I met a lady late last year called Louise Dryden, whose father, David Goodwin, worked for the Beatles at Apple.
She gave me a copy an amazing ‘in house’ magazine from Apple, called Gilet De Sauvetage est Sous La Siege, which is French for ‘Lifejacket Under the Seat’ and the subtitle (an Apple a Day is out of the Question)! The cover is designed to look like an official Government document. It’s dated November 1968.
In it is all the gossip from 3 Savile Row. Although an author isn’t credited, most of it seems to be written by Derek Taylor, with contributions from other staff members.
Here is a section, written by Derek – about the people that worked at Apple, when it was still at Wigmore Street:
“In a big corner room, John and Paul and George and Ringo would play hose to those with goods to sell and needs to meet. Nilsson came here after arriving in England and met Kenny Everett there and Twiggy came the day before with Justin, both of them looking wonderful, and quite rightly. Ron Kass, Apple Music head, fresh to Apple in 1968, from the chieftancy of the outriding Liberty Records division, walking with diplomacy from room to room, learning the strange dialect of the Liverpudlian and there were lots of us from Liverpool. Neil Aspinall, the Managing Director, with a face like a death mask of Alexander the Great, 26, from Liverpool. Alistair Taylor, ex-Nems general manager at 33, from Liverpool, Tony Bramwell, 23, Apple Films assistant, ex-Epstein office boy brighter than white, from Liverpool.
Peter Brown, 32, Ex-Epstein personal assistant, calm and smooth, now special assistant to The Beatles (“Ringo, I was talking to Mr and Mrs Burton and they would live you to have lunch on their yacht next Sunday…Leslie Grade tells me the Queen would like the Beatles…. really it’s a frightfully difficult one to solve however…) From Liverpool. Me, an adjustable spanner now reunited with The Beatles after a tryst with California, from Liverpool. Mal Evans (with Nel, a former Beatles road manager) Mal, the grinning giant how helping with the management of Apple’s first signed artistes, as Artistes Relations office (or man, or whatever anyone outside chose to call his role for really none of us had any titles then, except when we were negotiating to have one because Sir Frank and Lord Kenneth, or whoever Apple was negotiating with, liked our side to have titles too.) Mal is from Liverpool. Pete Shotton too. Peter the Dane who washboarded Lennon’s Quarrymen, now stands at his right hand. Laurie lives on the switchboard, Nems and Liverpool. And of course The Beatles. They are from there too.
More from the magazine soon!