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Sat 18th May 2024 at 2:00 pm

The Beatles Hairdresser

Leslie Cavendish

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Tickets £10 | 2pm | Burnham-on-Sea, Library

Leslie Cavendish left school at 15 years old without any artistic qualifications to become a hairdresser, working for the iconic 1960s hair stylist Vidal Sassoon. Leslie’s clients included many stars of the day, including Keith Moon, The Bee Gees, The Dave Clark Five, James Hunt, Tony Curtis, Terence Stamp, James Taylor and so many more. But the jewel in his career’s crown was styling perhaps the four most famous heads of hair in history: The Beatles.

In 1966, Jane Asher introduced Paul McCartney to Leslie, who then began cutting his hair at his home in St. John’s Wood. He was soon styling the other three Beatles’ hair, becoming part of their inner circle, attending recording sessions and joining the band on the Magical Mystery Tour. They even tempted him away from Sassoon’s to open his own salon at the Apple Tailoring boutique in London’s King Rd. Leslie was in the building at 3 Saville Row for that famous Roof Top Concert.

“… would make one heck of a dinner party guest.” Sadie Nicholas, The Daily Express

“I loved reading all the behind-the-scenes stories of life in London in the 1960’s, amazing.” Tommy Thayer, KISS guitarist

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