It Was Twenty Years Ag...
Derek Taylor
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It Was Twenty Years Ago Today

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The press agent for the Beatles presents this account of the turning point in the counterculture of the 1960s, a celebratory feast of images and recollections that is also the focus of a June 1987 English television documentary, covering Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, "The Summer of Love", Monterey Pop, the Psychedelic Explosion and the Raising of the Pentagon. Col...more
Published May 21st 1987 by Bantam Press
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There are countless books about the Sixties, but only a few which really capture the feeling of limitless possibilities and potential. This is one of those books, written by someone who was there on the inside, participating and observing in delight and wonder - with perhaps a little bemused trepidation too. For younger generations, the Sixties are often just a flashy mass of superficial cliches, co-opted by commercial culture and stripped of any deeper meaning. Derek Taylor reminds us that it w...more
Apr 13, 2008 John rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Beatles fans and 60's children
In this book Taylor really emphasises the significance of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album - those of us that love the group/album hardly need covincing.

The title is an obvious take from the opening line from the album - what follows is wonderful.

We are taken on a modern pop history of the conception and production of a masterpiece... the author, after all, was The Beatles press manager. Taylor places the album firmly back in the 60's and describes the influeces upon it and those tha...more
David Ward
It Was Twenty Years Ago Today: An Anniversary Celebration of 1967 - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, "The Summer of Love," Monterey Pop, Be-Ins, the Psychedelic Explosion, and the Raising of the Pentagon, by Derek Taylor (Fireside Books 1987) is all over the place in its reminiscences from 1967. It taught me more than I ever suspected about the Diggers (the Hippies' rational viewpoint), and I never knew that the Pentagon was levitated - until I read this book. Fine color photos included. 5...more
This book gave me a broader view of what was happening in 1967. By June '67, I had just finished my freshman year in college in Detroit. The bloody Detroit riots were 'held' that July. My beloved Detroit Tigers would lose out to the Boston Red Sox in the American League race that September. And in the background all there was all of this 'stuff' happening

Great format.
Jan 01, 2014 Elizabeth rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Beatles people
Derek Taylor was one of the few individuals with an insider's knowledge of the day to day activities of the Beatles. His recollections, which are both witty and real, are from a friend's point of view, written in an unbiased manner.
The 60's must have been serious fun, because a large majority of those involved (who survived) couldn't stop talking/profiteering from it.
Josi Rebar
Great book! I loved the chapters on recording with George Martin.
I thought this captured the times well.
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