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All these friends and lovers... (Interviews with those who knew them)
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Cripes it's almost the 50th anniversary of Roof Top! I could have sworn last year we were celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first Ed Sullivan appearance!!!

  

*panics* when is that??

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TheWalrusWasBrian said

AppleScruffJunior said

Cripes it's almost the 50th anniversary of Roof Top! I could have sworn last year we were celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first Ed Sullivan appearance!!!

  

*panics* when is that??

  

30th of January

 

Woah... there's a distinct possibilty I could reach the rooftop (5000 posts) on the 50th anniversary. How cool would that be? There might be a posting spree over the next couple of daysa-hard-days-night-george-10

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New interview with Michael Lindsay-Hogg mainly about the rooftop. Has some interesting observations on it. I liked this comment on the suggestion to play on the roof:

The Beatles sort of pawed at the idea. If you gave them an idea, it was like throwing meat into a lion's cage — they'd sniff and paw at it and throw it at each other, then that piece of meat came back in the end, but was different from what you put in the cage.

And he has this to say on a re-release of the film:

You'd have to ask Apple about that, but I'm pretty sure something will be happening for a variety of reasons I can't go into at the moment. It's kind of something we've all been talking about for quite a while and has gone through several iterations, but I think probably in the next 18 months, it will come out again in some form, or altered form, because people have weirdly been calling for it [to be re-released] for some time.

Something is definitely in the pipeline for the 50th Anniversary of the film. I will reveal more in the thread about if Let It Be  will be re-released.

X-posted to the Rooftop Concert thread.

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 Oops! I just noticed I missed doing the link to the actual interview... now corrected.

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Interview with Barry Miles

“Paul said that on a number of occasions they’d be in the middle of an argument and John would just pull his little granny glasses down the end of his nose, look over the top and say, ‘It’s only me’ and then go back to shouting and blinding and swearing.”

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8Hence my bio 😉

I love that story. It's so John.

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New interview with photographer Ethan Russell, who talks about his involvement with the Beatles, Stones and Who.

He took the last photographs of the four together on the 22 August 1969...

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...the concept of the Beatles just didn't sync with who they were any more. I could have asked them to smile, but it would have been totally fake and I'm glad I didn't. This marriage had come to an end – and boy does it show.

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So that's not them being "arty" ahdn_george_01

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On the third day of Innes we have Neil and the Bonzos discussing the influence of the Beatles and their appearance in MMT, and Neil on the Rutles:

I love the story about Galaxie 500's cover of Cheese and Onions, and Sony refusing Neil his songwriting credit because it was written by Lennon/McCartney.

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An interview with James Taylor that includes his thoughts on his time at Apple...

I was a bad influence to be around the Beatles at that time...

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Not exactly an interview but rather an article. However, I reckon it works in this thread.

Following John's murder, Billboard scrambled into action to cover the story in depth in its 20 December issue. On its staff at the time was Dave Dexter Jr., who'd moved into journalism after leaving Capitol in the mid-70s. Since he'd known John it seemed logical to have him write a personal reflection. While it may have been logical, what wasn't was printing it when Dave turned in his copy.

NOBODY'S PERFECT

Lennon's Ego & Intransigence Irritated Those Who Knew Him

by Dave Dexter Jr.

LOS ANGELES – No pop artist since the early 1960s was more musically gifted than John Lennon .

And of the four Beatles, Lennon was – among those in the industry who worked with him – the most disliked.

His ebullient songwriting partner, Paul McCartney , was Lennon's equal musically and, in retrospect, as responsible for the Beatles' astonishing success as was Lennon. But the two were destined to clash from their early days in Hamburg and by the end of the 1960s decade the conflict was obvious.

And so the Beatles died.

When Capitol Records released "I Want To Hold Your Hand " Dec. 26, 1963, the group's first records (issued in the U.S. on the Vee Jay and Swan labels) had already failed. Capitol had rejected the six tracks and EMI London had placed them with Vee Jay and Swan in an effort to score in the American market as the Beatles were succeeding in England.

But "Hand" was a bell- ringer from its opening four bars. By New Year's day 1964, Capitol's production chief Dave Lawhon had every Capitol press and presses owned by RCA and a couple of independents working an unprecedented 24-hour schedule to meet the demand. Sales topped one million 10 days after "Hand" was released. The disk sold itself. Only minimal promotion was employed.

The Beatles suddenly were the most spectacular act in history, exceeding Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and even Bing Crosby when he broke through in the '30s.

Within the Capitol Tower, several of us hustled to rush a Beatles LP into the stores. When enough tapes arrived from England we spent hours adjusting the British Parlophone equalization and adding reverb to conform to Capitol's standards.

Lennon and McCartney, from a hotel room in Miami where they were resting up at the time of their first U.S. visit to appear on the Ed Sullivan CBS -TV program in early '64, telephoned me to praise the "fabulous" sound Capitol's engineers had achieved on the American releases.

But all that euphoria changed swiftly.

Lennon advised Capitol's management that he didn't care for the album covers Captiol was devising. Lennon didn't like the back covers, either. Nor did he approve the sounds of the Beatles tapes issued by Capitol, an abrupt 180-degree turnaround from his previous praise of Capitol's eq and reverb adjustments.

McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr did not complain. Only Lennon.

And when Capitol's president, Alan W. Livingston, hosted a cocktail party for the Liverpudlians in 1964, when they were appearing in concert at the Hollywood Bowl, 25 or 30 well-dressed, well-mannered little children, all neighbors of Livingston in Beverly Hills, stood outside Livingston's property patiently, occasionally shouting for the Beatles to come to the window and be seen.

I asked Lennon, who was standing nearest the window facing the children, to move over a few feet and yell a "hello."

"Why those bloody little bastards," Lennon arrogantly replied, "they try to interfere with us constantly, try to deprive us of our privacy. We've had it with 'em, mate."

It was an unthinkably rude response. But Ringo and Paul obliged the children.

Lennon became more intransigent as the Beatles successes pyramided. He demanded a different manager than the others after Brian Epstein died. He differed with his three colleagues violently in the operation of their disastrous Apple label. And it was Lennon who bitched the loudest about my choice of songs to be included in the group's Capitol albums. Nothing we did at Capitol appeased him.

One can look back now and charitably conclude that the privations he suffered as a child, growing up without his mother and father, may have shaped him into the adult he became. His abnormal childhood made him an abnormal adult.

But for all the difficulties those who were associated with him experienced, Lennon will be remembered well for his musical contributions. Unlike himself, there was nothing eccentric or unlikable about John's artistry. And that's what all of us will remember.

The response was complaints and sponsors threatening to boycott, and in the next issue (27 December) an editorial apologising for any offence caused, while among the letters to the editor were letters from Sal Licata (President of Chrysalis Records), Allan H. Steckler (who worked for ABKCO Industries Inc.), and Steve Hoffman (mastering engineer who was working for MCA at the time), all critical of Dexter's comments on John.

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An interview with Pete Best by The Irish Times that was meant to trail a now cancelled gig in Dublin next weekend.

I liked his response when asked if he could forgive Paul, the only one still alive involved in his sacking:

I've nothing to forgive him about ... they made a decision as young men which was safeguarding their future. Okay, it could have been handled better. I was the fall guy for it, I suffered, but I'm not holding them to task over it. If I'd have been in the same situation and I was another member of the band, maybe I'd have been one of the bad guys.

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Three interviews with Klaus.

First off speaking to Paul Morley for The Guardian in 2009, promoting A Sideman's Journey but mainly talking Beatles:

A 2016 interview about his book on Revolver  and more:

An appearance at the 2017 New York Beatlesfest (the interviewer/host is way too loud!) largely talking about Hamburg:

And an interview with Astrid for NPR's Fresh Air circa 2010:

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I was expecting 4 minute clips, RN 😉 . If you want I can do summaries of important or funny stories in each of them? Klaus, bless his heart, speaks very clearly so he's quite accessible in that way.

 

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That would be good, @AppleScruffJunior. Especially if there's anything unexpected in them.

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Okey dokey I've listened to the first one. It's from 2006, so quite an old one. Not a lot of new stuff, he just tells the story about hearing them for the first time and the rest is just general chit-chat nothing overly interesting.

 

The highlights:

The interviewer said "Richard Starr" in the beginning, so close, yet so far.

 

Klaus wouldn't want to go to Woodstock because of all the noise and crowds.

He can't remember when he first met Yoko but it was probably in an EMI studio. He thinks Yoko is very funny and enthusiastic, creative and can get as excited as a kid on Christmas Day sometimes. She also is fearless when she's performing.

He talks a little about Paul's divorce from Heather Mills and said he doesn't listen to the press but to Paul only. He says that it's horrible for Paul (the divorce) as Paul doesn't like to be alone. 

His contact with The Beatles and everyone in that circle is difficult. He lives in Germany, they each have their own lives but they're still friends. Klaus lives a nice, quiet life and they have private jets 😉 

His two favourite drummers are Ringo and Jim Keltner.

 

It's very cute he forgets the German words for some things just says the English and then it comes to him after a few seconds- 'bristles' and 'stage fright'.

 

That's all really, bit of a disappointment if you want something juicy.

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