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As Time Goes By

Derek Taylor

A spellbindingly intimate insider’s account of the 1960s music industry by one of the Beatles’ most trusted friends.

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‘The sharpest memoir written by one of the Beatles’ inner circle.’ Observer

Derek Taylor’s iconic memoir is a rare opportunity to be immersed in one of the most whirlwind music sensations in history: Beatlemania. As Time Goes By tells the remarkable story of Taylor’s trajectory from humble provincial journalist to loved confidant right at the centre of the Beatles’ magic circle. In charming, conversational prose, Taylor shares anecdotes and reminiscences so vivid and immediate that you find yourself plunged into the beating heart of 1960s counterculture. Whether watching the debut performance of ‘Hey Jude’ in a country pub or hearing first-hand gossip about a star-studded cast of characters, Taylor’s unique narrative voice forges an autobiography like no other. Reissued here in a brand new edition with a foreword by celebrated writer Jon Savage, this long-admired memoir is a cult classic of the genre awaiting a new readership.

Critic Reviews

An authentic account of the psychedelic 60s and the Beatles from one of the coolest guys in the business.

Neil Tennant
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Excellent ... As Time Goes By was the first, and remains the sharpest, memoir written by one of the Beatles’ inner circle ... An elegant writer [and] industry insider companion.

Bob Stanley, The Observer
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What a delightful man Derek Taylor was: charming and urbane, the laconic centre at the heart of the turmoil that was the waning of the Beatles’ empire, as money haemorrhaged away and friendships dissolved. This memoir, a reflective series of anecdotes written in a warmly conversational style, was first published in 1973. Now republished, the passage of time – and the passing of Taylor, who died of cancer in 1997 aged 65 – only adds to its poignancy as a fond reminiscence of a vanished era.

Mick Brown, Telegraph (5*****)
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Unlike most of the hotshots who were then establishing what we now know as the global PR industry, Taylor had one big advantage: he could write. And in the late 60s and early 70s, he snatched time to record opinions that would not quite cohere into a memoir, but still evoke his dazzling working life and the era in which it happened. In his sparse, lyrical prose style, there are echoes of Joan Didion, another writer born before the so-called Love Generation, but who wrote about its rise and fall with authority.

John Harries, Guardian
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Written in an exorcism of paranoia and self-reproach, and a sentimental yearning for the idyll of 1967, Taylor's anecdotal journal charts the mood-shift in the Beatles story, from 1964 to 1973, with firsthand insight, and an acid-enlightened Mersey wit fitting the blurred madness of the times.

Mojo (****)
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Exceptional [...] He imparts great wit, and it's a delight to devour the words he employs with such obvious joy [...] As Time Goes By is written from the eye of the storm by the only person there armed with the craft to convey the experience; it feels like the most indulgent privilege to join him for the trip of a lifetime.

Record Collector (*****)

Derek Taylor was the Beatles’ press officer in 1964 and the Apple Press Officer from 1968 until 1970. Between these years, he represented many acts including the Beach Boys and the Byrds. He continued to work with the Beatles in the 1980s and 1990s, particularly on the Anthology book, CD and documentary film project. He has published six books, of…

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