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The Longest Cocktail Party
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This is an interesting book that I knew a few BB'ers own. I had a copy until it literally fell apart, the original edition was a fairly hefty paperpback with this cover:

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It's wonderfully written, telling an insider's story of life working for Apple, and probably almost true. Apparently Liam Gallagher is still trying to make the movie of it (as of last year from what I can google), that would make it 5 years from the first mention. It also has some great photos, and I'm getting a new copy because I miss those particularly. There are many great stories in it, probably my favourite is the story of the King of Fuh. (It's on youtube, its hilarious). Or maybe the Adolf Hitler story...anyway, I believe my replacement is of the same vintage (I hope), but I'm aware there were reprints and was wondering if anyone knows of any differences?

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In case you're interested, ewe2, here's the movie thread on the book.

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The movie must be in development hell then, that was the last thing I found on it too.

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What a coincidence because I just published my review of the book this morning! 

http://rnrchemist.blogspot.com.....y.html?m=1

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Nicely done, now hurry up and review Revolution In The Head I want to argue about it a-hard-days-night-paul-11

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ewe2 said
Nicely done, now hurry up and review Revolution In The Head I want to argue about it a-hard-days-night-paul-11

We've done that a few times. :-D  I started a thread for it.

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All the glowing comments about The Longest Cocktail Party inspired me to download it. It is dreadful. Any small glimmers of inside Beatle (or, more accurately, Apple) information are heavily outweighed by the frothy, hyperbolic and cutesy writing style of the author.  He constantly refers to himself in the third person: "the House Hippie," and refers to many others in the Apple office by title instead of name, apparently just because he thinks it is clever.  There really is no narrative, only a disjointed string of vignettes, often unrecognizable because of forced hipness and bombastic description.  This is the worst kind of hanger-on expose written for the purpose of attempting to make a fast buck by association with wildly popular icons before the buying public discovers the content is poorly written drivel. 

I guess you you could say I didn't care for it.  YMMV. 

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All the glowing comments about The Longest Cocktail Party inspired me to download it. It is dreadful. Any small glimmers of inside Beatle (or, more accurately, Apple) information are heavily outweighed by the frothy, hyperbolic and cutesy writing style of the author.  He constantly refers to himself in the third person: "the House Hippie," and refers to many others in the Apple office by title instead of name, apparently just because he thinks it is clever.  There really is no narrative, only a disjointed string of vignettes, often unrecognizable because of forced hipness and bombastic description.  This is the worst kind of hanger-on expose written for the purpose of attempting to make a fast buck by association with wildly popular icons before the buying public discovers the content is poorly written drivel. 

I guess you you could say I didn't care for it.  YMMV. 

 

I guess it depends on what you expect going into it. If you think it's going to be an in-depth book about the BEATLES at Apple, you'll be massively disappointed. For that, I direct you to the excellent Peter Doggett book You Never Give Me Your Money . Where Cocktail Party excels, IMO, is in showing the day-to-day madness swirling around Apple and the normal non-Fab people who worked there. I suppose the writing style isn't for everyone, but I found it perfectly appropriate in capturing exactly what those heady days were like. As you say, though, your mileage may vary.

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ewe2 said
Nicely done, now hurry up and review Revolution In The Head I want to argue about it a-hard-days-night-paul-11

 

I'll get on it soon as I can! :)

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Exactly @DrBeatle, it shows what happens when well-intentioned people allow the world's freeloaders in the door. Ripping off roof lining isn't something you can do on the quiet, which gives you some idea of the extraordinary day-to-day confusion of the place, that someone could get away with that under the noses of a lot of people. And there was a lot of energy put into Apple at first, but that slowly drained away as reality sunk in and that's an interesting story too, perhaps not told with Beatles face to face but their decisions are the invisible backdrop to the stories here.

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Exactly @DrBeatle, it shows what happens when well-intentioned people allow the world's freeloaders in the door. Ripping off roof lining isn't something you can do on the quiet, which gives you some idea of the extraordinary day-to-day confusion of the place, that someone could get away with that under the noses of a lot of people. And there was a lot of energy put into Apple at first, but that slowly drained away as reality sunk in and that's an interesting story too, perhaps not told with Beatles face to face but their decisions are the invisible backdrop to the stories here.

 

Exactly! If you've ever seen the Rutles' All You Need is Cash movie, the scene where people are walking out of Rutle Corps with EVERYTHING behind the TV interview...that's not far-fetched from what happened at Apple!

(go to 4:45, haha!)

 

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My copy arrived in the mail yesterday and joy of joys, it's the original edition. A lot of the photographs are under-exposed which is a shame because there's a bunch of good ones of various Beatles (mostly George and Ringo with a couple of John, and Paul only from a long distance). The book is far more detailed than I remember. Plenty of mentions of Kevin Harrington with Mal, in fact it's pretty detailed about the immediate staff of not just the Press Office itself (where DiLello worked) but also of the various Beatle assistants. The mechanics of how the Apple logo came about, and various projects are gone into in some detail that required more than an anecdotal memory. Overall the tone isn't as flippant as the surface tone suggests: it was really a giant confusing hassle to work for Apple surrounded by maniacs and the most demanding maniacs were their bosses.

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Really like this book, all those crazy anecdotes really catch the hysteria of the time. (Too bad the Beatles themselves only make occasional appearance.) I think I got my copy about 20-25 years ago, it's split in two down the spine now. (Crappy Playboy Paperbacks edition from April '81, "This reissue of the book is dedicated to the memory of John Lennon and The Beatles"; JOHN LENNON 1940-1980 WE WILL REMEMBER YOU FOREVER)

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Oh yeah forgot, the irony is that the first edition is published by Charisma Books. That's right, Charisma Records had a book subsidiary, so even his publisher had a Beatles connection.

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61 In the name of the father (john lennon) and of the son (john lennon) and of the holy ghost (john lennon) amen

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"Well?"
"He said he had a vision while meditating-------"
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"He said he saw the British Isles as the last place on earth to be hit by the Apocalypse. The Mongol hordes were sweeping the world in a blaze of destruction and he saw John sitting at the Master Control Board that played every instrument in the world and there was only twenty minutes left before the hordes reached the shoreline and it was all up to John to find the Lost Chord that would stop them from overrunning what was left of the world. He said, "I've got to see him!'"

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Just hunting to see if there was a thread for it. Enjoyed this book a lot. Working at Apple would have done me in, honestly. apple01a-hard-days-night-ringo-14 This isn't an in depth thing on The Beatles at all. It's more just a day to day inner workings at Apple thing.

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I'm re-reading it right now (it's on my lap as I type). I always had a soft spot for the book and its idiosyncratic storytelling.

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I need to give it a re read. It's been a long time. Still sitting there on my shelf. 

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