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DEREK TAYLOR SPOTLIGHT – BEATLES PRESS AGENT, FRIEND AND CONFIDANTE

Though there was an excellent Derek Taylor biography with the limited edition Genesis book, “Fifty Years Adrift,” and a book that Derek authored about the 20th anniversary of Sgt Pepper, and a title of more general musical memories entitled “As Time Goes By,” this Derek Taylor biography by author Andrew Darlington is an underrated book detailing the importance and relevance of this character in the Beatles story!

Done with the cooperation of the Taylor family, I certainly enjoyed this book dealing with the wit, wisdom, and intelligence of this Beatles confidante. Only Neil and Mal could rival or exceed the importance of Derek in the inner circle of the Beatles!

Derek Taylor For Your Radioactive Children
Derek Taylor For Your Radioactive Children
Derek Taylor For Your Radioactive Children
Derek Taylor For Your Radioactive Children
Derek Taylor For Your Radioactive Children
Derek Taylor For Your Radioactive Children
Derek Taylor For Your Radioactive Children
Derek Taylor For Your Radioactive Children

It Was Twenty Years Ago

1987 Touchstone Edition-Derek’s analysis of the 20th anniversary of the epic Beatles LP and all the cultural changes surrounding those years. An excellent book.

It Was Twenty Years Ago Today
It Was Twenty Years Ago Today

As Time Goes By

As Time Goes By
As Time Goes By

1983 Edition published by Popular Culture Ink which at one time was known as Pierian Press

As Time Goes By
As Time Goes By

Straight Arrow Books, Incorporated-1973 edition

As Time Goes By
As Time Goes By

Davis-Poynter 1973 hardcover edition

As Time Goes By
As Time Goes By

Derek Taylor – Genesis

Derek’s Genesis Publications limited edition “Fifty Years Adrift” book-though a fabulous book, most of the Beatles book collecting audience is not privy to it’s contents due to the limited nature of it’s release. There were only two thousand copies issued and to the best of my knowledge the book has never appeared in any other edition. That truly is a shame! All copies of this edition were signed by Derek!

Fifty Years Adrift
Fifty Years Adrift

The rarest Derek Taylor book of them all. Only 100 copies of this edition of the “As Time Goes By” book were issued by Genesis Publications. All copies were signed by Derek.

Fifty Years Adrift
Fifty Years Adrift

Derek Taylor Beatles trivia question

What  prominent Beatles song from the White Album did Derek Taylor contribute lyrics to? There may be more than one answer to this question! Let me know in the comments below.

From Tony Hanley

I loved the Derek Taylor post as I met him (as a kid) on quite a few occasions, and it brought back some great memories, so I thought I would share the attached and following, if you want to share with your followers.

During school holidays, I would catch the train up to London to spend the day with Tom at his Museum Street studio On one occasion when my Dad visited the Apple (or WEA) offices, During the day, if he needed to go somewhere it was often within walking distance, and it was always great news if he said we were off to visit Derek Taylor. I always remember Derek as a generous, lively, happy individual.

So off we would trundle to see Derek, who looking back, you might say that was ‘bordering on the eccentric’ or ‘had a massively creative brain’, or both, either way, he was always immensely welcoming and I knew that to keep me amused while Tom and Derek talked ‘shop’, Derek would first walk me to a secretary and say ‘get Tony a coke’, and sit him down over there. ‘Over there’ was where the finished albums were on many shelves and I was always told ‘there you go, help yourself’. At the embarrassment of my dad, Tom, I would always try and carry as much as my own body weight, in a box, to which Tom would say ‘you’re not taking all that lot, now go and put some back!’, to which I would reluctantly comply.

I often wondered why some of the albums that I managed to take away had a full album cover, but the vinyl had no record label, just a white disc marked ‘promo copy only – not for resale’ needles to say 50 something years later, of course I know what they were, and I’m sure that some of them must be of immense value today, had I have kept them.

Besides giving some to my mates, or repeatedly playing some to the point of nearly wearing them down, some 6 or 7 house moves later, they are sadly no more. The upside is that one of the albums from Apple was ‘That’s the way God planned it’ by Billy Preston, not that it converted me to religion, as that was the album that introduced me to his honey like voice, fantastic (Hammond) organ sound, and an introduction to blues music, which was a wonder to behold. I am forever in awe of Billy Preston’s incredible talent.

There you go – just a fond memory of Derek Taylor.

Buzz