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Derek Taylor provides us with the best account of the one-and-only Apple Corps. 

The moral of Derek's story is that - when there's (a lot of) money involved - people start coming around you like flies around dung. But it's them the dung, not you dear.

And you should be at least questioning their motives - if not mistrusting them entirely. Some of these animals will try to flatter your ego while in the meantime flattening their own desires. But snakes and scorpions maintain their characters

Fifty years ago, the Boys (well: the Beatles) did learn Derek's lesson by trial and error.

They trusted wanna-be hustlers and allowed them to bite and infect with their poison that peculiar extended family created by the inner circle around the Fab Four called Apple Corps. Some of them were sons of militaries, such as Magic Andie. Some were screwballs. Some were thieves.

Ultimately Derek's moral appeared to be not too distant from what the Gospel had said: "I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves."

I guess that the rest is just window dressing.