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.

Visitors based in the USA and Canada can purchase the book, priced at US$ 14.13, from Barnes & Noble from their website here:

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.

Order the book NOW via this link.


El Peluquero de los Beatles Leslie Cavendish

El peluquero de los Beatles

By Leslie Cavendish
Detalles del producto
Tapa blanda: 304 páginas
Editor: Indicios (3 de septiembre de 2018)
Colección: Indicios no ficción
Idioma: Español
ISBN-10: 841573235X
ISBN-13: 978-8415732358

Descripción del producto

Leslie Cavendish era un joven aprendiz de peluquero que trabajaba para Vidal Sassoon en la década del sesenta, cuando un día le tocó suplantar a otro peluquero y le cortó el cabello a la actriz Jane Asher que por entonces era la novia de Paul McCartney. Al poco tiempo, ella lo llamó para preguntarle si podía hacerle el favor de ir a la casa de Paul a cortarle el cabello a su novio. Así por casualidad la vida de Leslie cambió por completo. Al poco tiempo no solo le cortaba el cabello a los cuatro integrantes del grupo, sino también a otros músicos invitados y empleados de Apple records.

Participó en proyectos como el ?Magical Mistery Tour? que relata desde dentro, y cuenta muchas otras curiosidades de los Beatles jamás contadas. Un libro ameno y fácil de leer que muestra no solo una nueva faceta del genial grupo musical, sino que también es un retrato de la sociedad inglesa de fines de los años sesenta.

Ordene el libro AHORA a través de este enlace


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:


Beatles Haitdresser Leslie Cavendish Sevilla 2018
Beatlemania comes to Sevilla
5-9 December 2018


Beatles cruise with Leslie Cavendish October 2018
Come and join me and Beatles fans all over the world on this Beatle cruise…
October 2018
Prices for the cruise start at just 699 €
More information here

Henley Literary Festival 2018
Henley Literary Festival
29 Sep – 7 Oct 2018

Sunday 30 September 2018 at 4:00pm in The FESTIVAL HUB programme

Nothing defines the fashion of the sixties and seventies as much as the hairstyles, with the hairdressers themselves becoming stars. Leslie was 15 when he joined Vidal Sassoon, and while still a teenager he became official hairdresser to The Beatles he was also with them on the Magical Mystery Tour coach. He also worked on the distinctive coiffures of the Bee Gees, The Who, Tony Curtis, Dave Clark 5, James Taylor and Peter Cook. Let Leslie regale you with stories from his autobiography The Cutting Edge.
More information here

Chicago Beatles Fest 2018 - The Beatles Hairdresser

Chicago Fest For Beatles Fans 2018
August 10-12, 2018

Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Chicago
Further information here:

I gave celebratory “haircuts”!
Beatles Haircut Certificate from the Beatles Hairdresser


Beatles Pfingst Convention 2018
Special guest Leslie Cavendish (Beatles Hairdresser)
The Beatles Museum
Alter Markt 12
Halle (Saale)

19th May 2018, 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Beatles Museum
Ticket for this day incl. lectures (10.00 a.m. – 18.00 p.m.)
Entrance: 6,00 € for each; für M.B.M. s free (except special guest action)

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 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, 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 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

Leslie Cavendish Interview with Bill Harry in Sixties City

Interview January 2018 in Sixties City with Bill Harry the creator of the iconic 60s music paper Mersey Beat.
Read the full article here

W Radio Columbia interview with Leslie Cavendish Beatles Hairdresser January 2018

“Learn the secret behind The Beatles hair” – Interview with W Radio (Colombia) in English and Spanish in January 2018.
Listen to the interview here

App Press article Beatles Hairdresser March 2018

“Beatles hair: How Fab Four stylist Leslie Cavendish helped change the world”
App Press article, 8 March 2018 by Chris Jordan
Read the interview here

Interview Leslie Cavendish in Sur Lunes, 17 septiembre 2018

Interview with Leslie Cavendish
17 September 2018
Read the interview here

Esquire Interview 27 September 2018 Leslie Cavendish

Interview with Leslie Cavendish
22 September 2018
Read the interview here

In the Media

Leslie Cavendish interview El Mundo Jan 2018

CRÓNICA: Los secretos del jubilado Leslie Cavendish
(CHRONICLE: Secrets of retired Leslie Cavendish)

Interview in El Mundo, the second largest printed daily newspaper in Spain, with Carlos Fresneda
22 Jan. 2018
Read the article here

Interview Leslie Cavenish El Mercurio, Chile 3 March 2018

Interview in El Mercurio, Chile
3 March 2018
Read the article here

WNYC Interview with Leslie Cavendish on March 14, 2018

WNYC Interview with Leslie Cavendish guest hosted by Kai Wright.
14 March 2018
WNYC is one New York’s flagship public radio stations.

Listen to the interview here

STV Live at Five Interview with Leslie Cavendish March 2018

STV Live at Five Interview with Leslie Cavendish
23 March 2018
Watch the interview here

Interview with Leslie Cavendish in The Forward by Seth Rogovoy, March 19, 2018

No, The Beatles Weren’t Jewish – But Their Hairdresser Certainly Was
Interview with Leslie Cavendish in The Forward by Seth Rogovoy
19 March 19, 2018

Read the interview here

Mail Online News Item Leslie Cavendish 2 October 2018
News item in Mail Online
2 October 2018

Read the article here

Leslie Cavendish interview Jewish Telegraph January 2018

Interview with Leslie Cavendish in
The Jewish Telegraph January 2018
Read the full article here

Interview Leslie Cavenish Jewish News March 2018

Interview with Leslie Cavendish in
The Jewish News March 2018
Read the full article here

Critics at Large interview with Beatles Hairdresser Leslie Cavendish

“A Cut Above: In Conversation with Beatles’ Hairdresser Leslie Cavendish”
Interview with Deirdre Kelly

Critics at Large, Friday, March 9, 2018
Read the full article here

REBEAT Blog Interview with Leslie Cavendish The Beatles Hairdresser
“A Cut Above: Beatles’ Hairdresser Leslie Cavendish on McCartney, ‘Magical Mystery Tour,’ and a Close Call with Charles Manson”
Interview in REBEAT – a digital blog/magazine primarily dedicated to mid-century music, culture, and lifestyle
by Allison Johnelle Boron

August 6, 2018
Read the full article here

The Jam TV Show Interview Leslie Cavendish Aug 2018

The Jam TV Show, WCIU-TV, Chicago
Interview with Leslie Cavendish
10 August 2018
Watch the interview here

El Pais Interview 2018 Leslie Cavendish

Interview with Leslie Cavendish
El Pais
16 September 2018
Read the interview here

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

After Paul Weller had read The Cutting Edge he invited Leslie to his concert in Brighton at the start of his UK tour.

The pictures show Leslie, Paul and his Bass guitarist Andy Crofts.

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

My book in the news!

There has been a lot of press interest in my book - listen to, and read the interviews ...

I met the owner of the Indianapolis Colts ...

who bought john lennon's "1963 Gretch" guitar on which john played "paperback writer"...

Beatles tours london

join a VIP Beatles Tour of London ... your "ticket to ride"

About leslie cavendish

the beatles hairdresser from 1967 to 1975

Photo gallery

the hairdresser of some interesting people including the beatles

Press gallery

press cuttings from my time as the beatles hairdresser