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This is an auction for IT WAS TWENTY YEARS AGO TODAY by Derek Taylor.

"A press agent for the Beatles and other groups, Taylor served as consultant for Granada Television's documentary celebration of 1967, the high point of the '60s counterculture. Taylor incorporates material from the TV show and presents interviews and quotations in which key people from the period - including Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Mick Jagger, Ken Kesey, Allen Ginsburg, Timothy Leary, Michelle Phillips and Hunter Thompson - remember a "feeling that extraordinary things were about to happen and it felt as if we were at the centre of things, making them happen." This sense of excitement about the possibility of change pervades the book, as Taylor discusses the Monterey Pop Festival (which he co-founded), the rise of acid culture, be-ins, the impact of the Diggers (who distributed free food) and Marshall McLuhan, the psychedelic poster fad, protests and demonstrations, as well as trends in fashion, films, art, happenings and literature. This is an exhilarating remembrance."
- Publishers Weekly (US)

"With his title taken from the opening line of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Taylor provides an impressionistic, anecdotal reminiscence of the year in which the Beatles' masterpiece was released. Starting with an insider's view of how the album was conceived and produced, the author explores some of its mythology as well as centrality to the events of 1967. That year saw the high-water mark of hippiedom, the heyday of love and long hair, peace and flowers."
- Library Journal (US)

Large format (trade) paperback 1987.

286 pages.

Photographs throughout.

Good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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