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NEW YORK, AUGUST 23, 1966


QUESTION: How do you manage to have such a wierd effect on teenagers?

GEORGE: Enthusiasm, I guess.

QUESTION: Do you worry about smoking in public? Do you think it might set a bad example for your younger fans?

GEORGE: We don't set examples. We smoke because we always smoked. Kids don't smoke because we do. They smoke because they want to. If we changed, we'd be putting on an act.

RINGO: We even drink.

QUESTION: What careers would you individually have chosen had you not become entertainers.

RINGO: A hairdresser.

GEORGE: I had a short go at being an electrician's apprentice, but I kept blowing things up, so I got dumped.

PAUL: I don't know ... maybe something with art in it.

JOHN: No comment.

QUESTION: Do you have any special messages for the Dutch youth?

JOHN: Tell them to buy Beatles records.

QUESTION: What's it like being Beatles?

GEORGE: We've gotten to know each other quite well. We can stand each other better now than when we first met.

QUESTION: Has success spoiled the Beatles?

JOHN: Well, you don't see us running out and buying bowler hats, do you? I think we pretty well succeeded in remaining ourselves.

PAUL: The great thing about it is that you don't have big worries anymore when you've got where we have only little ones, like whether the plane is going to crash.

QUESTION: Can we look forward to any more Beatle movies?

JOHN: Well, they'll be many more. But I don't know whether you can look forward to them or not.

QUESTION: Is your popularity beginning to taper off?

PAUL: I agree that our popularity has hit a peak. But I also agreed with a man who said the same thing last year. And we were both wrong.

QUESTION: How do you feel about bandleader Ray Bloch's statement that the Beatles won't last a year?

JOHN: We'll probably last longer than Ray Bloch.

QUESTION: Sorry to interupt you while you are eating, but what do you think you will be doing in five years' time when all this is over?

JOHN: Still eating.

QUESTION: What will you do when the bubble burts?

GEORGE: Take up ice hockey.

PAUL: Play basketball.

QUESTION: Aren't you tired of all the hocus-pocus? Wouldn't you rather sit on your fat wallets?

PAUL: When we get tired, we take fat vacations on our fat wallets.

QUESTION: What is the biggest threat to your careers, the atom bomb or dandruff?

RINGO: The atom bomb. We've already got dandruff.

QUESTION: How long will your popularity last?

JOHN: When you're going to go, you're going to go.

QUESTION: What do you think you've contributed to the musical field?

RINGO: Records.

GEORGE: A laugh and a smile.

QUESTION: Do you care what the public thinks about your private lives?

RINGO: There's a woman in the United States who predicted the plane we were traveling on would crash. Now, a lot of people would like to think we were scared into saying a prayer. What we did actually - we drank.

QUESTION: What do you think of space shots?

JOHN: You see one, you've seen them all.

QUESTION: What about the recent criticism of your lyrics?

PAUL: If you start reading things into them, you might as well start singing hymns.

QUESTION: Why are you disinterested in politics?

JOHN: We're not. We just think politicians are disinteresting.

QUESTION: You've admitted to being agnostics. Are you also irreverent?

PAUL: We are agnostics, so there's no point in being irreverent.

QUESTION: How do you stand in the draft?

JOHN: About five feet, eleven inches.

QUESTION: Are you afraid military service might break up your careers?

JOHN: No, there's no draft in England now. We're going to let you do our fighting for us.

QUESTION: What do you think about the pamphlet calling you four Communists?

PAUL: Us, Communists? Why, we can't be Communists. We're the world's number one capitalists Imagine us Communists?

QUESTION: What do you considerthe most important thing in life?

GEORGE: Love.

QUESTION: What is your personal goal?

GEORGE: To do as well as I can at whatever I attempt. And someday to die with a peaceful mind.

QUESTION: But you really don't expect that to happen for a long time yet, do you?

GEORGE: When your number's up, it's up.

QUESTION: What about your future?

JOHN: It looks nice.

QUESTION: Are you scared when crowds scream at you?

JOHN: More so in Dallas than in other places, perhaps.

QUESTION: Would you like to walk down the street without being recognized?

JOHN: we used to do it with no money in our pockets. There's no point in it.

QUESTION: What would you do if the fans got past police lines?

GEORGE: We'd die laughing.

QUESTION: If you could have any wish you wanted at this moment, what would it be?

JOHN: No more unscheduled public appearances. We've had enough. We're going to stay in our hotel except for concerts.

QUESTION: Won't this make you feel like caged animals?

JOHN: No. We feed ourselves.

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