Paul McCartney sets record straight on who broke up The Beatles: “I didn’t instigate the split”

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The legendary singer-songwriter has been spearheading the band’s split for over 50 years

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Paul McCartney has set the record straight as to who instigated The Beatles’ break-up, claiming that it was actually John Lennon.

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Arguably the most analyzed break-up in rock history, the Fab Four split 50 years ago, prompting McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr to all go their separate ways.

For years it was believed that McCartney was one-sided behind the band’s dissolution in 1970 after a journalist answered a question that claimed the Beatles no longer existed. However, in an upcoming episode of BBC Radio 4’s new interview series This cultural life He claims it is not so.


“I did not provoke partition. That was our Johnny,” he tells interviewer John Wilson (per.) Guardian) “It was my band, it was my job, it was my life, so I wanted to keep it going.”

When asked about his decision to go it alone during the candid chat set to air later this month, McCartney says: “Stop right there. I’m not the person who instigated the split. Oh no, no, No. John walked into a room one day and said, ‘I’m leaving the Beatles’. Is this fueling division or not?”

Paul mccartney. credit: Samir Hussain/WireImage.

McCartney further stated that confusion arose about who actually did the break-up as the group’s new manager, Alan Klein, told the band to keep quiet about the split while they concluded some business deals. did.

“So for a few months we had to pretend,” McCartney tells Wilson. “It was weird because we all knew it was the end of The Beatles but we just couldn’t get away.” Eventually, McCartney, who became unhappy with the secrecy, “kicked the cat out of the bag” because “I was fed up with hiding it”.

Recalling the unpleasant atmosphere at the time, McCartney says: “We were having small meetings around that time and it was terrible. It was the opposite of who we were. We were musicians who weren’t meeting people.”


Paul McCartney and John Lennon. credit: Getty Images

McCartney believes that a split became inevitable because Lennon wanted to “go in a bag and lay in bed in Amsterdam for a week at peace. And you couldn’t argue with that.”

If Lennon had not left The Beatles, his musical journey could have been much longer, agrees McCartney. “It might as well. It really meant that John was building a new life with Yoko,” he says in an upcoming interview series. “John always wanted to be isolated from society because, you know, he was raised by his Aunt Mimi, who was pretty oppressive, so he always wanted to let loose.”

McCartney’s this cultural life The interview airs on 23 October, followed by his biography Song: 1956 To The PresentWhich is ready for release on November 2.

Next month, Peter Jackson will release his Disney+ Beatles documentary, The Beatles: Get Back. The film will focus on the production of “Let It Be” and their final concert as a band, performed entirely on the Saville Row rooftop in London.

Disney+ has confirmed that the documentary will arrive in three separate parts on November 25, 26 and 27. Each episode is approximately two hours long.

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