The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 13, 1968

Lennon and McCartney give interviews to US press

As part of their promotional trip to the United States to launch Apple Corps, John Lennon and Paul McCartney conducted a series of interviews for newspaper reporters.

The interviews took place in a suite at the St Regis Hotel, New York City. The media organisations included the New York Times.

Among the reporters was Larry Kane, a Miami-based disc jockey who had been a key supporter of The Beatles since their US invasion in 1964. His interview was filmed in colour, and the footage was eventually released with Kane's book Lennon Revealed.

Kane asked Lennon and McCartney about Apple's business aims, their trip to India, thoughts on LSD, US campus riots and Martin Luther King Jr's assassination. Lennon also talks about The Beatles' touring days in the US, particularly their troubled 1966 appearance in Memphis and their first visit to New York in 1964.

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