Leslie Cavendish was born in East London and grew up in a large Jewish family in Burnt Oak, North London. He was apprenticed to Vidal Sassoon in 1962, becoming a stylist in his own right three years later. He became Paul McCartney’s private hairdresser in 1966, and soon began to work on the image of all four Beatles, at the Apple offices and in their recording studios, and was even invited along as a friend and participant on the Magical Mystery Tour. In 1967, he opened his own salon, backed by Apple and the Beatles, at 161 King’s Road, Chelsea. After the official breakup of the Beatles, Leslie closed his salon and ran a clothing boutique in South London, while remaining a freelance hairdresser. In 1978, he entered the family footwear business and remained there until 1998 before moving to Spain. He now works for a major charity but also conducts occasional “VIP Beatles Tours” of London, lectures on the Beatles and Sixties culture, and consults with the Beatles Fan Club. Leslie has two sons and divides his time between Britain and Spain. This is his first book.
Publications & Performance History
Autobiography “The Cutting Edge”
Workshop & Reading Experience
Beatles conventions worldwide. Oldham library/Home Guard club Barnes/Whitchapel library/The ivy Club London /The Book club London/Liverpool Beatles convention. Up and coming events include Litchfield festival/USA Beatles convention/German Beatles convention
Beatles fan club, Alma Books, Whitechapel Library, The Club at the Ivy
Group size preference
Any amount of people that are interested in my story
Group age preference
Any age but subject matter means children under 12 would probably not be engaged.
Area prepared to travel
Anywhere in UK as long as expenses are paid for.
I have many stories to tell about the culture of the sixties/seventies and also have a power point presentation to show when i do the event.