Lennon and McCartney give interviews in New York

Q: I’d like to ask you about the Apple Foundation for the Arts.

John Lennon: It’s not for the arts! Who slipped that one on?

Paul McCartney: It’s an easy way to make a film. Say that somebody wants to make a film like Andy Warhol did on the Empire State Building. Most people wouldn’t want to finance it because it wouldn’t be commercial. Well, if you finance it through a foundation, it doesn’t have to be commercial. That’s all it is.

Q: Are you giving away some sort of Beatles scholarships?

Paul McCartney: Yeah, but don’t put it that way! It sounds terrible! We’re just giving them away.

John Lennon: We’ll see what happens.

Paul McCartney: Well, if we give one away to someone, it will be commercial in a way, too. Because, later, that someone will do another film, for us!

Q: Will Apple also be grooming new talent?

John Lennon: We hope so. Groups, actors, anything.

Q: Will you open a school in London?

Paul McCartney: Well, that’s an idea. All we’ve got to do now is to get it set up on its feet. Then, what follows will be a natural progression.

Q: Do you plan to have scouts or representatives go out and look for new groups?

John Lennon: We’ll have to find out how you do it, or how you meant to do it, and if that’s the way you should do it. Then, we’ll find out.

Paul McCartney: So, leave your tapes at the door as you go out!

Q: Is it possible that Apple can do anything about what’s happening in radio?

John Lennon: British radio, huh?

Q: Radio.

John Lennon: Radio, yes.

Paul McCartney: That’s worse!

John Lennon: Radio’s worth looking into, you know. There’s a lot of things to do.

Paul McCartney: At the moment, you know, we do the four things. It hasn’t gone into radio yet, but it might.

Q: Are your records still banned in South Africa?

John Lennon: I believe so. Well, I mean, what do you think of South Africa?

Q: John, do you plan to write any more books?

John Lennon: I’m not planning on it, but I do have bits of paper with words on them.

Q: Do the individual members of the group have specific areas of interest in Apple?

John Lennon: Well, it might develop that way. There’s nothing planned.

Q: Will it be difficult to follow up Sgt Pepper with something better?

Paul McCartney: Yes, it will be difficult all right!

John Lennon: But no more difficult than it was to do.

Paul McCartney: Oh, it’ll be all right, the next one. Don’t worry.

Q: When will the next record be?

Paul McCartney: I don’t know.

John Lennon: We start it when we get back.

Q: How would you describe your mental state right now?

John Lennon: It depends on what you’re relating it to.

Paul McCartney: Relaxed.

Q: Where are you planning to build your new recording studio?

John Lennon: It’ll be in the dungeons of our office.

Q: Who’s designing it?

John Lennon: Alex, from the electronics division.

Q: How many tracks will there be? Eight or 12?

John Lennon: Oh, millions. Millions. One track for each finger.

Q: Why did you choose the name Apple?

John Lennon: Why did you choose the names your kids have got?

Paul McCartney: It’s just a name.

John Lennon: I mean, there’s nothing to it.

Paul McCartney: A is for apple. It’s very simple, you know!

John Lennon: An apple for the teacher.

Q: Will any of the three gentlemen standing next to you control the production money?

John Lennon: They will, sort of, but the final say is with us.

Q: You’ll get the money?

Paul McCartney: Yeah. You see, we don’t know anything about business yet, so they do it, and they’re good at it. All we do is to apply common sense to it.

Last updated: 12 July 2022
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