"There are only four people who knew what the Beatles were about
"The postman wants an autograph. The cab driver wants a picture.
The waitress wants a handshake. Everyone wants a piece of you."
"I wanted to be successful, not famous."
“Everybody loves you when you're six foot in the ground.”
John Lennon, from his song 'Nobody Loves
"Music's all right John, but you'll never make a living
out of it."
John Lennon's Aunt Mimi Smith
“We didn't all get into music for a job! We got into
music to avoid a job, in truth - and get lots of girls.”
Reporter: "The French have not made up their minds about the
Beatles; what do you think of them?"
John Lennon: "Oh, we like the Beatles,
“We thought that if we lasted for two to three years
that would be fantastic.”
"The nicest thing is to open the newspapers and not to
find yourself in them."
Question: "Are you scared when
crowds scream at you?"
John Lennon: "More so in Dallas
than in other places."
[A reference to the assassination of
President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, just weeks before the
Beatles arrived in America]
"Guilt for being rich, and guilt thinking that perhaps
love and peace isn't enough and you have to go and get shot
John Lennon, 1980, the year John was shot
"It was Elvis who really got me hooked on beat music.
When I heard "Heartbreak Hotel" I thought, this is
"We were the Spice Boys."
"If everyone demanded peace instead of another television
set, then there'd be peace."
"I'll play what you want or I won't play at all."
George Harrison to Paul during
the recording of the "Let
It Be" album
“So this is America. They must be out of their
Ringo Starr, in 1964, arriving in America for the first time
"I definitely did look up to John. We all looked up to
John. He was older and he was very much the leader; he was
the quickest wit and the smartest."
"Music is everybody's possession. It's only publishers who
think that people own it."
"Gene Autry was the most. It may sound like a joke - Go and
have a look in my bedroom, It's covered with Gene Autry posters.
He was my first musical influence."
"They gave their money and they gave their screams, but
the Beatles kind of gave their nervous systems."
Harrison in 1995 on Beatlemania
"George wrote Taxman, and I played guitar on it. He wrote
it in anger at finding out what the taxman did. He had never
known before then what could happen to your money."
"You have to be a bastard to make it, and that's a fact. And
the Beatles are the biggest bastards on earth."
"America has everything, why should they want us?"
George Harrison, 1964, as the Beatles proceed to conquer America
"We will miss George for his sense of love, his sense of music
and his sense of laughter."
"At the end of the Beatles, I really was done in for the first
time in my life. Until then, I really was a kind of cocky sod."
"In the end, this world will go under because of the stupidity
Question: "There`s a "stamp
out the Beatles movement" underway in Detroit. What are
you going to do about it?"
Paul McCartney: "We`re going
to start a campaign to stamp out Detroit."
"We reckoned we could make it because there were four of
us. None at us would've made it alone, because Paul wasn't
quite strong enough, I didn't have enough girl-appeal, George
was too quiet, and Ringo was the drummer. But we thought that
everyone would be able to dig at least one of us, and that's
how it turned out."
“Everything government touches turns to crap.”
"Rap music is just computerised crap. I listen to Top
of the Pops and after three songs I feel like killing someone."
Question: "How do you feel about teenagers imitating
you with Beatle wigs?"
John Lennon: "They are not imitating us, because we don`t
wear Beatle wigs."
Question: "Does your hair require any special attention?"
John Lennon: "Inattention is the main thing."
Reporter: "Where did you get the idea for the haircuts?"
John Lennon: "Where'd you get the idea for yours?"
Reporter: "What execuse have you for collar-length hair?"
John Lennon: "Well, it just grows out of yer head."
"I am alive and well and unconcerned about the rumors
of my death. But if I were dead, I would be the last to know."
Paul McCartney, 1969
Question: "What did you think
when your airliner`s engine began smoking as you landed today?"
Ringo Starr: "Beatles, women
and children first!"