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Press conference: Astor Tower Hotel, Chicago

The day after their arrival in America for their final US tour, The Beatles held a second press conference at the Astor Tower Hotel, Chicago. Inevitably it was dominated with questions about John Lennon's comments that The Beatles' were "more popular than Jesus". Read more »

Datebook republishes John Lennon’s ‘Jesus’ comments

Setting off a chain of events that would culminate in public bonfires of The Beatles' records and a public backlash that at times made the group fearful for their lives, the US teen magazine Datebook on this day republished John Lennon's remarks that "The Beatles are more popular than Jesus". Read more »

John Lennon: “We’re more popular than Jesus”

The following article was published in the London Evening Standard newspaper on 4 March 1966. A fascinating portrait of John Lennon's home life, it was written by Maureen Cleave, a close friend to The Beatles.

The piece was headlined "How does a Beatle live? John Lennon lives like this". It grew notorious in later months when Lennon's comments about Christianity - "We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first - rock 'n' roll or Christianity" - were republished around the world. Read more »