The Cutting Edge by Leslie Cavendish, the Beatles Hairdresser

The Cutting Edge: The Story of the Beatles’ Hairdresser Who Defined an Era

By Leslie Cavendish
ISBN: 9781846884313
288 pages

My book, The Cutting Edge: The Story of the Beatles’ Hairdresser Who Defined an Era, was published in August 2017.

The Standard Edition costs just £11.99. There is also a special limited edition of The Cutting Edge alongside the standard edition – 200 numbered copies, signed by Leslie Cavendish which costs £25.00. Order the book NOW via this link.

About the book

The Beatles’ hair changed the world. As their increasingly wild, untamed manes grew, to the horror of parents everywhere, they set off a cultural revolution as the most tangible symbol of the Sixties’ psychedelic dream of peace, love and playful rebellion. In the midst of this epochal change was Leslie Cavendish, hairdresser to the Beatles and some of the greatest stars of the music and entertainment industry.

But just how did a fifteen-year-old Jewish school dropout from an undistinguished North London suburb, with no particular artistic talent or show­business connections, end up literally at the cutting edge of Sixties’ fashion in just four years? His story – honest, always entertaining and inspiring – parallels the meteoric rise of the Beatles themselves, and is no less astounding.

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I am attending a number of events to talk about my time at the Beatle’s hairdresser.
I will also be selling and signing copies of my book. Please come along.

We are contstantly adding dates and their is an updated list of events
on my publisher’s website here:


Leslie Cavendish, author of The Cutting Edge
Lichfield Literature Festival
March 3, 2018 at 3.30-4.30PM
An In Conversation Event with interviewer Charlie Jordan
The George Hotel
Bird Street, Lichfield
Further information here:

Leslie Cavendish at Beatles Fest 2018 New York

Leslie Cavendish, author of The Cutting Edge
The Fest For Beatles Fans
March 9-11, 2018
Hyatt Regency, Jersey City, New York
Further information here:

Leslie Cavendish at the Glasgow Book Festival 2018

Leslie Cavendish, author of The Cutting Edge
Glasgow’s Book Festival
15-25th March 2018
Friday 23rd March 2018 at 7.45pm in The Mitchell Library
Further information here:


Leslie Cavendish in Conversation at Oldham Library
Oldham Library
November 9, 2017 at 7.00PM
Entrance: Free
Oldham Library, Greaves Street, Oldham, OL1 1AL

Interview followed by Q&A with Leslie Cavendish
The Club at The Ivy
October 30, 2017 at 7.00PM
Leslie will be in conversation with author and historian Mark Lewisohn, regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on the Beatles.
This event is free for members and their guests.

An Evening with Leslie Cavendish
Interviewed by Claudia Elliott
(Writer: Classic Rock, Sounds of the Sixties (Radio 2), The Blues and the Royal Albert Hall) NME interviews History of Rock, and my favorite The Ultimate music to Neil Young uncut
The Book Club
October 26, 2017, 18:00–20:30
Entrance: Free
100 Leonard Street, EC2A 4RH London, United Kingdom

Leslie Cavendish at the Idea Store
Idea Store Whitechapel
October 21, 2017 at 2.00PM
Entrance: Free
321 Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1BU

A fascinating view of what it was like working for the Beatles at the end of the Sixties.

Ray Connolly, pop culture writer and journalist who published over 50 interviews with the Beatles.

The best Beatles book for some time

British Beatles Fan Club Magazine

Book Reviews

As Paul McCartney’s hairdresser in the Sixties, Leslie Cavendish was privy to a lot more than split ends. His memoir, deftly written with Neil McNaughton, is a charming, gossipy tale of Beatles, barnets and cultural earthquakes.

Ed Potton

Leslie Cavendish wasn’t just the Beatles’ hairdresser, he was one of the few Londoners/Cockneys at the core of the Apple empire. How many people can say they had a seat on the Magical Mystery Tour bus, were inside the Apple building while the Fab Four played on the roof, and drove Paul McCartney across London in a Mini Cooper?

Claudia Elliott

Beatles Freak’s Blog

I’m not sure where I first heard or saw The Cutting Edge: The Story of the Beatles’ Hairdresser Who Defined an Era by Leslie Cavendish, but the very thought of the Beatles hairdresser writing a book pretty much made me roll my eyes and snort. Not knowing anything about the author my first thoughts were of a tiny little Beatlemaniac who worked somewhere in Liverpool in the early sixties and managed to cut the Fab Four’s greased back locks long before they ever hit the big time. I could image this girl collecting and selling off these locks to all her screaming little friends who also spent their lunch hours at the cavern club swooning over John, Paul, George and Pete!

Well folks…I couldn’t have been more wrong in my first impression of this book. You see, Leslie Cavendish is a man! In fact, he’s a man who loves women so much that after accompanying his mother to her hair salon as a teen, he decided that being a hairdresser would be the ultimate job for a guy who wants to be around glamorous, sexy women all the time. Conveniently, his best childhood friend Lawrence had the same idea and recommended that Leslie try to get an apprenticeship at the hottest salon in London…Vidal Sassoon! After two years as an apprentice, and as luck would have it one day, Jane Asher came into the salon to find that her regular stylist was behind schedule and being in a hurry, she remarkably ended up in the chair of junior stylist Leslie Cavendish. If he thought he was nervous working on Jane Asher’s hair, imagine his surprise when she asked if he would come over to her house later that day to cut her boyfriend’s hair. Leslie knew exactly who that was…Paul McCartney. And so the story goes…

This is actually an incredibly fascinating book with little snippets in between of other famous rock stars and artists sitting in Leslie’s chair. Yes, there is sex, drugs and rock n’ roll, but he does keep it clean, funny and oh so interesting in this very well written and quick read. And for that reason…

I rate this book, 4 out of 4 Beetles!

Promoting my book

The Cutting Edge: The Story of the Beatles’ Hairdresser Who Defined an Era

my book was published in August 2017

order via this link standard edition is £11.99, limited signed edition is £25.00

"The best Beatles book for some time." British Beatles Fan Club Magazine

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published an article in September 2017, reviewing my book here ...

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