‘Like a small child,’ John Lennon was’shattered, absolutely distraught’ by Brian Epstein’s death.
The murder of John Lennon’s manager, Brian Epstein, left him “shattered” and “completely devastated,” according to the director of the new documentary film The Beatles and India.
Brian Epstein was The Beatles’ manager from 1962 until his untimely death in August 1967 at the age of 32 from an accidental drug overdose. At the time, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr were in Bangor, Wales, for a Transcendental Meditation program given by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, an Indian guru. Their visit was cut short, however, when they learned of Brian’s death on August 27.
The director of the new documentary film The Beatles and India, Ajoy Bose, spoke exclusively with This website about the impact Brian’s death had on John Lennon and how he became reliant on the Maharishi as a result.
“John was so emotionally dependant on Brian,” says the filmmaker and author of Across The Universe — The Beatles In India. He had the potential to go utterly insane.
“In some ways, the Maharishi took Brian’s place. A series of events occurred in order to make [The Beatles] so reliant on the Maharishi.
“If John hadn’t gone insane following Brian’s death and hadn’t planned his trip to India…”
Do you like to hear the latest music from your favorite artists? To listen to limitless music on Amazon Music, sign up for a free 30-day trial at this link. “John was always looking for the next best thing,” Ajoy continued. He was continuously coming up with new ideas.
“I’m not sure what he would have done because we show you footage of John’s expression following Brian’s death in the film.” He is wrecked, completely devastated.” When asked what he and The Beatles would do now after hearing the news, Lennon simply said, “I don’t know.” “He was like a small child,” Ajoy continued. They had the consistency of jelly.” The Beatles traveled to Rishikesh in northern India a few months later in February 1968 to participate in a Transcendental Meditation course at the Maharishi’s ashram.
The Beatles wrote eighteen songs for The White Album and a couple for Abbey Road while in India, but they also had a falling out with the Maharishi, who they felt was using them for his own ends. “Brinkwire News Summary.”