Here are some instances in which John, Paul, George and Ringo told it
like it was.
Q: How do you like this welcome?
Ringo: So this is America. They all seem out of their minds.
Q: Can we look forward to any more Beatle movies?
John: Well, there'll be many more, but I don't know whether you can look forward to
them or not.
Rap music is just computerized crap. I listen to 'Top of the Pops' and after three
songs I feel like killing someone.
“You will all be dead is my prediction.”
- George Harrison, Predictions for the Next Millenium: Thoughts on the 1,000 Years Ahead from Today's Celebrities
by David Kristof & Todd Nickerson
If everybody who had a gun just shot themselves, there wouldn't be a problem.
...Instead of penting up emotion or pain, feel it - rather than putting it away for
a rainy day. Why shouldn't we cry? They tell us to stop crying about twelve: 'Be a man.' What the hell's that? Men hurt.
Q: Ringo, why do you get the most fanmail?
Ringo: I don't know. Perhaps it's because more people write to me.
Q: Is the pope due to fly in?
John: No, he has to use a plane these days like everybody else.
...There's about fifty-four wars happening right now, and even if there's a lull in
one of the fifty-four wars they'll show is the re-runs of the Second World War or Pearl Harbor....
Just like a real rock'n'roll band making a record. We had real saxes and real guitars,
real pianos, real drums, real people playing real songs.
- George, about the album 'Cloud Nine'
Make your own dream. That's the Beatles' story, isn't it? I can't cure you. You
can cure you.
I never wanted The Beatles to be has-beens. I wanted to kill the band while it was
You could make a film, just showing how idiotic everyone else was whenever the Beatles
came to town.
It's going to be such an incredible, comical thing in 50
years' time... for people to say, "They broke up 'cos Yoko sat on an amp."
I should have said television is more popular than Jesus; then I might have got away
...Up until then pop groups had been milk and honey with the press: "No, I don't smoke",
that kind of thing. And here we were, smoking and drinking and shouting at them. That's what endeared us
In Liverpool, when Paul came with us to look at all these guitars, he turned the amp up too high and broke
them all. And my mother paid the fee for him. Paul was my mother's favorite Beatle! I was probably her second or third favorite."
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Sometimes, you'll come across a quote, read it, and think, "Well, that ended up being a little off..." - the
same thing applies to a number of Beatle-related quotes.
Of course, it's simple to chuckle about these in hindsight -
but how were these people, back when they said these things, to know?
So keep in mind while you read these that this
is all merely a tongue-in-cheek look at some things that were said... not an admonishment of the people and subject matter!
And now, onto the quotes....
The infamous quote by Aunt Mimi:
"The guitar's alright for a hobby, John, but you'll never earn a living out of it."
Well, as we all know, he did, in fact, make some money with it. ;) But I'm sure Mimi merely wanted
what was best for John.
Oh, Decca, Decca, Decca… did they regret turning The Beatles down?
"Guitar groups are on the way out."
Hmmmm. Actually, they were not.
"It [Beatlemania] won't do anything over here [in America]", wrote The New
York Times pre-February 1964.
Famous last words.
The German press judged this inaccurately as well...
"...When The Beatles are over and forgotten (and that will surely happen soon), psychologists
will still be pondering this Beatle hysteria..." - from "7 Tage", Speyer, Germany, July 4, 1964.
Okay, maybe psychologists are still trying to figure Beatlemania out but, The Beatles,
forgotten? Over 40 years on, it's suffice to say that this isn't the case.
John, at a press conference, once said:
"We'd never start our own label, it's too much trouble."
One word: Apple. So, he was wrong about never starting their own label, but not too far off the
mark with the "too much trouble" bit. ;)