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Benedict Cumberbatch to play legendary gay music manager

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  1. Spanner1960 1 Nov 2012, 1:23pm

    Hells bells, who writes this crap!?
    Brian Epstein was never their producer, he was their manager.

    The Beatle’s producer was George Martin ‘The Fifth Beatle’ who incidentally, isn’t gay.

    1. Maybe Epstein was the 6th Beatle – but then wasn’t there another Beatle who wasn’t in the ‘fab 4′, Pete Best – so that would make Epstein the 7th Beatle. Anyhow – Epstein was v important for the Beatles.

      1. Spanner1960 1 Nov 2012, 8:04pm

        Well interesting since I made this comment the headline was changed from “Producer” to “Manager”.

  2. Wonder who’ll play Cilla?

    1. My moneys on Ed Sheeran in a dress…

  3. He won’t get to sleep with John Lennon though will he?

  4. Robert in S. Kensington 1 Nov 2012, 4:22pm

    Would never think Cumberbatch would get such a role. Odd name too.

    1. No odder than many others: The family name Cumberbatch is the most popular variant spelling of a place called Comberbach; which is a village in Cheshire, England. A Co(o)mbe is old English for a valley, so a Comber is a dweller in a valley; bach(e) is Old English for a stream. So Comberbach means dweller in a valley with a stream and this is an accurate description of the place. Comberbach was not mentioned in the Doomsday Book but is mentioned in early Cheshire Charters dating from the late 12th century.

      The Cumberbatch surname has an additional point of origin – Barbados. After August 1834 Barbados slaves, previously the property of white Cumberbatch families, were freed and many took the surname. By December 1833 all of the white male Cumberbatchs had either died or relocated back to England. So any black Cumberbatch whether in England, Trinidad, Guyana, US or anywhere have ancestral roots in Barbados.

      http://www.one-name.org/profiles/cumberbatch.html

  5. Spanner1960 1 Nov 2012, 8:11pm

    I’m not entirely sure why, but there were a lot of bands in the 60’s and 70’s who had gay managers.

    An interesting article here on it:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/feb/28/how-pop-lost-gay-edge

    1. Isn’t it a case of always having to be the bridesmaid and not the bride (so to speak), as so many gay people have always had to be because of public hostility towards us? It was often the only way gay people could be in any way with the performing side of music.

      It’s certainly true of the classical music world too – hardly any soloists were (or are) gay, in fact it’s a cliché that accompanists are very likely to be gay while they people they accompany not.

      1. Spanner1960 4 Nov 2012, 10:32am

        What utter rot. I have no idea where you base your information.
        Artist management is nothing like being a musician, and I have known many, and I can tell you now, virtually every one of them was a complete and utter sh|tbag, because that is the nature of the business, and secondly none of them could play or sing a note.
        Oh, and also, one of my ex’s was the solo clarinettist for the LPO, so that isn’t true either.

        1. I will bow to your greater knowledge of band management, but when I say soloists I don’t refer (rather obviously, I’d have thought) to orchestra principals but to those who give solo recitals or are concert artists in the sense of playing a concerto. (And incidentally, no doubt you would know from your ex that oddly few orchestral musicians are gay, wouldn’t you?)

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