The Longest Cocktail Party: An Insider's Diary of "The Beatles", Their Million Dollar Apple Empire and Its Wild Rise and Fall Paperback – 16 Nov 2000
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* It's a fast-paced, witty read that even Noel Gallagher raved about. Sunday Express * incisive, evocative and hilariously funny. The Beatles are shadowy figures, but this is a fine view of rock's most inspired folly. Mojo * Marvellous. If you want to know what Apple was like, this is the book. -- Alastair Taylor, Former General Manager, Apple --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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As of the year 2000 Richard DiLello is alive and well. He lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife and daughter. Some days he writes, some days he tries to write, some days he does not. He is currently taking guitar lessons. Progress is slow. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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But it is probably not for everyone. The reason I say that is because of the writing style. It's flows along without punctuation for pages at a time and can be difficult to read. It is also highly personal - seen through an office boys eyes who never really got close to the Beatles. But the insights he gives into day to day running of the Apple office is very illuminating. You really get a sense of the fun and craziness that pervaded the place.
He also tells some stories that simply don't appear anywhere else.
But he gives very little insight into the band themselves. And there is really nothing about their history or their music.
But if you have read all of the other Beatles books and you are looking for something a bit different, then this might be just the book you're looking for.
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?
So why is "The Longest Cocktail Party" hands-down one of the best Beatles books ever published?
In a nutshell, it puts us slap-bang inside The Beatles' HQ at 3 Savile Row, London, between 1968-1970, and it does so magnificently. During this time The Beatles were going to change the world with their utopian dream of "Western Communism" and every misunderstood (i.e.- talentless) artist, musician, freeloader or downright headcase from all corners of the globe dropped by to take a bite out of the Apple. And what a tale it is. The Apple Manifesto might well have been: Never A Dull Moment.
"House Hippy" Richard DiLello is our eyes and ears throughout this wonderful memoir. Luckily for us, he had a great eye for absorbing all of the madness and an even better ear for the relentlessly funny dialogue which flowed like all those Scotches and Cokes poured in Derek Taylor's Press Office. The vivid snatches of conversation allows the roll-call of wonderful characters to leap from the page. Reading this book is like being a fly on the wall in the coolest record company on earth.Read more ›
McCartney comes across as the most productive and dedicated to the Apple ideal by producing by far the greatest number of artistes and contributing by far the greatest volume of material for them - when you consider his contribution to the White Album and Abbey Road during this period too it is quite remarkable. Harrison is next, committing time and effort to the development of Apple stable artistes while Ringo is the affable Beatle who goes out of his way to meet the visiting Lauren Bacall but otherwise is artistically inactive. Lennon is the main offender: launching Apple in New York with much talk of helping other artistes but actually doing nothing for anyone except dressing up as Santa Claus one Xmas and otherwise indulging himself in the Plastic Ono Band and his bagism. His only input is in being deliberately spiteful in insisting that White Trash's version of Golden Slumbers must be released when it's composer McCartney had already decided that a cover of his track should not be released by Apple.
The demise of The Beatles is reported via extracts from The Times. It is remarkable looking back now that Lennon, Harrison and Starr wanted the business entity called The Beatles to continue despite it not functioning or communicating in any effective form for so long - a High Court judge being required to give them a reality check.
Not a great book but a surprisingly worthy addition to the huge forests-worth of material already covering every conceivable aspect of the history of The Beatles.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Richard DiLello lands himself a fantasy job at the epicentre of Western Communism as casually as all of the other lucky people who occupied 3 Savile Row. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Michael K
A good read and a real insight into the heady days of the Beatles and their Apple Venture.Published 20 months ago by Brian Eric Roberts
Bit confusing and not particularly well writtern. Bit pretentious.Published 21 months ago by R. Harrod
This book is very important for the latest years of the Beatles through his company apple and monetary conflicts were between them.
Another book for my beatle collection
I brought this book to add to my already extensive Beatles collection. I found this book dragged for me a bit HOWEVER it is not like all the other Beatles books out there that... Read morePublished on 29 Mar. 2011 by Stephanie
Great book about a great band..what a mess Apple was in, this really is the insiders story in all its glory...if your a Beatles fan...GET THIS BOOK...amazing read..Published on 17 Dec. 2010 by A. Kennedy
Being a HUGE Oasis and Beatles fan, I ordered this book on the mere fact that it was to be made into a film by Liam Gallagher's new movie production company In 1 Productions and... Read morePublished on 11 Oct. 2010 by Vicki
I really enjoyed this book. Not your usual biography, it gives you a sense of what day to day life working at Apple for the Beatles would have been like. Read morePublished on 21 Nov. 2008 by Mark Two
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