•Derek Taylor thought there were two things in common among
people who lasted in a close relationship with the Beatles: #1 You
didn't want to be a Beatle. #2 You didn't care about their money
•US promoter Mike Belkin offered the group $2.4 million for
a 12 city tour plus 65% of the gross which he estimated would earn
them $6.4 million. They turned the offer down.
•Billy Preston was paid £500 for his work on the Get
Back Sessions and signed to Apple on January 31 '69 (Lewisohn. Chronicle
•The Financial Times reported that Dick James couldn't persuade
John and Paul to accept £9,000,000 offer from ATV for Northern
•Sir Joseph Lockwood, EMI Records managing director: I knew
there was some possible connection with cannabis in the studios'-smells'
were noted-but I never pursued it. I had a pretty close relationship
with the Beatles, largely because they were so successful (Taylor
, It was 20 Years Ago).
•Press release by Yoko to UPI, AP, Reuters: Every cent John
earns goes into Apple at the moment. All that he means by saying
that he would like to free his money is that he would like to have
some pocket money, some spending money, for some of our joint endeavors.
It would be wrong to think that John is going to leave Apple because
he, like the other Beatles, is a quarter of Apple, but like everyone
else he could do with some loose change which is entirely his own.
He needs some freedom.
•Mike McCartney: I did his meditation for two years. But
I suddenly realized it was costing me a fortune and taking two hours
of my life everyday! So I stopped, because that's the trick...Go
get the answers for your self...
•Billy Preston: They asked me would I like to be on Apple
Records. I was with Capitol at the time. The next day I went to
the studio and they said, "You're on Apple". Which was
a great as it gave me a chance to produce for the first time and
also be able to sing, because most of my albums before that were
just instrumental. George Harrison did most of the co-producing
with me. Originally, it was supposed to be all four Beatles producing
a couple songs for me, but that's when all the disturbances came
up. So everybody kind of split up. But me and George hung in there.
•An advertisement in the Record Mirror July 68 offered for
sale a 1961 Citroen 2CV for no less than £300. The car was
hand-painted by Klaus Voorman and George Harrison.
•Robert Graves said,
"There is no money in poetry
but then there is no poetry in money either."
The Beatles changed all that.
•The Sunday Times: The Culture: Section 10: 12 November,
1995, pages 4-5. The Real Fifth Beatle: With a Little Help From
Robert Sandall uncovers the man ultimately responsible for the Beatles
reunion: Neil Aspinall, the shadowy figure who was working in the
background even before Ringo joined the band.
Aspinall's job description changed dramatically after the death
of Epstein in 1967. The Beatles were no longer spending any time
in vans, having given up live performances the previous year. Meanwhile
Apple, the group's self-sacrificial gesture to hippie correctness,
set up "to encourage unknown literary, graphic and performing
artists," was merrily leading them to the brink of chaos and
bankruptcy in the days before Aspinall assumed sole control. In
the vacuum left by Epstein, the group claimed to be managing themselves;
in fact, day-to-day arrangements of their affairs fell to Aspinall.
Lennon once offered him the job of manager, but amid the general
confusion he turned it down. "Neil was stuck in the office
all through the White Album and Let It Be, and he hated it,"
says Derek Taylor, Apple's press officer, then and now. "Unlike
all the other work he'd done, it was never finished." The first
phase of the Apple imbroglio took 10 years to clear up. Allan Klein,
the sharp-talking American lawyer brought in by Lennon (much to
McCartney's annoyance) to get rid of "the hustlers and spongers"
who were buying houses and charging them to Apple's account, left
his own troublesome legacy of financial mis-management. Klein was
eventually condemned, in the High Court action McCartney instituted
in 1971, for "lamentable" book-keeping. Lawsuits between
Klein and Apple kept Aspinall busy through until 1977, by which
time the individual Beatles were only speaking to each other occasionally,
and not always in a friendly spirit. (Internet source for this info
is not available to the author at this time. Any info on the source
would be appreciated)
.•Dennis: You went with Warner Bros. because Apple was folding
at the time?
Mike: Yeah. It had nothing to do with me, I was just the drummer.
to stay with Apple just "cause we were Apple. I didn't give
a fuck who was
managing Apple, as long as it was our statement. I think we should've.
Klein, or ... I didn't give a sh**! The actual figurehead was Apple
Beatles. And Warner Bros. was like dangling the big carrot. They
dangled the big carrot for 3 1/2 million dollars. It was good in
(interview with Mike Gibbins of Badfinger by Dennis Dalcin).
• Asher made several attempts to determine [James} Taylor's
status at Apple. Unable to get any commitment or definite answer,
Asher went ahead and signed James Taylor to Warner Brothers Records.
For the time being, no one at Apple seemed to notice or care that
Asher and Taylor had simply walked away. Peter Asher: "I consequently
heard that Allen really was going to sue us and that The Beatles
talked him out of it...I don't know that for a fact, but I think
George told me, 'Oh no, Allen was going to do something,' but then
he and Paul said, 'Oh no, this is not how we wish to be perceived.
If an artist is unhappy and wants to go, let them go.' So in that
sense I may indeed owe George and Paul a debt" (Granados, S.
Those Were the Days. p. 98).
•Alex Madras overheard the Beatles talking to Alistair Taylor
about buying and island as a hideaway. Madras said, "Thousands
of them. Dirt cheap." (Gunby, G. Hello Goodbye, p. 108).
•When Alistair was asked to find an island for the Beatles'
getaway hideout he found an 80-acre island with four beaches, six
houses, and sixteen acres of olive groves. The family who owned
it was selling it for £90,000. Four other small islands were
to be included with the purchase. Alistair also figured out that
profits from the sale of the olives would help pay for the islands
in seven years. The Beatles thought that buying the island was going
to be "as easy as nipping to the grocers to get a tin of baked
beans. But Britain was in a financial crisis and there were severe
restrictions on pounds sterling going abroad. The only way to buy
property outside of the UK was to use property dollars issued by
the government. Alistair filled out many forms only to receive a
'no' from the British government each time. The Beatles, Neil Aspinall,
and Alistair sat down with solicitors and accountants and wrote
a four-page letter to the government asking for reconsideration.
The group took a trip to the island and Greece. Upon returning Alistair
received a letter from James Callaghan, Chancellor of the Exchequer,
stating that because of the Beatles' service to the country they
could but the property for £90,000 but no more. Alistair planned
for weeks with accountants trying to find ways to finance the houses,
boats, recording studio, and furniture with no help from Callaghan.
Neil Aspinall told Alistair soon thereafter that the Beatles had
decided not to buy the island. Alistair went around to each Beatle
and told them he would put the idea on hold for a week. He also
told them that once they refused the deal then there was no going
back. Two days later John poked his head from around an office door
and said, "Forget the island" (Gunby, G. Hello Goodbye,
•Alistair Taylor was with Paul and a few other people in
a bar in Bean, England. Alistair paid for the drinks, took them
to the table, and returned for the change. The lady stood with her
outstretched hand holding the coins, just staring at Paul (Gunby,
G. Hello Goodbye, p, 59).
•Alistair Taylor: Alex has designed a tiny throwaway radio
supposed to sell for a few pence and made out of a few pieces of
plastic. I heard a prototype that would fit in your pocket and looked
as if it were made out of the leftovers from a child's construction
kit, but it worked just fine. Quite an inventor! (Taylor, A. p.
•The costs for extra musicians for Phil Spector's work on
Across the Universe, I Me Mine, and The Long and Winding Road was
£1126 5s (£1126.25) (Lewisohn. Chronicle p. 349).
•The Black Dwarf, a Marxist newspaper published in London
during the 60's wrote, "Although I've liked The Beatles in
the past I hope they get so f***ed up with their money-making that
they become as obscure as Cliff Richard (Harry, B. Lennon Encyclopedia,
•Steve Abrams (American student at Oxford) arranged, through
Paul McCartney, for the Beatles to pay for a controversial advertisement
in The Times urging a more enlightened attitude towards marijuana
(Harry. Encyclopedia, p. 25).
•thebeatlesinrishikesh.com reports that the Maharishi expected
The Beatles to deposit 25% of their annual income in a Swiss bank
account in the Maharishi's name. John spoke for the group saying
that it would not happen.