Malcolm Evans, the Beatles’ long-time roadie, personal assistant, and devoted friend, was an invaluable member of the band’s inner circle. A towering figure in horn-rimmed glasses, Evans loomed large in the Beatles’ story, contributing at times as a performer and sometime lyricist, while struggling to protect his beloved “boys.” He was there for the whole of the group’s remarkable story: from the Shea Stadium triumph through the creation of the timeless cover art for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and the famous Let It Be rooftop concert.
In the years after the Beatles’ disbandment, Big Mal continued in their employ as each embarked on solo careers. By 1974, he was determined to make his name as a songwriter and record producer, setting off for a new life in Los Angeles, where he penned his memoirs. But in January 1976, on the verge of sharing his book with the world, Evans’s story came to a tragic end during a domestic standoff with the LAPD.
For Beatles devotees, Mal’s life and untimely death have always been shrouded in mystery, and his diaries, manuscripts, and memorabilia were thought missing for decades. In a presentation based on his full access to Mal’s unpublished archives and hundreds of new interviews, Beatles’ scholar and author Kenneth Womack reveals Mal’s unknown story at the heart of the Beatles’ legend. Along the way, he shares unseen photos and ephemera that supply the missing puzzle piece in the Fab Four’s incredible story.
Womack’s book, Living the Beatles Legend: The Untold Story of Mal Evans (Dey Street Books), is available for purchase.
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