On 17 June 1967, Life Magazine ran an interview with Paul McCartney in which the Beatle admitted to having taken LSD. The UK press immediately seized upon it, and two days later McCartney gave a statement to Independent Television News (ITN).
The item was broadcast on the ITN evening news, which began at 9pm on 19 June.
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- 2015: Paul McCartney live: Firefly Music Festival, Dover, Delaware
- 2012: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr pay tribute to Victor Spinetti
- 2009: Beatles’ first management contract up for grabs
- 1967: Recording: All You Need Is Love
- 1964: Live: Sydney Stadium, Sydney
- 1964: UK EP release: Long Tall Sally
- 1963: Radio: Easy Beat
- 1963: Derek Taylor interviews Brian Epstein
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
- 1945: John Lennon’s half-sister Victoria is born
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It’s all well and good that Paul was honest in his answer to a news magazine reporter about whether he’d taken LSD. One of the things I always liked about The Beatles is that they were always up front about that they smoked cigarettes and drank liquor whereas other pop acts or idols would always say dumb things like “now kids, remember to drink your milk and eat all your veggies”. But in this instance I think Paul should have just politely said,”none of your business”.