Derek Taylor: Behind the Beatles’ Legacy

Derek Taylor was a working journalist when he met the Beatles, literally in the right place at the right time as the band was on the cusp of fame in England.

Manager Brian Epstein brought Taylor aboard as the Beatles’ press agent.

Taylor accompanied the boys as they rocketed to worldwide fame, looking on as they transcended music to become cultural icons.

Taylor’s story — as he recounted in his 1987 book called It Was Twenty Years Ago Today — reminds us that the Beatles were not just a band; they were a cultural phenomenon that continues to shape the world of music.

So here now, from 1987, Derek Taylor.

Derek Taylor died in 1997. He was 65.

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Julia Baird

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One night, 40 years ago this week, a young man approached musician John Lennon outside Lennon’s Manhattan apartment building. The young man appeared to be asking for an autograph, but instead, shot and killed Lennon, who was just 40.

A few years later, Lennon’s half-sister, Julia Baird, wrote a book about her, her brother, and their mother, called John Lennon, My Brother.

I met Julia Baird in 1988, when she was touring the U.S. to promote that book.

So here now, from 1988, Julia Baird.

Julia Baird is 73 now, retired from her job as a teacher, and still lives in Liverpool.