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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The Good and Faithful Servant

Neil Aspinall is finally leaving Apple Corps. This is an exceptional story. In 1961 at the age of 19 he gave up his two quid a week job as a trainee accountant to become road manager for his mates the Beatles. When they stopped touring a few years later he became their personal assistant. In the 70s he graduated to running Apple. Since then he has turned up every day at their office to tend to their affairs, argue with their record companies, hire lawyers to frighten pirates and oversee reissue projects. That's 46 years with the same employer. Can anybody equal that nowadays, in any field of activity? Man walks out on steady job with prospects and a pension to chance his arm in the pop game. Forty six years later he comes crawling back, having seen the error of his ways. He's also, I note, been married to the same woman for the last forty one years, which is another show business record. Buy that man the biggest carriage clock in the shop.