Monday, June 17, 2024

Beatles Road Manager Bio Coming Next Year: Mal Evans Killed by LAPD in 1976 Got Little Help from His Friends


If you’ve watched the Beatles’ “Get Back” docuseries on Disney Plus, you’ve seen the Beatles’ long time road manager Mal Evans. Throughout the eight hours he’s constantly called upon by the group to supply equipment, fix things, shlep stuff, etc. One of them will say, “Mal?” and Evans pops in looking like a young Gerard Depardieu sporting thick eyeglasses.

Now Evans’s biography will be published by Harper Collins, followed by his archives, next year. Evans was killed in 1976 at age 40 by stupid Los Angeles Police Department officers in his rented apartment. They confused his air gun with a real one and just shot him dead. Evans was separated from his wife, who’d recently asked for a divorce. The Beatles did nothing for his family. According to Wikipedia, Paul McCartney once sued them for trying to make money selling handwritten lyrics.

But now Evans will have his say, from the grave. Beatles scholar and author Kenneth Womack has worked with his family to put the projects together. They will be invaluable documents for Beatles scholarship and history. Evans was hired in 1963 and worked with the group right to the last day.

“My dad meant the world to me,” Evans’ son Gary said in a statement. “He was my hero. Before Ken joined the project, I thought I knew the story of my dad. But what I knew was in monochrome; 15 months later it is like The Wizard of Oz (dad’s favorite film) because Ken has added so much color, so much light to his story. Ken has shown me that dad was the Beatles’ greatest friend. He was lucky to meet them, but they had more good fortune with dad walking down the Cavern steps for the first time.”

The Evans family likely been stewing since Mal’s death. They’ll finally get to his story and make some money from it. They deserve it.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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