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Neil Aspinall, R.I.P.

Posted by Miss Ess, March 25, 2008 05:39pm | Post a Comment
One of the central figures in The Beatles' lives and career died yesterday. 

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Neil Aspinall went to school with Paul McCartney and George Harrison and he remaineneil aspinall apple paul mccartney beatlesd a trusted confidante until the end.  Neil worked as a personal assistant and road manager to the Beatles throughout their rise to fame and became an indispensable member of their inner circle.  When the boys formed Apple in 1968, they made Neil Chief Executive.  I remember readneil aspinall brian epstein beatlesing somewhere that Neil had no idea what that meant or what precisely he was supposed to do, but in the halcyon days of the late 60s, it was anything goes and he managed to make it work as best he could, though Apple Corps is known to have leeched money from the get-go.

Nonetheless, Neil remained at Apple until last year.  He must have figured out the way to run the company successfully because he saw Apple through the breakup of the Beatles all the way to the lawsuits against Apple Computers and Steve Jobs.  He was behind the fantastic Beatles Anthology series, and contributed his own set of interviews to the documentaries, which was one of the few times he allowed himself to be seen on camera talking about his career.

He died of lung cancer in New York City.  It's sad that with him, all those stories and memories stored up inside him of a time long past are gone as well.

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