Alfred Music Releases a New Edition of The Longest Cocktail Party

An Insider Account of The Beatles
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An Insider Account of The Beatles

Alfred Music Releases a New Edition of The Longest Cocktail Party

An Insider Account of The Beatles and the Wild Rise and Fall of Their

Multi-Million Dollar Apple Empire

Originally published by Playboy Press in 1972, Richard DiLello’s The Longest Cocktail Party is one of the most unique and fascinating books ever written about The Beatles. DiLello worked at the London headquarters of Apple Corps—The Beatles’ inspired and chaotic pop-music enterprise—from 1968 to 1970, and he chronicles those wild years in this candid, exuberant account of the seemingly endless party atmosphere that made The Beatles the artist-heroes of a generation.

The riotously colorful cast of bizarre, eccentric visitors and celebrities that gravitated around The Beatles is the core fabric of DiLello’s book. Full of period detail and paced like a 50-yard dash, The Longest Cocktail Party is a poignant snapshot of The Beatles and a remarkable document of pop culture and the entertainment industry in the 1960s—providing, in many ways, a narrative of the death of the ’60s dream.

Alfred Music is proud to offer this latest paperback edition of DiLello’s Apple memoir to a new generation of music fans. Avidly sought by Beatles aficionados and collectors of rock ’n’ roll history, this edition features a new and insightful foreword by the author.

The Longest Cocktail Party is now available for $19.99 at retail stores, online retailers, and at

Review copies are available upon request.

Alfred Music is the world’s largest educational music publisher. Alfred Music produces educational, reference, pop, and performance materials for teachers, students, professionals, and hobbyists spanning every musical instrument, style, and difficulty level. Alfred Music’s home office is located in Los Angeles, with domestic offices in Miami, Nashville, and New York, as well as offices around the world, including Australia, Germany, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

Since 1922, Alfred Music has been dedicated to helping people learn, teach, and play music. Alfred Music currently has over 150,000 active titles. Alfred Music represents a wide range of well-known publications—from methods like Alfred’s Basic Guitar, Alfred’s Basic Piano Library, Premier Piano Course, Sound Innovations, and Suzuki, to artists like Bruce Springsteen, Bruno Mars, Cole Port, fun., George and Ira Gershwin, John Lennon, Katy Perry, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and The Who, to brands like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, The Wizard of Oz, Rolling Stone magazine, and Billboard.

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