The woman who opitmised the swinging sixities has spoken about a new documentary film about Clapton, which reveals details of her relationships with the two rock rivals.
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!
A very intriguing article appeared in ‘The Times’ newspaper today about a house in Charles Street, Mayfair, that was owned by the Beatles, through Apple, in ‘the late 1960s’. It says the Beatles used to come here a lot and were even photographed in the bath! It also states that John Lennon painted graffiti on to the tiles in the kitchen.
Curious, as I cannot recall of the Beatles owning a house there at that time. Apple moved into 48 Charles Street in 1983, and moved out in 1989, but that was of course long after the passing of John Lennon. Also the location of the house for sale seems to be the other end of the street.
I know there are a few people still around who worked for Apple in the late 60s. Does anyone have any knowledge of this house?
See the article at https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/a-mayfair-house-of-fun-8f5gqxlqd
What really happened when the Beatles traveled to Rishikesh, India 50 years ago, and why they leave? What went on behind the curtain of the Transcendental Meditation movement and the most famous guru of the 20th century? Finally the truth will be revealed in a new exposé Maharishi & Me: Seeking Enlightenment with the Beatles’ Guru, which will come out in February. Fifty years ago, in 1968, the Beatles, Mia Farrow, her sister “Dear Prudence,”Donovan, and Mike Love of the Beach Boys visited Maharishi’s ashram. The result was the iconic album The Beatles, a.k.a. the “White Album,” written in India, and Maharishi’s meteoric rise to fame.
Only a handful of the six million people who learned TM spent any time in Maharishi’s direct presence. For 22 years Susan Shumsky lived in Riskikesh, India, the Swiss Alps, Fairfield Iowa, and elsewhere in close proximity with Maharishi. Six of those years she served on his personal staff. As a rare TM insider, in her memoir Maharishi & Me, Shumsky reveals fascinating unknown facts and dismantles myths about this iconic guru. Never before has the veil been lifted to disclose the real truth about Maharishi and his closest celebrity disciples. Neither starry-eyed nor antagonistic, Maharishi & Me captures, from a balanced viewpoint, the genuine essence of what it’s like to live in an ashram.
Held on November 29th 2002, the one-year anniversary of Harrison’s death, the concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall brought together Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Monty Python, Jeff Lynne, Tom Hanks, Dhani Harrison and many more for a night of Harrison’s music.
While the Concert for George has been released over the years, the latest reissue – due out February 23rd, two days before what would have been Harrison’s 75th birthday – marks the first time the live album has been pressed on 180-gram vinyl.
The Beatles legend joined Matt Bellamy and Dom Howard on stage during a gig by the supergroup Dr. Pepper’s Jaded Hearts Club Band
Paul and Ringo Got together in LA at the launch of Stella’s latest fashion launch. To read more, and for more photos click here
ON THIS BLUE MONDAY,
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE!
TO CELEBRATE ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY, THE BEATLES YELLOW SUBMARINE WILL BE RETURNING TO THE BIG SCREEN IN THE UK ON SUNDAY 8 JULY FOR A VERY SPECIAL CINEMA EVENT.
BASED ON THE SONG BY JOHN LENNON & PAUL MCCARTNEY
FEATURING JOHN LENNON, PAUL MCCARTNEY, GEORGE HARRISON AND RINGO STARR
DIRECTED BY GEORGE DUNNING
‘One of the most perfect pieces of moving art ever made.’
The Simpsons writer Josh Weinstein
Today might be Blue Monday but Picturehouse Entertainment are thrilled to announce the blues-banishing news that The Beatles’ legendary animated hit film YELLOW SUBMARINE is returning to cinemas across the UK and Ireland on 8 July 2018.
An unmissable cinema event, this momentous big-screen revival will give generations of audiences the golden opportunity to revisit Pepperland for the 50th anniversary of the film’s original release.
The visionary feature film designed by the great art director Heinz Edelmann can now be experienced in glorious surround sound with the groundbreaking animation presented in stunningly-remastered 4k. Looking and sounding better than ever before, join John, Paul, George and Ringo on the technicolour adventure of a lifetime.
Illustrated with mind-bending moving images, YELLOW SUBMARINE tells the story of how The Beatles battle the music-hating Blue Meanies armed only with the power of love.
From Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds to Nowhere Man, and Eleanor Rigby to All You Need Is Love, YELLOW SUBMARINE features some of the most-loved songs from the greatest band the world has ever known.
An exuberant fusion of music, film and art, YELLOW SUBMARINE is a landmark cinematic experience that is as fun and vibrant as it was in 1968.
With tickets on sale from 17 April, get ready to set sail for the Sea of Green with the Fab Four once again. Go to the brand new Facebook page for updates and news about this exciting event: facebook.com/yellowsubmarinethefilm
Demolition work will begin this week at Strawberry Field as part of ambitious plans to create a new visitor centre at the famous South Liverpool site.
The Salvation Army’s vision, which was given planning permission in November 2017, also includes a training hub for young people with learning disabilities.
The visitor experience will be a place where the public can learn more about John Lennon, his connection to the site, as well as an opportunity to explore spirituality.
The buildings being demolished were built in the 1970s after fire damage led to the demolition of the original Victorian mansion.
I’ve just heard of the passing of John Lennon superfan Paul Goresh. Paul was a regular outside the Dakota in 1979/80. Notoriously, he took the infamous picture of John with ‘The Jerk of all Jerks’ on December 8th 1980.
Paul was forever linked with that photo, but also took many other great pictures of John and Yoko, one of which was used on the cover of ‘Watching the Wheels’.
RIP Paul – enjoy meeting John again…