netherlands). This is why Elvis never toured outside of the States, so Parker could never have been in a position to troll Merseyside for bands. Besides, Elvis probably kept him busy (and rich) enough.

  10. Bill C says:

    My take is that Brian always kept them going UP another step on the career ladder . Right until the end -the first global TV show ever . After he was gone they started descending ( though the music continued to improve)

  11. Michael says:

    Nobody else could have or would have done for The Beatles what Brian did. As inept as he proved to be at the “fineries” of the music business, without his relentlessness to make them stars… well, you know the rest.

  12. Harold says:

    I’ve seen this listed as “Brian January 1967” before.

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