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Death of Brian Epstein[ edit ] Epstein in A pivotal figure in launching and promoting the Beatles ' worldwide popularity, Brian Epstein furthermore managed to hold the band together. His management style was to let the group pursue their musical notions and projects, while often mediating when there was a conflict.
However, this role began to diminish after the band stopped touring in ; although Epstein still exercised a strong influence, settling disputes among members and, most importantly, handling the group's finances.
When Epstein died of a medical drug overdose in Augustthere was a void left in the band. John Lennon had the closest personal relationship with Epstein and was the most affected by his death.
Lennon, Harrison and Starr became perturbed by McCartney's growing domination in musical as well as other group ventures.
The lack of Epstein's supervision and the Beatles' inexperience as businessmen led to an unexpectedly chaotic venture that only added to stress when the band returned to the studio to produce their double album The Beatlesalso known as 'The White Album'.
Lennon and McCartney would often compose one song per album for Starr to sing, while Harrison would either cover an old standard or record one of his own compositions. From onwards, Harrison's compositions started to mature and become more appealing in their quality.
Now that George is writing a lot, we could put out a double album every month When the group convened to record Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in Novemberthere was still a camaraderie and desire to collaborate as musicians; however, their individual differences were becoming more apparent.
To a greater extent than the others, McCartney maintained a deep interest in the pop musical trends and styles emerging both in Britain and the United Stateswhereas Harrison developed an interest in Indian music, and Lennon's compositions became more introspective and experimental.
This became most evident on The Beatles, in which personal artistic preferences began to dominate the recording sessions, which in turn further undermined the band's unity. Lennon became discontented over his personal identity and his artistic role within the Beatles and entered another period of drug use, which coincided with a deterioration in his marriage and family life.
He began to develop an intense interest in the work of Yoko Onoa Japanese-American conceptual artist whom he had first met at one of her exhibitions in The pair maintained a platonic relationship until the spring of In May that year, they spent time together in his home studio while his wife, Cynthiawas away on holiday.
They recorded an avant-garde tape that would eventually be released as Unfinished Music No. Two Virginsbefore consummating their new relationship. From that point on, the two were almost always together, even as Lennon was working with the rest of the band in the studio.
This violated a previous tacit agreement between the members not to let wives or girlfriends into the studio. In addition, as Lennon's artistic infatuation with Ono grew, he desired that she be allotted artistic input into the band's recordings.
Contemporaneous reviews and retrospective commentary by the Beatles acknowledged that the double album reflected the development of autonomous composers, musicians and artists. According to author Mark Hertsgaardthis was "a feeling that [McCartney] in particular had done much to encourage".In April, after a series of rancorous meetings between Klein, the Eastmans and the Beatles, Klein was appointed as the band's business manager on an interim basis, with the .
John and George were present during the recording of "I Am the Greatest" making Ringo the closest thing to Beatles reunion that the world would have for a long time.
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