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2.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear. Just about readable!, 15 April 2005
This review is from: The Longest Cocktail Party: An Insider's Diary of the Beatles, Their Million-dollar Apple Empire and Its Wild Rise and Fall (Paperback)
Five stars? Are we talking about the same book here? I really didn't rate this slim tome at all, I'm afraid. I WANTED to like it, but come on... Must try harder!
Someone with the envious job title of "House Hippy" at the original Apple office should surely have been privy to enough material to fill a book several times the size of this one. You won't get that book here, though. What you get instead is a series of half-formed, stoned-sounding ramblings of a few selected events. There are moments of interest, but nothing to get your teeth into, and the dated hippyesque prose style gets quickly irritating.
Not far out, and not solid. Sigh. Maybe there was something in the water?
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Initial post: 27 Feb 2011 11:29:57 GMT
I'd agree with this comment. I read the book several years ago and thought it particularly dull and a lazy attempt to cash in on the Beatles fame.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Mar 2015 14:04:08 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Mar 2015 14:05:06 GMT
Michael K says:
Well you've got to bear in mind that this book was probably first out of the post-Beatles gate and is essentially a diary of 'being there' while it was still happening, published as it was before Apple ceased being a creative hotspot.
The things you might want from it may be influenced by the ghost-written tomes that have followed since but DiLello was putting it down before moving on. There certainly wasn't any lucrative commission here as the book had a limited and fairly obscure run upon first publication and remained hard to find in a readable condition for many years.
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