It was when the hungry and belligerent Hell’s Angel Pete Knell threatened to smash his fist into John Lennon’s face at the office Christmas Party that it finally became apparent that the beautiful dream of Apple Corps wasn’t sustainable.
Knell had already knocked out one of the other partygoers – a well-spoken English ‘twit’ who had tried to tell him it wasn’t ‘cool’ to be hungry.
Actor and author Peter Coyote – a close friend of Knell’s – intervened – telling Lennon (who was dressed as Santa Claus) to sit down before the Hell’s Angel could strike again.
This incident took place in the Georgian building in Savile Row Mayfair that served as Apple Corps’s offices.
Apple Corps was the venture set up by the Beatles in 1968.
It was somewhere between a conventional entertainment business and a hippy Nirvana.
The story of the early years of the company is told in Ben Lewis’s entertaining and surprising new film The Beatles, Hippies And Hell’s Angels.
This is a Beatles documentary with a difference.
There are no screaming teenagers or scenes of John – Paul – Ringo – George singing ‘Love Me Do’.