Derek Taylor: For Your Radioactive Children: Days In The Life of the Beatles' Spin Doctor

Derek Taylor: For Your Radioactive Children: Days In The Life of the Beatles' Spin Doctor

by Andrew Darlington


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Derek Taylor lived a charmed life. It started on Saturday, 7 May 1932, in the Liverpool 17 suburb of Toxteth Park South, and it saw him becoming a writer best known as the press agent for the Beatles. He became the band's friend and intimate across thirty years. There are no shortage of claimants to the 'honorary' or 'fifth Beatle' status, but Derek's claim is more valid than most. His urbane charm, his easy intelligence and the value of his contribution to the Beatles' collective story are beyond dispute. He put spin on stories decades before the term 'spin doctor' was concocted, with his droll, idiosyncratic way of speaking. It all began in 1964, when he co-wrote A Cellarful Of Noise, the best-selling autobiography of Brian Epstein. Soon after, he became Epstein's personal assistant and The Beatles' press agent. In 1965 he moved to Los Angeles, where he started his own public relations company working for bands like Paul Revere And The Raiders, The Byrds and The Beach Boys, and also co-created the historic Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. Brian Wilson called him a 'PR whiz' and 'a colourful, slick-talking Brit'. Later, he returned to England to work for the Beatles again as press officer for the newly created Apple Corps. This is the definitive biography of a man that was at the heart of the music world of the 1960s and 1970s. It is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the Beatles of course, but also to anyone yearning for a deep dive into the colourful world of a man who helped define an era.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781789520385
Publisher: Sonicbond Publishing
Publication date: 06/15/2021
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 702,018
Product dimensions: 5.58(w) x 8.57(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Andrew Darlington has walked the magma crust of the Nisyros volcano. And Kink Dave Davies answered his Tweet. He writes about music for R'N'R (Rock 'n' Reel), and counter-culture for IT: International Times. His science fiction has appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction magazine, and in his own parallel universe collection Saucerful Of Secrets. His latest poetry collection is Tweak Vision: The Word-Play Solution To Modern-Angst Confusion and his Scientifiction Novel In The Time Of The Breaking are both from Alien Buddha Press, USA. His writing can be found at Eight Miles Higher: He lives in 'ssett, West Yorkshire, UK.

Table of Contents

Chapter 2 Dear Sir Or Madam, Won't You Read My Book? 10

Chapter 3 1961: Those Savage Young Beatles 34

Chapter 4 1962: What The Papers Say 55

Chapter 5 1963: With The Beatles 75

Chapter 6 1964: Eight Days A Week 89

Chapter 7 1964: In My Life 116

Chapter 8 1965: So You Want To Be A rock 'N' roll Star? 148

Chapter 9 Fake Tales Of San Francisco 179

Chapter 10 1966: It's A New Generation, With A New Explanation, People In Motion, People In Motion 197

Chapter 11 1967: 'I Think That Maybe I'm Dreaming…' 229

Chapter 12 1968: Get Back To Where You Once Belonged 250

Chapter 13 Discs And Music Echoes 296

Chapter 14 And In The End, The Love You Make Is Equal 329

Chapter 15 Post-Flyte 332

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