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With the Beatles: A Stunning Insight by The Man who was with the Band Every Step of the Way

With the Beatles: A Stunning Insight by The Man who was with the Band Every Step of the Way [Kindle Edition]

Alistair Taylor
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When we went to the Palace to get The Beatles their OBEs. John Lennon had some acid with him. 'I'm gonna slip it into the Queen's tea,' he told me. 'I want to open her mind and try to get her to declare war on somewhere nice and warm so we can all go and fight on the beaches.'
After Jane Asher dumped Paul McCartney he literally used to cry on my shoulder. We hit the bottle together. Hard. 'I had everything and I threw it all away,' he would say.
Alistair Taylor was with The Beatles from the moment they signed with Brian Epstein. In fact, apart from the signatures of each of the Fab Four, his is the only other name on the contract. From the very beginning he travelled, ate, partied, and even holidayed with them, right up until the beginning of the group's spectacular break up. As the group's 'Mr Fixit' he settled paternity cases, bought islands, houses and estates, and took care of John, Paul, George and Ringo when their lifestyles became a little too lively. Alistair Taylor was privy to all the secrets that we were never supposed to know. Now, on the 50th anniversary of Ringo's appointment as drummer, he reveals for the first time what it was really like to ride the rollercoaster that was the sixties with The Beatles.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 458 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake (2 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0072HV076
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #79,946 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't Let Me Down 29 July 2012
On the plus side Alastair Taylor's "With The Beatles" is a real non stop page turner, fun, colloquial,and human with a touch of the tragic. For Beatle historians Taylor provides some interesting source material and vignettes, particularly on the persona of Epstein. However its a shame the book was not properly proof read as it looses much of its potential weight triping over contradictions and errors. Taylor comes across as a most likeable and honest chap whose tragic missfortune was to turn down a cut on The Beatles original contract.I think I have read almost every "authoritive" book on The Beatles and Alastair Taylor has never previously emerged as anymore than a very useful stage hand, albeit on the greatest stage of the 20th centuary. It's intersting to cross reference his name in the index of all other Beatles tombs for some perspective. The tough truth is Tayor was a most useful fixer to the Beatles and real confidant to Epstein, but uttery replaceable. His contribution was valuable but not fundamental to the greatest rock 'n' roll band so far, unlike say Geoff Emerick. There is a "hard luck" sub text to Taylor's story, but there is little evidence to corroborate his perspective. That said The Beatles could be somewhat small minded/forgetful about publicaly acknowledging and crediting the enablers around them, but in the big scheme of things we can forgive them this flaw when set against their staggering cultural contribution. I am left with the impression Taylor thinks The Fab four should have looked after him better as they imploded after Epstein's death,for which its hard not to be sympathetic. Curiously Taylor makes no such suggestion about the Epstein estate, which to my mind had more responsibility to Taylor than The Beatles did. Read more ›
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Faulty pages inc. 5 Feb 2007
Well, you must at least feel a little sorry for Alistair Taylor, a man that sacrified so much for the "boys" and indeed for mr Epstein and then got sacked by Alan Klein. However. Even when you discard the most obvious errors, like spelling Brian Brain and so forth, the book is loaded with contradictionary facts. We learn in one chapter that Beatles had no leader, just to read a couple of pages further on that John was the only leader of the band. It becomes even stranger when Taylor and Epstein visit a concert in 1963 which begins with the band playing Michelle (released in 1965). Having also ordered Revolver - The secret history of the Beatles, from the same publishing house (John Blake) I start to wonder if this company ever check their authours stories. Or are they possibly just printing whatever they feel like, hoping to get away with it?
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1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry but Alistair Taylor's a cockwomble 1 Feb 2014
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Developing his tall tales must have kept sober all afternoon. John Lennon hadn't even heard of acid when The Beatles got their MBEs...neither had anybody else. And then there's Alistair's one time headline-grabber 'I was Raymond Jones' which was believed until Q magazine found Mr. Raymond Jones who could prove he WAS the guy who ordered 'My Bonnie'.

It's no wonder the band let him go and let Allen Klein take the blame. He's full of it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 15 Oct 2013
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I'm not an avid reader
I got a Kindle so I found this, its the kind of stuff I do read
Very good I think.
Well written
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 25 Sep 2013
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Great book very honestly written. We'll done Alister from a fellow scouser. Just finished reading this book on holiday in Croatia
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Insight 16 Jan 2014
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I wouldn't have believed that Fresh view on the Beatles was possible, well I was wrong, a great read and Alistair Taylor deserves far more than he has received for taking part so intimately in the lives of our heroes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 22 Sep 2013
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I thought I'd read everything about, and by, the Beatles but this was very different because Taylor was intimately involved but writes in a modest voice, and gives a different, and loyal, perspective of Epstein's role and character.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very one sided 28 Aug 2013
By Davyboy
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I enjoy reading books about the Beatles and have read several. The majority were very rounded giving a balanced view. This seems to be one sided, with the author painting a very rosy picture. Those of us that have read other books will know this was not the case. It does cover a large portion of the Beatles life but not everything should be taken as gospel. Read this book but remember it is is one mans memories.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
For the Beatles fan, a must read behind the scenes account by someone who lived and loved those heady days of the Beatles. A warm and easy to read personal account.
Published 8 months ago by Stephen James Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just another book
Read it all before? No you haven't! This is a really good read. Best read on a hot sandy beach with the White Album in your ears ( at least that's what I did!)
Published 8 months ago by hub301
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Great read but a bit of a sudden ending, I was hoping the Beatles sorted him out for the rest of his life.
Published 10 months ago by Dave Hutton
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
I enjoyed reading this book by Alistair Taylor
this is a must for any true beatles fan
Would recommend it.
Published 11 months ago by Autum
4.0 out of 5 stars He was there.
I like this book. Alistair was a loyal servant to Brian Epstein & the lads. It's a good read. I do want to mention one thing however, which has left me wondering how accurate it... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. R. C. Golten
5.0 out of 5 stars beatles
i thought this book was brilliant it was very interesting and informative from a man who was a friend of the beatles
there was nothing i disliked about this book and i would... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Anthony Catterson
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC
If you are a Beatles fan this is for you. Warts n all and honest, I learned things I didn't know about.
Published 13 months ago by Big Bernie
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