Peter Brown (music industry)
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Peter Brown is an American-based English businessman. He currently resides in New York City.
Brown was a personal assistant to Brian Epstein and The Beatles during the 1960s. He was a confidant to the Epstein family, and ran a music store for Brian in Liverpool before becoming part of The Beatles' management team. Brown was one of the few people to have direct contact with each Beatle, travelling worldwide with the band members and knowing their daily whereabouts.
Brown served as a board member of Apple Corps, the Beatles' company, which he helped to establish. After Epstein's death, Brown assumed many of the day-to-day management duties Epstein had performed. Brown was with The Beatles at Rishikesh in 1968.
Brown was witness to the wedding of Paul and Linda McCartney, and was best man at the wedding of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, during 1969. Lennon immortalised Brown in a line from "The Ballad of John and Yoko" ("Peter Brown called to say 'You can make it OK, you can get married in Gibraltar near Spain'"), one of the last Beatles singles.
After the Beatles disbanded in 1970, Brown became President and chief executive officer of the Robert Stigwood Organisation. In 1977, Brown formed the Entertainment Development Company. He later founded Brown & Powers, a global public relations firm, in 1983, which today is BLJ Worldwide. He is chairman Emeritus of Literacy Partners, a member of the US Steering Committee for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, a member of the board for British American Business, a member of the selection committee of the Lee Strasberg Artistic Achievement Award, and a board member of the American Associates of the National Theatre of Great Britain.
Brown co-wrote (with author Steven Gaines) a biography of the Beatles titled The Love You Make: An Insider's Story of The Beatles, which was published in 1983.
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