For years it was the Black Sheep who blamed him for the end of The Beatles. But Paul McCartney is changing that now. “It was John who wanted to break up,” he says in an interview to be broadcast next month.
Jay StevensSource: Watchman
Dozens of books have been written about the end of the Beatles. With the always central question: Why on earth did the legendary band disbanded from Liverpool in 1970, after irrevocably changing the music world? It wasn’t Ringo Starr, nor George Harrison nor John Lennon who got the Lions for it, but Paul McCartney. Several music historians have said that he could have been the man who separated the band and eventually pulled the plug. Legend has it that McCartney made this decision on his own when responding to a reporter’s question that the Beatles no longer existed. He was also criticized for later appointing lawyers to resolve disputes between group members.
McCartney has finally responded to it, and it’s shedding a whole different light on the end of The Beatles. “I didn’t start that split,” McCartney said in an extended interview that will air later this month. This was Johnny (John Lennon, NVDR). One day he went up to the studio and said he was going to get off the set. Is this the beginning of the split or not? “
McCartney said Lennon described the decision as “fairly difficult” and “like a divorce.” It was the other group members who had to arrange everything else, it still seemed. The manager who just joined, Allen Klein, has asked everyone to keep quiet about the split so he can strike more business deals. “So we had to pretend for a few months. It was so weird because we knew it was over but we couldn’t really stop.” In the end, McCartney said it himself in that famous interview “because I’m tired of hiding it.”
The guitarist, who has also had great success solo and with wings after the Beatles and will turn 80 next summer, describes that period as the most difficult period of his life. “I wanted the band to continue, especially since we were only eight years old and still making good music. Abbey Road, it’s not all bad… This was my group, my job, my life. So I wanted to continue.”
So it was John Lennon who decided to leave the Beatles. Had he not done so, according to McCartney, a “beautiful musical journey” would have surely followed. But Jun was creating a new life with Yoko. Jun has always had the desire to tear himself away from society. She was raised by his aunt Mimi, who was very oppressive, so he always wanted to escape.
McCartney says people have blamed him for all these decades. “I had to live with that, because that’s what people saw. I can only say no.”
full interview on BBC Radio 4 It will be broadcast on October 23.