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Don't Let Me Down
on 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. I hope Alastair has made a stack of cash from his book, its a harmless but likeable real life story. The romantic in me hopes Macca has read it, had him for tea and given him a very late and very large severance cheque, after all they are both nearing the end of that long and winding road they once intimately shared. Buy the book, its worth it if you are a fan, lord knows there are enough of us!