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Derek Taylor - As Time Goes By
15 January 2018
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Long out of print, Faber have announced a reissue of this important early insider book:

Some extremely exciting news to start 2018. On 5 April we reissue As Time Goes By, the memoir of The Beatles publicist, Derek Taylor, first published in 1973. It features a new introduction by Jon Savage and new artwork.

While Taylor doesn't dish the dirt in the way many later insider books would, Taylor's conversational style and obvious affection make for a wonderful read, in my opinion.

I'd highly recommend this to those yet to read it, and am looking forward to retiring my battered second edition.

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I need to check this out. Why I've sometimes found his rather florid writing style a bit annoying at times, there's no denying his talent and he was one of the inner circle (as out of control as he got during the Apple years), so this looks to be required reading for me.

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I was just reading an article about this.  Glad to see a recommendation @Ron Nasty.  Please let us know if you read it, @DrBeatle.

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10 April 2018
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Release date is 5 May. I just preordered my copy. derek-taylor_01_gif

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Already out here in the UK (wonder why there's a delay overseas?), I pick up my copy from Waterstones on Friday.

Here's a review from the Sunday's Guardian, and another review from the daily Guardian (which quotes possibly my favourite line about the Apple press office ever written).

Stocky McMullen was with us for about half a year, he sat mostly on top of a filing cabinet and drew fantasy pictures of penises eating each other.

Could be straight out of The Rutles if it wasn't true!

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Heh I remember Stocky from DiLello's memoir.

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After a couple of emails alerting me of changes in the shipping date, the book finally arrived with the mail yesterday. The delay was worth it though. Amazon's price guarantee policy netted me a cool 79 cent refund. If any of you received the same refund, perhaps we can go halvesies on a Kiwi Cutter Peeler Slicer.  

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It can be ours for only $1.35 + tax. paul-mccartney-thumb_gif

Actually, the timing is right as I am almost finished with the book I'm reading now. It's supposed to rain a lot in the foreseeable future, so I'm looking forward to kicking back and giving this a read.

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Ron Nasty said

While Taylor doesn't dish the dirt in the way many later insider books would, Taylor's conversational style and obvious affection make for a wonderful read, in my opinion.

Totally agree.

If you are going to buy this (very inexpensive, BTW) don't expect a ton of stories about The Beatles. Having said that, the anecdotes he did relay about the boys are interesting and in most cases, very funny. This book reminds of the one I read years ago by actor Tony Randall titled Which Reminds Me. It's a hodge-podge of anecdotes mostly about many people and artists he knew or worked with throughout his career. His writing style may not be for everyone, but I got a kick out of it. Derek is one of those who I did not know much about but found to be fascinating. His dry sense of humor is one that I have always admired. Overall, I am very happy I read this. The only drawback for me is that I wish it were longer - he tells a great story.

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