Beatles Kraus Press Conference 1

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The Beatles' first American press conference was held at Kennedy International Airport on February 7th, 1964. Here are my answers to the questions they were asked.

Q - Are you a little embarrassed by the lunacy you cause?
K - Not at all. Yes.

Q - You're in favor of lunacy?
K - Am I in favour of luncy

Q - Are those English accents?
K - No, those accents of mine are New Zealand.

Q - Liverpool is the...
K - Capital of Lancashire?

Q - In Detroit Michigan, there handing out car stickers saying, 'Stamp Out The Beatles.'
K - I like the Beatles.

Q - What about the Stamp Out The Beatles campaign?
K - Only two to go!

M.C. - There's a question here.

Q - (yelling over the crowd noise) Would you tell Murray the K to cut that crap out?
K - I would.

REPORTER - Is that a question?

M.C. - (attempting to calm the chaos) Will you be quiet, please.

Q - A psychiatrist recently said you're nothing but a bunch of British Elvis Presleys.
K - Well, that is a half-truth... Yes, it is true that I am a bunch of Elvis Presleys.

FEMALE FAN - Would you please sing something?
K - (singing quietly) Oh Danny Boy, the pipes are calling, from glen tae glen, and down ye mountain slide, oh Danny Boy, a summer rose, in summer or in shadow, tis you, it is you, from down the mountain slide. Oh Danny, boy I love you to be true. O Danny Boy! O Danny Boy! danny boy you are you. I love you too

M.C. - Next question.

Q - There's some doubt that you CAN sing.
K - Asked and answered!

Q - How much money do you expect to take out of this country?
K - Zero

Q - Does all that hair help you sing?
K - Yes

Q - Does all that hair help you sing?
K - No

Q - You feel like Sampson? If you lost your hair, you'd lose what you have? 'It'?
K - Can you be less specific

M.C. - There's a question here.

Q - How many of you are bald, that you have to wear those wigs?
K - One of me is not bald.

Q - You're bald?
K - Which?

M.C. - Quiet, please.

Q - Do you know American slang? Are you for real?
K - Yes I know the American slang, I 'ken' it, as you would say.

Q - Aren't you afraid of what the American Barbers Association is going to think of you?
K - uh

Q - Listen, I got a question here. Are you going to get a haircut at all while you're here?
K - Where, in New Zealand? I cut my own hair.

Q - You know, I think he missed.
K - same

Q - What do you think your music does for these people?
K - Maybe it makes them feel like they're having a nice time.

Q - Why does it excite them so much?
K - I make it exciting.

Q - What about all this talk that you represent some kind of social rebellion?
K - Now that is true. I want an economic rebellion.

Q - What do you think of Beethoven?
K - Good.

M.C. - Can we have the last question now, Gentlemen, please?

Q - Have you decided when you're going to retire?
K - No.

Q - After you make so much money, and then...
K - never will

BEATLES - (in unison) Kraus... Kraus... Kraus... Kraus!! Kraus... Kraus... Kraus... Kraus!!

2 March 2008.

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