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There's A Beatle In My Closet by Joanne Peterson
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17 April 2010
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According to Amazon, There's A Beatle In My Closet, a memoir by Joanne Peterson, is to be published in December. It's been spoken about since at least 2005, but it seems she's finally got a publisher/publication date.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Theres.....680/ (the only link on Amazon.com says it's out of print/with limited availability, but I presume that's not the case).

As Joanne Newfield, she was Brian Epstein's assistant in the 1960s. She was among the first people to find his body after he died. According to web snippets I've seen, in the book she promises to reveal that at least one of The Beatles had a sexual relationship with Epstein (and I think we can guess which one that was, right?).

Presuming it's not just gossip, it could be a real insight from someone who was there. We'll see. brian-epstein

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17 April 2010
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According to Amazon, There's A Beatle In My Closet, a memoir by Joanne Peterson, is to be published in December. It's been spoken about since at least 2005, but it seems she's finally got a publisher/publication date.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Theres.....680/ (the only link on Amazon.com says it's out of print/with limited availability, but I presume that's not the case).

As Joanne Newfield, she was Brian Epstein's assistant in the 1960s. She was among the first people to find his body after he died. According to web snippets I've seen, in the book she promises to reveal that at least one of The Beatles had a sexual relationship with Epstein (and I think we can guess which one that was, right?).

Presuming it's not just gossip, it could be a real insight from someone who was there. We'll see. brian-epstein


If i bought such a book it sure wouldn't be to find out whether a certain Beatle had an affair with Brian Epstein. The author hints about 

this probably with the sole purpose of selling books, which i find kind of slimey, I would love to hear about Epstein doing business deals all over the globe on the Beatles behalf, maybe hear about the debacle in the Phillipines (sic) where the Beatles were lucky to escape with their lives

but, see, the problem with talking about sex is that both of these people are gone, they can't defend themselves, so what is stopping

this Newfield lady to exaggerate the situation. this has already been hinted about in past years so is this a bombshell, no! its just a chance to sell some books.a-hard-days-night-paul-11

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Oh sorry. Have a look at these links:

http://www.beatlesbible.com/19.....ona-spain/

http://www.beatlesbible.com/19.....day-party/

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There's some info on this page, an interview with the writer of The Fifth Beatle, though it doesn't give any insight into why Joanne's book might have been cancelled.

The other person I’ll just name check is Joanne Newfield, now Joanne Peterson. She was Brian’s personal assistant in the 1960s. She was really his right hand woman, if you will. Literally the person who was there when they knocked down the bedroom door and found out he had passed away in his sleep. She was there by his side throughout. She lives in Australia now and has been a tremendous amount of support to me, a source of insight, and a lovely human being. And that was the beginning of the rabbit hole. It started with a couple of books I had a hard time tracking down and then tracked down a few people who knew Brian.

Some years ago, there was a bit of a controversy over a tell-all book that Joanne Peterson was said to be working on. You said that you became friends with Joanne, and I assume that a lot of what was going to become her memoir was imparted to you. IsThe Fifth Beatle in some way a realization of that book?

You know, I’m not aware that there was controversy over it. I know that she talked about putting her memories into a book that I think she was going to call There’s A Beatle In My Closet. When I did meet Joanne, which is a decade ago, she told me that she was working on a book, but never did the work on her book impact her forthcomingness with anything I had to ask of her. She was always completely willing to tell me anything I wanted to know and offered stories about Brian without my asking,

The controversy specifically was that it was being solicited that the book would reveal which Beatle Brian Epstein had a homosexual relationship with. It was a very tabloid-like headline.

That’s not Joanne’s style at all. I think if she knew something like that she would either not want to talk about it or would talk about it with the utmost discretion. She is not the type of person who thrives from controversy. And without putting words into her mouth, she is definitely not somebody who would give two wits about selling books. If she put her memoir out it would not be to make money, because I don’t think she cares about that. I think it would be more about telling a story before it is lost in time. That sounds like a fabrication of the British press in particular.

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