Hello Goodbye: Alistair Taylor Reflects on Life with The Beatles

I wanted to do something special for this blog, because it is my 100th published blog. So I am reprinting an interview with Alistair Taylor which was originally published in the book ESOTERIA-LAND (which is out of print).

Sir Paul McCartney and Alistair Taylor back stage

Sir Paul McCartney and Alistair Taylor back stage

Hello Goodbye:
Alistair Taylor Reflects on Life with the Fab Four

By Michael McCarty

It was forty years ago this week (namely, Nov. 9, 1961) that a Liverpool furniture salesman/record retailer named Brian Epstein and his assistant, Alistair Taylor, went to a local club called The Cavern to see an unknown band called The Beatles.
Their drummer was Pete Best and the group wore greasy black-leather jackets, but otherwise the famous line-up was – Paul McCartney on bass, John Lennon and George Harrison on guitars.
You know the rest of the story….

Paul McCartney (Photo by Raymond Congrove)

Paul McCartney (Photo by Raymond Congrove)

Ringo Starr (Photo by Raymond Congrove)

Ringo Starr (Photo by Raymond Congrove)

Epstein became the manager but Taylor became known as “Mr. Fix-It” – solving all the little problems and generally keeping the Fab Four happy and contented on a daily basis.
Alistair Taylor has written a book called Yesterday: My Life with the Beatles which details his frantic years with and without the band, which includes the time he turned down a chance to own a percentage of The Beatles just before they got a recording contract.

MICHAEL McCARTY: What are your thoughts on Brian Epstein?

ALISTAIR TAYLOR: I loved Brian Epstein very dearly; we had a weird relationship. He was gay, I wasn’t, yet we worked so well together. Brian was the greatest record retailer the world has ever known. The guy could smell a hit a million miles away – even before The Beatles! It’s no wonder what he did with that.

McCARTY: You and Brian Epstein first went to see The Beatles perform on Nov. 9, 1961, at The Cavern club. How do you remember The Cavern?

TAYLOR: Hell on earth was a good description of The Cavern. It was small, smelly … water and condensation dripped down the walls. The stage was like five planks of wood, that’s it. I used to go there when it was a jazz club and a trombone player once told me it was like blowing into a wet blanket.

McCARTY: What did you think of The Beatles the first time you saw them?

TAYLOR: I thought they were absolutely awful. They looked awful, they had no discipline, they weren’t very good musicians and they behaved abominably.

Paul McCartney (photo by Raymond Congrove)

Paul McCartney (photo by Raymond Congrove)

Ringo Starr (photo by Raymond Congrove)

Ringo Starr (photo by Raymond Congrove)

McCARTY: What do you remember about the day that Epstein agreed to manage The Beatles?

TAYLOR: The day we signed, I witnessed the contract with Brian. Brian never signed it so there’s five signatures: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Best and Alistair Taylor. My big claim to fame!
There was great excitement in the office. Everybody sort of patted each other on the back. It quieted down and Paul said, “I don’t know if we’re going to make it as a group but I’ll tell you what, I’m going to make it as a star!”

McCARTY: John Lennon claimed that The Beatles “sold out” when Epstein put them into suits and cleaned up their image. Do you agree or disagree?

TAYLOR: I’ve read the supposed quote from John about “selling out” and I just don’t go with this argument that they resented what Brian did to them – because if he’d have said, “Jump off the pier, it’ll make you a hit record,” they’d have done it.
We put them into suits. We never interfered musically, but we took them to hairdressers. We bought them ties and shirts. I don’t think they’d ever worn ties before, but at the time the boys would have done anything to become successful.

McCARTY: What kept Epstein going on, even after The Beatles had been rejected by every record company in England?

TAYLOR: Belief. We believed they would happen. He’s quoted as saying that “They’ll be bigger than Elvis.” I never heard him say it but he knew they were going places.

McCARTY: Is it true that Epstein threatened to pull all EMI products out of his family’s chain of record shops in England if EMI didn’t sign The Beatles to a recording contract?

TAYLOR: That is my belief. I’m sure he did.

McCARTY: In your work with The Beatles, you were known as “Mr. Fix-It,” the problem-solver. Which Beatle gave you the most trouble?

TAYLOR: In the early days, George used to be the troublemaker. He hated being a Beatle. I’ve been sent off in taxis to find him while they were off on tour and there was no George. Paul was always the guy that cared about image – all the way through, he was a public relations man. John couldn’t give a damn.

McCARTY: What is your recollection of The Beatles’ songwriting?

TAYLOR: When Paul and Jane Asher spilt, we used to sit at Paul’s place on Cavendish Avenue drinking Scotch and Coke. We started chatting about music and Paul asked, “Do you know anything about writing music?” and I said “Good God, no!”
“It’s dead easy, there’s nothing to it!” he said.
In Paul’s dining room, he had this little church organ and he said, “You get on that end, I’ll get on this end and run down the keyboard. I’m going to shout out a word and you shout out the opposite and keep this noise going.”
So we went bang, bang, bang, “Yes!” “No!” “Hello!” “Goodbye!” for half an hour. Two months later he came waltzing in and he’d just cut “Hello Goodbye” and I didn’t dare say, “Hey mate, I wrote that.”

McCARTY: Are The Beatles aware of all the Beatle conventions? What do you suppose they think of all the fuss?

TAYLOR: Yes, they are aware. I would imagine, quite honestly, that Paul would not approve because Paul’s got this thing that everybody’s living on his back. Unless he’s changed dramatically, he would imagine this is just a fast buck-making thing.

McCARTY: Why do you think it took so long for Liverpool to honor The Beatles and what they accomplished?

TAYLOR: My own theory is, they resented the boys moving to London (from Liverpool). I think it’s getting better because Paul took the trouble to add “Let It Be Liverpool” to the World Tour, and he did Liverpool proud. Standing on the banks of the Mersey on a warm June evening with 26,000 people singing “Give Peace a Chance,” I shall never forget it as long as I live.

McCARTY: What have you been doing since leaving The Beatles?

TAYLOR: Basically, a very ordinary job. I had possibly one of the top jobs in pop music. What happened was, everybody disappeared into the woodwork. Everybody had assumed that I had earned such a vast sum of money that they were scared stiff they couldn’t afford me!
I couldn’t get a job. The only job I could get was a pot washer in a big hotel in England. In hotel hierarchy, nothing comes lower than a pot washer. It is the bottom!
I did that for nine months, then I managed to move up. I went back into the hotel business and became an assistant manager. Just recently, I’ve been managing a warehouse for a computer company.
As I say, just routine jobs.

McCARTY: When Brian Epstein first decided to manage The Beatles, he offered you two percent of them but you turned him down. Any regrets?

TAYLOR: Just a little bit, yes! The biggest mistake of my life, looking back on it. At the time it didn’t seem important.

If you like this interview, please check out my mega book of interviews MODERN MYTHMAKERS: 35 Interviews With Horror and Science Fiction Writers and Filmmakers:

The book features 35 interviews with such writers and filmmakers as Elvira, Ray Bradbury, John Carpenter, Dean Koontz, John Saul, The cast & crew of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, Joe McKinney, Peter Straub, Linnea Quigley, William F. Nolan, Christopher Moore and many more….

(Kindle & Trade paperback) http://www.amazon.com/Modern-Mythmakers-Interviews-Science-Filmmakers-ebook/dp/B00TY5AWJ6/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

(Kindle & Trade paperback) http://www.amazon.com/Modern-Mythmakers-Interviews-Science-Filmmakers-ebook/dp/B00TY5AWJ6/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

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R.I.P. 2016

R.I.P. 2016
By Michael McCarty

2016 was a weird year. I was happy to pull off the 2016 calendar off the wall — goodbye and good riddance. Let’s hope that 2017 is better.


For me, I left my sales job at Terminix to get a tech job at Orkin.
The Chicago Cubs won the world series — that was awesome! (and Hell didn’t freeze over either).
The election finally ended (Thank God!)
and I had 3 books published in 2016:

BLOODLINE by Michael McCarty & Jody R. LaGreca


LIQUID DIET & MIDNIGHT SNACK by Michael McCarty (in trade paperback)

Liquid Diet



Also Mark McLaughlin and I wrote a film essay for WHEN ANIMALS ATTACK


It was also the Year of the Reaper, especially if you were a celebrity. Here is just some of the Famous People who passed away in 2016:

David Bowie, Prince, Glenn Frey, Alan Rickman, Natalie Cole, Harper Lee, Patty Duke, Frank Sinatra Jr., Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, Sir George Martin, Nancy Reagan, Abe Vigoda, Merle Haggard, Dan Haggerty, Paul Kantner, Muhammad Ali, Michael Cimino, Pete Burns, Arnold Palmer, Gene Wilder, Florence Henderson, Leon Russell, George Kennedy, Leonard Cohen, Garry Shandling, Alan Thicke, Debbie Reynolds, Zsa Zsa Gabor, George Michael and John Glenn.

Horror and science fiction celebrities who passed away in 2016: Carrie Fisher, Kenny Baker, Don Calfa, Larry Drake, Corey Haim, Chilly Billy Cardille, Gunnar Hansen and Herschel Gordon Lewis. (I interviewed Mr. Lewis in MODERN MYTHMAKERS: 35 Interviews with Horror and Science Fiction Writers and Filmmakers).

Modern Mythmakers

Personally, I lost friends Lyle Ernst and “Doctor Bob” Murdock and friend and local musician hero Ellis Kell.

Luckily, I’m not a celebrity, so I didn’t meet my Maker. But if I did … this is how I’d imagine my tombstone would read:

Michael McCarty: America’s greatest writer of unimportant books

This is a link to some of those “unimportant books” ….

(Dracula Transformed)

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1479422991/
US Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01K815A3C

(I Kissed A Ghoul)




(Modern Mythmakers)


(Liquid Diet)


(Trade Paperback)



(When Animals Attack)


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Graphic Novel Projects

This page was created so an agent could look at my graphic novel projects … which I have many. But the general public can view this as well. I have nothing to hide.

The first one is:

LOST GIRL OF THE LAKE by Joe McKinney & Michael McCarty
The novella which this was based was on the Bram Stoker Final Ballot for Best Long Fiction of the Year.

The graphic is a stand-alone book.

(Page 1)

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The next project is:

I KISSED A GHOUL by Michael McCarty.
This YA was on the Bram Stoker Final Ballot for Best Young Adult Fiction.

I can see this being a series of graphic novels …

(Cover artwork)


The next project is:
The Scream Queen Series …

This is a planned series of graphic novels based on the books by Michael McCarty and scream queen horror actress Linnea Quigley who has appeared in such movies as RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, NIGHT OF THE DEMON, HOLLYWOOD CHAINSAW HOOKERS, INNOCENT BLOOD, CREEPOZOIDS and many more….

Based on the books: NIGHT OF THE SCREAM QUEEN by Michael McCarty & Linnea Quigley, RETURN OF THE SCREAM QUEEN by Michael McCarty & Linnea Quigley & Stan Swanson… but I foresee several other projects as well



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(Back Cover)

And lastly a series of graphic novels based on:


(Front cover)


And lastly a non-fiction graphic novel based on the non-fiction book CONVERSATIONS WITH KRESKIN by The Amazing Kreskin and Michael McCarty



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Ho Ho Ho – Horrors! Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Horror and Sci-Fi Fans

Looking for stocking stuffers for fans of horror and science fiction on your Christmas list? It doesn’t matter if they have been naughty or nice, Michael McCarty books (kindle, nook or trade paperbacks) make great gifties…


Here are a few suggestions


1) DRACULA TRANSFORMED AND OTHER BLOODTHIRSTY TALES by Mark McLaughlin & Michael McCarty (Wildside Press)

5 Dracula tales and 6 vampire short stories. Introduction by the Amazing Kreskin and an afterword by C. Dean Andersson. This should please any fan of the undead.

I Kissed A Ghoul

2) I KISSED A GHOUL by Michael McCarty (Curiosity Quills Press)

This YA book is about the horny Mayor’s son who tries to score every chance he gets, but fights monsters instead

Modern Mythmakers


35 Interviews with the likes of Ray Bradbury, Elvira, Dean Koontz, The Cast & Crew of Night of the Living Dead, John Saul, John Carpenter, Laurell K. Hamilton, Richard Matheson, Joe McKinney, William F. Nolan, Christopher Moore and many more.

4) The BLOODLESS Series:
BLOODLESS by Michael McCarty and Jody LaGreca (Whiskey Creek Press) (CreateSpace)
BLOODLUST by Jody R. LaGreca and Michael McCarty (Whiskey Creek Press) (CreateSpace)
BLOODLINE by Michael McCarty and Jody LaGreca (Whiskey Creek Press)

A 100 vampire & Marilyn Monroe. The bloodsucker survives both the Lusitania and Hindenburg disasters but
can he survive raising a family too?


5) A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FIENDS by Michael McCarty (Wildside Press)
A terrific short story collection with Beatles robots, vampires, zombies, invisible scientists … you will love it

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The books are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble …. etc etc etc. Below are the links for Amazon ebooks, trade paperbacks on their site too

(Dracula Transformed)

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1479422991/
US Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01K815A3C

(I Kissed A Ghoul)





(Modern Mythmakers)


(Bloodless Series):









Have a very, scary Christmas from Michael McCarty & Fiends …

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Mark McLaughlin’s Dracula Transformed Radio Interview


Mark McLaughlin was interviewed on WVIK Public Radio about DRACULA TRANSFORMED. I had to work that day, but Mark talked about me as part of the interview, of course, so that I’d be represented! Here’s a link to the interview if you’d like to check it out:

DRACULA TRANSFORMED & Other Bloodthirsty Tales by Mark McLaughlin and Michael McCarty is available for Kindle and as a paperback:
Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1479422991/
US Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01K815A3C/
UK Kindle: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01K815A3C/


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Forever In Vein: Michael McCarty Interviews Jody R. LaGreca



(Jody LaGreca & Michael McCarty)

Former fashion designer of couture evening wear and accessories, Jody R. LaGreca is now the author of ten novels. LaGreca’s repertoire is vast including; Historical and Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Vampire Sagas, and Gothic Horror. Her novels appeal to both men and women and have unexpected twists and turns. Jody LaGreca has a BA in Writing/English from Queens College University of New York. She also graduated Phi Theta Kappa Magna Cum Laude in Fashion Apparel Design from NCC, State University of New York. Her poetry is internationally published in magazines and anthologies, including Midstream. She has been a featured author at the International Women’s Writing Guild, Big Apple Conference in New York City. Jody LaGreca was born in Sea Gate, Brooklyn, New York and has been writing since the age of seven. For more information, visit http://jodylagreca.wix.com/suspense.


(Bloodless ebook cover)

MICHAEL McCARTY: Bloodless was the first horror novel you’ve written. What was the experience like for you, coming from a background of writing romantic suspense and contemporary fiction?

JODY. R. LAGRECA: I have always been a fan of scary themes so writing horror came very naturally. In fact my books Suburban Weird and Seduction have spooky undertones intermingled in the elements of Romantic Suspense. Bloodless follows suit with this dual genre. However writing about vampires in Bloodless was an entirely new experience for me, and once I began collaborating with Michael McCarty I became totally entranced in this new realm. I was surprised I had an instinct for vampire lure since prior to writing Bloodless the only vampire book I ever read was Twilight. So I was influenced mostly by my imagination and Dracula, the only vampire movie I had ever seen. Bloodless led to a trilogy of the Bloodless Series and my solo Historical Vampire Fiction, Forever In Vein. Writing these vampire books opened me up to the dark beauty, shocking reality and the endless possibilities of blood drinkers.


(Bloodless trade paperback cover)

McCARTY: Bloodlust, the sequel involves Marilyn Monroe’s untimely demise from the one- hundred-year-old vampire Daniel Peck. You are a big fan of Marilyn Monroe, what are some of your favorite films of hers? Why do you think she is still so popular over half a century after her death?


(Bloodlust cover)

LaGRECA: I think Marilyn Monroe is still popular after all these years because of her style, talent, depth of character and vulnerability. On the outside she was beauty personified, but on the inside she was insecure and a storm of emotions. Dying at such a young age and at the height of her splendor and fame has immortalized her. There are so many images of her that are timeless and classic; her fashion sense and sex appeal are eternal. If she were alive right now, she would still be considered beautiful exactly as she was. This is an outstanding phenomenon. My favorite Marilyn Monroe movie is Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953). Monroe’s performance of the song “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” wearing a pink dress is renowned.


(Bloodline ebook cover)

McCARTY: Bloodline, the last in the Bloodless series has Daniel’s encounter with Andy Warhol. Did you ever meet Andy Warhol or go to the Factory? Are you a fan of his work?

LaGRECA: I used to go to Maxes Kansas City in New York City where Andy Warhol hung out. I could have easily met him back in the day since we frequently crossed paths at Maxes and were often face to face. Back then I used to spend my summers tanning on the beach, so I thought Warhol was shockingly pale and living on the fringe. In retrospect, he was ahead of his time and beyond amazing. There were many celebrities I met and spoke to at Maxes and I was very good friends with Eric Emerson. He was an American dancer, musician and actor, well-known for his roles in Warhol’s films. Eric made his film debut in Warhol’s Chelsea Girls, and quickly became a regular at the Factory. He was also a member of the Magic Tramps, a glam punk group, I often saw. There was a publicity shot of Emerson painted gold wearing shorts and glitter boots that I still have somewhere. In hindsight, I recall a party Emerson invited me and my friend to that I think might have been at the Factory. It resembles the photos and colorful crowd I have seen online so I strongly believe I have been there, though we did not stay long.
If I could go back in time I would have loved to meet Warhol, but back then I didn’t understand his genius or influence. I am a huge fan of his work and read his book The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, which is very insightful. The Nassau County Museum of Art exhibited Warhol’s artwork and it is extremely memorable. Warhol is a true icon who left an amazing mark on society.


(Suburban Weird)

McCARTY: Is the house in Suburban Weird based on a real place?

LaGRECA: As far as the location of Suburban Weird I researched the area. The Great South Bay inspired the house and overall atmosphere of the vicinity. It all began when I did research on graveyards on Long Island since I needed to find one that had a Jewish section. As it turned out Bayshore had one so I decided to use this as the location where the book takes place. My husband took me to visit the neighborhood and graveyard to get a real feel for it. So my story is based on the visual location to a certain degree. The cover of Suburban Weird was taken from a vintage picture of a house from an unknown location, but it looked perfect for the setting so I decided to go with it. Suburban Weird is a romantic and eerie tale about love, lust and betrayal on Long Island. I have been frequently told once someone starts reading it they can’t put it down as I am often told about my other books as well.

McCARTY: Are you a fan of Happy ever after endings? Why or why not?

LaGRECA: Happy ever after endings have their place in books and movies as long as they are not predictable. For me I like books that surprise me so I am not always interested in reading authors who always have happy endings since it takes away from the suspense. Interpretation of an ending is a necessary art and quite personal. Sometimes in life people choose to see things their own way that can make a sad ending have a happy twist. Ultimately, whether an ending is happy or not all depends on the perspective of how it is seen.


(Forever In Vein)

McCARTY: Are you planning on writing a sequel to Forever in Vein?

LaGRECA: Many readers have been asking me about a sequel of Forever In Vein, but I have it on the back burner. I have many other projects I’m working on and this is my priority as of now.


(Jody LaGreca)

McCARTY: Last words?

LaGRECA: Being an author of 10 books is the hardest thing I have ever done in my life and I’m proud in all I’ve accomplished. I’m especially thrilled I am now a Simon & Schuster author of five of my books. These books are the Bloodless Series, Forever In Vein and Love Edward, my first Contemporary Romance. This has been a lifelong dream and I have faith my books will live on. Like many authors they will most probably be discovered more in the distant future. This is how it often works as many books become more glorified with time. As for the present day my daughter recently mentioned to me that writing is a lost art which really opened my eyes to how much the world has changed. As an author, who takes extreme care and pride in my work, I wish reading books and appreciating good stories was as paramount today as it has been in the past, but the truth is in our high-paced computerized world many people miss out on the simple pleasures of reading a good book. I thank all the avid readers and those who have read my books and given me feedback as there is no finer reward than to touch the sensibilities of a reader. For more information please visit my website at http://jodylagreca.wixsite.com/suspense.

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Dracula Transformed article in The Moline Dispatch

Dracula Transformed

Dracula Transformed

(Dracula Transformed & Other Bloodthirsty Tales cover)

A great article about DRACULA TRANSFORMED



(photos of Michael McCarty & Mark McLaughlin)

DRACULA TRANSFORMED & Other Bloodthirsty Tales by Mark McLaughlin and Michael McCarty is available for Kindle and as a paperback:

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1479422991/
US Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01K815A3C/
UK Kindle: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01K815A3C/
Canada Kindle: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01K815A3C/
Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dracula-transformed-other-bloodthirsty-tales-mark-mclaughlin/1124326237?ean=9781479423002

Introduction by The Amazing Kreskin. Afterword by C. Dean Andersson. Published by Wildside Press


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