Leslie, thanks very much for agreeing to send in these replies. Why did you write this book?
The reason i decided to write the
book now was because I lived through an important time in history "The
sixties" where everything was changing which included music/fashion/hair
and all the important social changes that was happening at that time.
I was also lucky to have been
involved with Vidal Sassoon with his geometric haircuts and The Beatles who
experimented with all different styles of music. Dont forget I was a big
Beatles fan so to me It was like winning the Beatles Lottery.
I was taught at Vidal Sassoon that
the best way to be with clients was to keep quiet and listen and not ask to many
questions, so when I met Jane Asher and Paul McCartney I just got on with my
work and never bothered them with autographs and asking for locks of hair and
Beatles questions etc.
I have kept quiet for a long time
and I felt now was the time to let people know what an amazing journey I was on
through that period of change and also my magical time with "The Fab Four",so I have
now put it all down in my book "The Cutting Edge".
How did you get the book published?
I had the story to tell as I have a
good memory and many press cuttings letting me know that I wasn't dreaming it.. I found the publisher "Alma
Books" after I had contacted many publishing houses who all said it was a
good story but.....I met Lorenzo who is a book agent
(Book on Tree), he read the synopsis and decided that it was a story that had to
be told as it was different to any he had read about life with the Beatles and
the culture of the sixties.He then got in touch with Alma books and they
thought that it would make a good read and they believed in it and so it was
published on August 21st 2017
How have you promoted the book?
I have been doing many events and
also newspaper/radio and TV to promote the book, including Whitechapel library, Oldham
Library, The Book Club Shoreditch, The Club at The Ivy(London), a TV documentary at the Sassoon academy, Gulf Radio, Talk Radio, Litchfield
Festival, German Beatles convention, the Daily Express and a few other news
publications, and I have been asked to go to New York in March for the Fest for
Beatles to do a Q/A and book promotion as the book will be published in March
2018 in the USA.
So, go on then, whose hair have you cut?
I have cut The Dave Clark 5,The
Who,The Bee Gees,Tony Curtis, James Taylor, Bob Weir, Peter Cook, Jane Asher
and many Apple recording artists,Linda McCartney,Suzanna Leigh,James Hunt, Lance
Percival, Sir Stirling Moss and their wives and girlfriends, Robert Stigwood and
many DJs from the BBC, Emperor Rosco, Stuart Henry, Ashton Gardiner and
Terry Stamp and brother Chris, and not forgetting the Apple staff.
How did you meet the Beatles?
Jane Asher was a client of mine and
one Saturday morning after cutting her hair she asked if i was doing anything
this afternoon because if not could I go around to their house and cut the
I new her boyfriend was Paul
McCartney so of course I said yes and after her saying thats good she said
"what time is convenient for you" so I said about 6pm (I had gone to
football to see QPR v Swindon: we won 3-1) and she said that time is fine,I
asked where do you live and she said 7 Cavendish Ave (next to my second
favorite sporting place, Lords cricket ground) ,I said thats really strange because
thats my surname.Jane said to me "well maybe it was meant " and it
Tell us a Beatles anecdote
I was asked to do an interview for
Disc magazine and the journalist was also a client of mine.So we went to the Picasso cafe in
the Kings Rd and she asked me about the texture of the Beatles hair, I hadn't realized that she was up to
something and because I thought i was Jack the Lad (street wise) I just went
along with it.
What about Pauls hair she said. His
hair is in good condition and he has also a good head of hair. George--very good hair and its quite
thick. Ringo-his hair is also thick and
good to work with.. John -His hair is ok mmmmmmmmmmmmm.
She picked up on that said if any of the Beatles in years to come
was going to lose their hair i suppose it would be John?
I hesitated and said
"Well if you say it like that I suppose that could happen" Then we just carried on
for a bit and then the interview was over. A few days later I get a
call from Derek Taylor(Beatles press officer) at 11pm at night and as I picked
it up I knew something was wrong as he wouldn't call at that time unless its
"What have you said
to the press" I replied I don't know what you mean.So why are they saying
that Beatles hairdresser Leslie Cavendish says that Lennon is going bald?
In the morning I bought
the papers and yes there it was "Beatles Hairdresser says John Lennon is going bald", I knew when I went to
work that morning Lennon was going to call me and after about one hour the phone
rang and it was John.
As I answered it i could
tell it was his voice because he said in that John Liverpool accent "Leslie", With that, I just said I'm sorry about this but they took it out of context and
I blabbered on just saying i didn't say it. Lennon then
interrupted my pathetic apology and said "Dont tell me about the f-----g
press taking things out of context look what they did to me saying that I said
The Beatles are bigger than Jesus Christ", With that he stopped and said am
I really going f-----g bald? again I said no. He replied "well, you better come over
now just in case it starts to fall out"
I then went over to
Saville Row and met him and trimmed the ends of his hair. He could have been really
uptight with me but he wasnt and it showed he had a sense of humour.
book,The Cutting Edge: The Story of the
Beatles’ Hairdresser Who Defined an Era, was published in August
2017. Please use this link below if you'd like to buy a copy.