The Beatles album ’Revolver’ erhåller guldcertifieringsstatus i USA

The Beatles senaste album Revolver erhöll denna måndag guldcertifiering av RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) efter det att albumet nu hade sålts i 1 000 000 (1 miljon) exemplar.

The Beatles håller inte mindre än två presskonferenser på ’Warwick Hotel’ i New York City

The Beatles flög från Cincinnati till New York och landade på La Guardia-flygplatsen kl. 03.50 på måndagsmorgonen. Trots tiden på dygnet möttes de av en handfull Beatlesfans.

New York City.


De blev körda till Warwick Hotel, där de under dagen gav den första av två presskonferenser.
Warwick New York Hotel - Wikipedia

’The Warwick Hotel’ i New York.


Den första var en sedvanlig presskonferens för journalister och fotografer med flera. Den andra presskonferensen var en speciell konferens enbart för Beatlesfans. Mer om den senare längre ner i denna artikel.

Judith Sims, tidningsredaktören för tidningen Tinset berättar:
När vi närmade oss vår destination var vi omgivna av alla dessa höga byggnader och aggressiva tonåringar. Avenue of the Americas var avspärrad, liksom alla gator runt Warwick Hotel. Inte bara hotellet var bevakat, utan alla vägar som ledde dit! Trots detta blev vår bil attackerad. Vi kom knappt fram till huvudentrén utan någon allvarlig incident, men vakterna släppte inte igenom oss! Wendy Hanson, Brian Epsteins personliga assistent, sammanfattade det genom att säga: ”Det är det! Vi skyddar oss från oss själva igen.” Några minuter senare fick den utmattade och hjälplösa säkerhetsvakten besked om att vi verkligen var från turnerande bandet.”

New York-polisen försöker hålla ordning på alla fans som hade samlats utanför ’Warwick Hotel’, där The Beatles bodde.


Nedan följer några frågor och svar från beatlarna under den sedvanliga presskonferensen denna dag.

Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon och George Harrison vid presskonferensen på ’Warwick Hotel’.


Q: Would any of you care to comment on any aspect of the war in Vietnam?

John Lennon: We don’t like it.

Q: Could you elaborate any?

Lennon: No. I’ve elaborated enough, you know. We just don’t like it. We don’t like war.

George Harrison: It’s, you know… It’s just war is wrong, and it’s obvious it’s wrong. And that’s all that needs to be said about it.

Paul McCartney: We can elaborate in England.

Q: I have a question for Paul. I don’t know if you know about it yet, but two young ladies threatened to jump to their death from the 22nd floor of the hotel here in Manhattan if they could see you. How do you feel about young girls acting this way?

Här griper några New York-poliser in när ett par kvinnliga Beatlesfans hotar med att hoppa från en bro om de inte får träffa beatlarna.


McCartney: If they could see me?

Q: They wanted to see you – If you would come over they wouldn’t jump. The police finally rescued them. They threatened to jump unless you came over.

McCartney: Good God, you know. Phew! I don’t understand it. I don’t know. Erm, silly, that. I’ll see ’em, you know.

Q: Will the Beatles be inactive when John goes on movie location for the motion picture [How I Won The War]?

Ringo Starr:  Yes.

Lennon: I’m only doing it because we’ve got a holiday, you know. I wouldn’t do it if we had any work. We’re not out of work, mind you.

Q: When you arrived at the airport and there were only nine girls waiting to meet you, were you disappointed, and do you think that’s a reflection of a loss of popularity in this country?

John: Yeah, we’re real brought down by it.

McCartney: Really disappointed! Three o’clock in the morning they expected millions.

Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon och George Harrison vid presskonferensen på ’Warwick Hotel’.


Q: Now that Paul is the only bachelor Beatle, do you find that the girls gravitate more to him than they do to the rest of you fellas? How do you feel about that?

Lennon: They always did!

Starr: Yeah.

McCartney: Well, the thing that we found, we found after all this business, of all the buttons that say ‘I love Ringo’, ‘I love John’, John’s were outselling everyone’s.

Lennon: A rather distinctive Beatle.

McCartney: A distinctive Beatle.

Q: This is for Paul and John. Do you think that happiness is really egg-shaped, or is it just a rumor from the egg marketing magazine?

McCartney: Hoo hoo hoo.

Lennon: Ho, ho.

Q: Do you think happiness is real, or just a fantasy?

Lennon: It’s real, all right.

Ringo: Depends how the eggs are cooked.

Paul: That was about as good as anything.

Q: Ringo, now that George has joined John and Paul in writing songs are you going to start writing your own songs?

Starr: Erm, no.

Q: Why not?

Starr: I can’t write them. I try, you know, but… a lot of rubbish.

Q: On your new album, Revolver, I noticed a lot of violins and even trumpets.

Harrison: Very observant.

Q: How come you decided to use violins and trumpets?

McCartney: There were, er, I think there were three violins on the whole album, and three trumpets. So we’re not exactly going overboard on ’em, you know. We don’t use them all that much, but it was just that those tracks sounded better with violins and with trumpets than with us, you know. That’s the only reason we use them.

Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon och George Harrison under den första av två presskonferenser på ’Warwick Hotel’.


Q: This one to John, please. Any remarks whatsoever on some of the recent remarks attributed to you and the Beatles concerning religion?

Lennon: Well, I think I’ve said enough about that. I can’t say anymore, and just sort of going over the same thing over again. You know, a lot of it just is a lot of rubbish and a lot of hysteria.

Q: To John and Paul: it’s been said that Lennon and McCartney may some day replace the names Rogers and Hammerstein. Have you ever considered discontinuing performing and instead just keep on writing?

Lennon: No.

Q: Would you rather perform, then?

McCartney: I mean, you know, when we’re 80 we won’t be performing. We may be writing.

Lennon: And we don’t want to be Rogers and Hart, either.

Q: This is to all of you. You seem to be doing a Bob Dylan in reverse. That is, you became popular playing rock and roll and now you seem to be doing a lot more folk rock. Would you care to comment on that?

Starr: Folk rock.

McCartney: It’s not folk rock. Honest. Yeah, somebody said that the other day.

Q: Songs like Elenor Rigby and…

McCartney: No, the thing is that – that thing about Bob Dylan is probably right, in reverse, because we’re getting more interested now in the content of the songs, whereas Bob Dylan is getting more interested in rock and roll. It’s just, we’re both going towards the same thing, I think.

Q: Paul, I believe you have just recently purchased a farm in Scotland. Have you any intention of purchasing any further, being in the United States?

Paul McCartney: No. I just bought that farm because it was very cheap. And, uhh, I always wanted a farm. And it’s a nice place. But that’s as far as it goes.

Färgglada gossar – Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon och George Harrison under den första av två presskonferenser. 



Q: This is for John. There have been reports from Europe about too much reaction to your Christianity remark. They say it represents a possibility of immaturity in American society. Do you think so?

John Lennon: Er, who says so?

Q: It was said in overseas press.

Lennon: Well, I mean, it’s an opinion. That’s all, you know. I don’t… They’re entitled to their opinion.

McCartney: I think the thing about that is that, er, there are more people in America, so there are more bigots just by head of population. No, well, there are, you know.

Lennon: What about Scotland?

McCartney: Well, you know, but I mean, you hear more from American bigots than you do from Russian bigots. That doesn’t mean the whole country’s bigoted, you know. Does it?

Q: This question is to John and Paul. Is there any special significance in the use of the term Yelow Submarine?

McCartney: It’s a happy place, that’s all. You know, it was just, we were trying to write a children’s song. That was the basic idea. And there’s nothing more to be read into it than there is in the lyrics of any children’s song. Sparky, you know, it’s the same kind of thing.

Lennon: Sparky?

McCartney: Sparky. Correct.

Q: Two years ago I traveled with you as a group, and this time you seem to be much more quiet, much more restrained. Do you think you’re getting older, or are the tours getting to you?

Lennon: I think we’re probably getting older, you know, each year.

McCartney: I’ve got older.

Q: How do you think Prime Minister [Harold] Wilson’s austerity program is going to affect London as the capital of rock and roll, and what’s it going to do to you financially if the pounds devalue?

Lennon: We don’t know. You know, we don’t know what he’s done, yet, because we’ve been away. I mean, we’ve seen a bit of it, you know. If it affects us, that’s all right.

Q: I must say you’re a cute looking bunch.

McCartney: Gee, thanks, ma’am.

Q: I’d like to ask you sort of a personal question. Do you bring your own barber with you when you travel abroad?

All: No.

Q: Do you have your hair cut, then, wherever you are?

Ringo Starr: Erm, no. Well we usually have it cut at home, you know. Well, I do.

Q: How do you define glamour in a girl?

Starr: Glamour?

Lennon: Don’t like glamour.

McCartney: You can’t define glamour, really, you know. It’s just there or it isn’t.

Lennon and McCartney: Glamour.

Q: There was a rumour carried in the New York press and on radio this past week that you’re all wearing wigs because you were trying to join a London club which is very exclusive. Is it true or false? Are you wearing wigs?

George Harrison: No.

McCartney: Oh. Do you believe that? Do you? No.

Q: Your hair looks much more uniform than it did two years ago.

McCartney: Thanks, silly. No, that’s not true, you know. But thanks all the same.

Lennon: No comment.

Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon och George Harrison sett lite från ena sidan vid den första av två presskonferenser. 


Q: To George – Now that you’ve learnt to play the sitar, do you expect to learn any more instruments?

Harrison: I haven’t learnt to play the sitar. I mean, Ravi Shankar hasn’t learnt to play it and he’s been playing it 35 years.

McCartney: Woo!

Q: A question to John and Paul. Is there any theme to the Rubber Soul and Revolver albums?

McCartney: Theme?

Q: A general theme with variations on it?

McCartney: No, not really, you know. Is there a theme?

Lennon: No. The only theme is that you do them at the same period, so they have something in common when they get on the same LP. That’s all.

Q: A question to George. Do you feel that Indian music will be more influencial in the future of rock ‘n’ roll and pop music?

Harrison: Um, well, I don’t know. I personally hope it will become more – that there’ll be more Indian influences just generally in any music, because it’s worth it. It’s very good music. I’d just like to see it more popular, more people appreciating it.

Q: This question is addressed to all of you. Do any of you ever get tired of all this hocus-pocus, the press conferences, the screaming girls, the crowds, and decide that you would like to just sit back on your fat wallets and forget the whole thing?

John Lennon: Well, when we feel like that, we take a fat holiday on our fat wallets. And then you get fed up with that and you feel like coming out and doing this.

Q: How would you describe the reception you received on this trip to the States? Has it increased, diminished, or remained the same?

Paul McCartney: The actual numbers of people, erm, recepting, or whatever the word is, is bigger. So I hear. Who knows?

Ringo Starr: Yeah.

McCartney: Well, Brian [Epstein] knows. You know, ask him.

George Harrison: We’re playing to more people on this trip than we have on the last tours.

Q: You said that you and Dylan are heading towards the same thing. Where do you see your music going? Things have changed.

McCartney: Well, it’s going… I don’t know. The thing is, it’s going forwards. I don’t know toward what, but it’s gonna go forward. We’re trying to take it forward, and Dylan’s trying to take his forward, but it just looks as though it’s going backwards. You know, I’m not trying to be funny, but it does. It’s gone from very complicated to less complicated.

Q: But certainly it’s changed since your advent. I’m wondering where you consider yourself to be now, music-wise.

Lennon: On Decca Records.

Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon och George Harrison låter sig glatt fotograferas under den första av två presskonferenser på ’Warwick Hotel’.


Q: Do any of you have plans to record on your own?

Lennon: We do at home, you know. We might.

Harrison: In fact, we have done, I think.

Lennon: I think so.

Harrison: Eleanor Rigby was Paul on his own.

Lennon: We were just drinking tea.

Q: No, the thing that I’m trying to get at is, do you have plans like anything definite at all?

McCartney: Not for separate recording careers, if that’s what you mean.

Q: Have you written any good books lately, John?

McCartney: Blues?

Lennon: Books?

McCartney: Books?

Lennon: Books or blues, I haven’t written anything, you know.

Q: Paul, according to wire reports you became a little ill after you got off the plane last night. What happened? Air sickness?

Paul: Yeah, something. You know, I haven’t been too well on the tour. I just felt a bit ill, that’s all, and I was sick.

Q: One of you, I believe it was George, said that you couldn’t comment on Vietnam in this country but you could in England. Could you elaborate on that a little bit?

Harrison: I didn’t say that. Maybe one of us said that, but I didn’t.

McCartney: It was me. I mean, you know about that, anyway, you know. I mean, we could say a thing about… like John’s religious thing in England and it wouldn’t be taken up and misinterpreted quite as much as it tends to get here. I mean, you know it does. The thing is that, I think you can say things like that in England and people will listen a bit more than they do in America, because in America somebody will take it up and use it completely against you and won’t have many scruples about doing that. You know, I’m probably putting my foot in it saying that, but…

Lennon: You’ll be explaining to the next bunch.

McCartney: Yeah, I know. Oh well, it’s just wonderful here.

Q: There appear to be a much smaller number of fans outside the hotel, and the concert tomorrow night at Shea Stadium is far below a sellout. How do you feel about this…

Lennon: Very rich.

Q: …not being quite as popular as you were?

Lennon: It doesn’t matter, you know.

Q: Do you make the same money?

McCartney: Well, I don’t know, but the thing is, do you expect us just to go on for ever making more and more money, making more and more figures, bigger and bigger? You can’t just go forever.

Harrison: And if certain people have decided they don’t like us after John’s statement then, you know, we don’t want…

Lennon: We’ll have to get rid of them.

George Harrison myser lite under frågestunden på ’Warwick Hotel’.


Harrison: We’d rather just have people who like us, and really like us, rather than pretend to like us because we’re the in thing.

Lennon: The first house in Memphis, 200 didn’t turn up who were meant to, or something like that, but the second house was wild, you know, and we thought that would be the place that would show any sort of real doubt about what was going on.

Q: Do you think that with the new miniskirts and wild fashions that young women are exposing too much these days?

All: No!

John Lennon: You get quite used to it. It’s not as wild as you think it is, when it’s sort of, everybody’s wearing clothes like that. It just looks sort of normal and you get used to it, the same as people got used to long hair.

Q: When you go to San Francisco then, will you visit some of the topless restaurants?

George Harrison:  No, we’ll only be there long enough to do the concert and then fly back to Los Angeles.

Lennon: Well, they could come to the show. We’ll get ’em a couple of tickets.

Harrison: Yeah. They could dance on stage while we do our act.

Lennon: Nah, we wouldn’t be able to do it.

Q: What music do you listen to for relaxation?

Ringo Starr: All sorts, you know.

Paul McCartney: All kinds of music. I don’t think any one of us has got…

Lennon: Except for him.

McCartney: Well, George is mainly interested in Indian music, and we all share the interest, and like all other kinds of music as well. Good music, you know.

Samma fotoglada gossar – här i färg: Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon och George Harrison.


Q: Here’s a question for the entire group. I noticed that Brian Epstein is sitting up on the platform with you gentlemen. After all these years how are the Beatles and Brian getting along, aside from the financial considerations?

Lennon: We get on just fine.

McCartney: Good friends.

Harrison: He wouldn’t be sitting on the stage with us now if we didn’t.

Lennon: He’d be sitting on his fat wallet somewhere.

Q: If it could be arranged would you like to include, in your ’67 or ’68 European concert itinerary, concerts in the satellite capital countries such as Warsaw, Moscow and Budapest? Can you answer that, please?

Lennon: We can’t, you know. We’d like…

Harrison: Personally, I wouldn’t like to play there because I just don’t fancy going there at the moment. There’s lots of other places I’d rather see first. But that’s a personal whim, you know.

Tony Barrow: These are now the last three questions.


En glad John Lennon här tillsammans med George Harrison under den första presskonferensen denna eftermiddag.


Q: I got a tough question for Ringo. Your boy is a year old next month, right? September?

Starr: Yeah.

Q: What kind of gifts does he want for his birthday?

Starr: Well, how do I know? He’s not talking yet.

Q: Do you feel responsible for the mod fashion revolution in the United States?

All: No.

Lennon: We haven’t noticed it.

Harrison: We’re not responsible for ourselves, never mind fashions.

Lennon: Mental as well, eh?

Q: A couple of years ago, you said that you were most influenced by people such as Chuck Berry, LaVern Baker etcetera. Now that they’re more or less over the hill as far as pop music is concerned…

Lennon: They were then.

Q: …who do you admire now? You mentioned Indian music. Are there any pop stars in the United States today that still influence you?

Lennon: We like a lot of American groups, still, you know.

Harrison: Elvis.

Lennon: We still like Chuck Berry. I haven’t burned his records or anything. The Lovin’ Spoonful are nice.

McCartney: Beach Boys are great.

Starr: Mamas And The Papas.

Lennon: We like a lot of things, and are influenced by everything that’s going on.

McCartney: Especially Bill Haley.

Q: What about the downfall?

McCartney: What about it?

Harrison: Well, the downfall won’t be a downfall for us because we won’t really…

Lennon: …feel down.

Harrison: If we’ll have a downfall it will only be for all those people who think, Hee hee, the Beatles aren’t making hit records anymore. We won’t particularly be worried. So it won’t be a downfall.

Q: You’re looking forward to it? Getting out of all this?

McCartney: No, we’re not.

Lennon: We don’t sort of dread it. It’s just something that’ll happen.

Harrison: When it happens, we’ll accept it.

Q: Ringo, do you have any comment on fatherhood?

Starr: Ah, it’s OK! You know, that’s about all. I like it.

Tony Barrow: This must be the last question, I’m afraid, time-wise.

Q: One of the disc jockeys in the local area said that one of the songs, I believe it was Rain, was recorded backwards. Is this true?

Lennon: It is true. After we’d done the session on that particular song – it ended at about four or five in the morning – I went home with a tape to see what else you could do with it. And I was sort of very tired, you know, not knowing what I was doing, and I just happened to put it on my own tape recorder and it came out backwards. And I liked it better. So that’s how it happened.

Juniorernas presskonferens: Warwick Hotel, New York City

Vid bordet sitter som vanligt Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon och George Harrison. Bakom grabbarna till vänster står Brian Epstein och Neil Aspinall.



Efter ovanstående presskonferens var det dags för vad som kallades för Junior Press Conference. Under denna närvarade bara unga fans. Det hela var The Beatles egen idé och meningen med denna specialkonferens var att ändra på det vanliga konceptet för presskonferenserna som de har varit med om, i hopp om att de skulle få annorlunda frågor än vad de vanliga journalisterna brukade ställa.
Presskonferensen arrangerades tillsammans med en radiostation i New York City – WMCA och disc-jockeyn Gary Stevens. De hade bjudit in lyssnarna till att skicka in vykort med deras namn, adress och telefonnummer. Det kom in omkring 50 000 vykort och bland alla dessa hade man valt ut 75 slumpmässigt. En liknande tävling hade också arrangerats av The Official American Beatles Fan Club, vilket innebar att de var totalt 150 Beatlesfans som fick vara med om denna rätt unika presskonferens som också den ägde rum på Warwick Hotel.

När fansen kom till konferensrummet blev de tilldelade en gåva som innehöll individuellt signerade fotografier av The Beatles. När väl The Beatles visades sig i konferensrummet blev det en hel del skrik, vilket höll i sig under hela konferensen.

Mot slutet av konferensen fick John Lennon en gitarr, skräddartillverkad från the Guild Guitar Company, som hade sitt huvudkontor i Hoboken i New Jersey.

Här överlämnar Mark Dronge en gitarr till John Lennon under det att George Harrison känner sig en smula överspelad, kan man tänka.


Här syns det lite tydligare vem som är mer än nöjd för gitarren och vem som känner att gitarren skulle ha varit till honom istället. Ganska tydlig blick från George Harrison. 


Så här ser den 12-strängade ’Guild’-gitarren ut som John Lennon fick under den andra av dagens två presskonferenser.


Instrumentet var en 12-strängad  Guild Starfire XII gjord i träslaget lönn med ett flamliknande mönster. Det som inte var i trä vad guldpläterat, såsom stallet, stämskruvarna, mikrofonerna etc.  Detta var en engångsföreteelse eftersom gitarren skänktes till Lennon av Mark Dronge, sonen till grundaren av Guild Guitar Company, Alfred Dronge. Mark fick tillgång att vara med på konferensen genom en fotograf som kände Guilds reklamagent.

Mark Dronge minns:
I marched up and walked past George, and he’d kind of seen me coming and thought it was for him. I could see his expression getting sour, but I walked right past him and gave it to John. I thought John played the electric 12! I gave it to John… and George was pissed. I don’t even know if the case and the guitar ever got back together until years later, when I saw that guitar in Hawaii, at the Hard Rock Café.

En viss tid efter denna presskonferens. hamnade gitarren i Yoko Onos tidigare make Tony Cox ägo. Han sålde den till Hard Rock Cafe-kedjan. Den lär finnas på Hard Rock Cafe i Honolulu på Hawaii. Det är inte känt om gitarren någonsin har varit med under någon inspelning med The Beatles. Men det sägs att gitarren användes i samband med inspelningen av låten Getting Better.

Vad tyckte The Beatles själva om junior-presskonferensen?
George och Paul tyckte till: Efter att jublet ökade bestämde vi oss för att det skulle bli en si-så-där-händelse. men frågorna var bra. De är våra fans. De frågar om vad de vill veta. George tillade: Jag känner att jag börjar bli gammal. Jag tål inte ljudet. Om de bara inte skrek så, men frågorna var bra. John sa att han trodde att ungdomspresskonferensen skulle vara hemsk, men tonåringarna ställde bättre frågor än proffsen.

Eftersom allt ljud från juniorpresskonferensen inte har sparats samt det faktum att mycket av vad som sades dränktes av fansens skrik återges här bara en del av den transkriberade intervjun.

Q: Paul McCartney are you going to get married with Jane Asher?

John Lennon: OHN: Yay! Tee-hee!

McCartney: Erm, I’m probably gonna get married with Jane.

Q: I want to know who your favourite American group is.

Lennon: Just one? There’s a lot of them.

McCartney: There’s quite a few of them, you know. Beach Boys, Lovin’ Spoonful, Byrds, Mamas And Papas.

Q: I’d like to know, John, are you making a movie without the other Beatles?

Lennon: Yes.

Q: When?

Lennon: When I get home from doing this.

Q: Are you gonna have a lead part?

Lennon: No.

Q: A small part?

Lennon: It’s… you know. I wouldn’t take a lead part. I wouldn’t like to.

Q: Will they put your name in the mo.. you know in the um…

Lennon: I’m big enough to get a mensh.

Q: I’d like to ask Paul when the whole group is going to make their next picture.

McCartney: The next picture, we’ll probably make it, I think, early next year. But at the moment the man’s writing a script, and it depends on the script, you know, when we make it.

Q: I’d like to ask John – Is it true he went around London in a gorilla suit?

Lennon: No. That was a film called Morgan. I’ve got a gorilla suit, which I’ve worn about twice to frighten a few people, and it’s too hot.

Q: I’d like to know, do you mean all the lyrics that you write?

McCartney: We mean them as lyrics. But I mean, if we write ‘We all live in a yellow submarine we don’t really mean that.

Q: Paul, is Eleanor Rigby cryptic? Does it got a hidden meaning?

McCartney: No, no. No. It’s just a straight song.

Lennon: That aint no hidden meaning, baby.

Q: I wonder, being in a group with four people and becoming famous so young, how you managed to evolve with separate personalities.

Paul McCartney: The main thing is, it’s true that we’re a group of four people together with an image, but we don’t believe that. We don’t take that bit of us too seriously.

John Lennon: We’re still us, you know.

McCartney: We’re still individuals.

Q: I’d like to wish John a happy wedding anniversary.

Lennon: Oh, thank you!

Q: I want to know if any of you know Patricia Flater in Cumberland, England.

McCartney: Patricia who?

Q: Flater. F.L.A.T.E.R.

Paul: Suuuure!

Q: I’d like to ask Paul, who is Eleanor Rigby? I read in The Beatles Book that she is a person. Who is she?

McCartney: No, she isn’t. It was just a name. It was nearly gonna be Daisy Hawkins.

Q: I read that she was someplace with you fellas, that she met you.

McCartney: No, it’s not a real person. It’s only imagination.

Q: In the beginning of your album, right before Taxman there’s a lot of squeaking.

George Harrison: It’s just the bit before we recorded it, what happened to be on the tape. That part usually gets cut off. We thought you’d like to hear it.

Q: I want to know – How come you don’t have the same Help! movie and Hard Day’s Night movie here in the United States. It’s not as long. Why did you cut it?

Harrison: United Artists cut the pieces out of it. Not us.

McCartney: It’s got nothing to do with us, you see. Other people do that, cut it. We just make it.

Q: I heard that Sid Bernstein offered you to come back next year. Are you looking forward to it?

Lennon: We never heard about it.

Q: What do you think of miniskirts, and do you think they will go higher?

McCartney: Well, I like miniskirts. I think they’re fine. The thing is, at the moment it’s miniskirts, but in Victorian times people were ashamed to show their ankles, you know.

McCartney: It’s just got a bit higher, now. It may go even higher. Whoopie!

Q: George, do you have a cousin named Maggie?

Harrison: No.

Q: I’d like to know what you think of the boys that followed you from the airport last night.

Lennon: We didn’t notice them.

Q: I’d like to ask any of you – Have you seen the Beatles cartoon show?

Ringo Starr: Yeah.

Q: What do you think of it?

Starr: It’s OK.

Q: Do you think it’s a good portrayal of your character?

McCartney: It’s not really like us, but it’s fun.

Q: I’d like to know if this press conference was your idea or if you’re just here because of…

Lennon: Ours.

McCartney: Yeah.

Starr: Everybody’s having a good time.

Q: Ringo, where do you get all your rings?

Starr: Erm, people buy them for me, you know.

Q: I’d like to know, how do you decide who is going to sing the lead in any of your songs?

Lennon: Whoever knows most of the words.