By the time this review is scheduled to post, I’ll be on a 4 day silent retreat at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist, KY. I considered taking another Beatles book with me to review, but decided to leave work at home while I contemplate world peace. Enjoy the review.
Derek…Derek…Derek! Every book I’ve read about the Beatles mentions Derek Taylor. One author even went so far as to say Derek is the real fifth Beatle! Derek was Brian Epstein’s personal assistant before becoming the press agent for the Beatles. Then he quit…then he came back again. In that time, he wrote two books. This is a review of his first book, As Time Goes By.
As Time Goes By by Derek Taylor is a 181 page memoir of Derek’s life in the music business from 1968-1971, with a lot of stories before and after those years. This was Derek’s first memoir, his second was titled – Fifty Years Adrift and a third book, It Was Twenty Years Ago Today, about the anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s album was published in 1987. He also helped George Harrison write his autobiography, I, Me, Mine.
I don’t know that As Time Goes By is the right title for this book. After several chapters, I started to think it should be called ‘Everybody Must Get Stoned’ or ‘I Get High With A Little Help From My Friends’ or ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.’ It would seem from what I read in these pages, that Mr. Taylor spent most of his working years in an altered state of consciousness. He even goes so far as to refer to himself on several occasions as an acid-head or pot-head. His stories are great, but they come in no real chronological order. The book seems to just be random memories and anecdotes of him and famous people.
Is it a good book? Meh. Is it a fun book? Yes. Is it weird as hell? Oh, hell yeah! Will I read his other books? Only time will tell since I’m still trying to figure out what I just read. What a long strange trip it’s been…
You can find a used copy of As Time Goes By on Amazon for less than $3 if you choose to go down that rabbit hole.
I rate this book: 2 out of 4 Beetles!
You can read more about Derek Taylor on Wikipedia.