Lennon Blamed McCartney For Beatles Break Up

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John Lennon blamed Sir Paul McCartney's hatred of his wife Yoko Ono for the break up of THE Beatles, according to a previously unheard interview with the IMAGINE star recorded in 1970.

In the revealing conversation, which was recorded by Rolling Stone magazine journalist Jann Wenner in the aftermath of The Beatles' split, Lennon reveals he felt compelled to choose between his wife and his bandmates - and he had no regrets about his decision.

Lennon says in the interview, "It seemed that I either had to be married to them or Yoko. I chose Yoko and I was right.

"They despised her. They insulted her and still do... they can go stuff themselves."

Lennon also displays extreme hostility to McCartney's treatment of the rest of the band following the death of their manager Brian Epstein in 1967.

He continues, "Paul took over and supposedly led us. But what is leading us when we went round in circles?

"Paul had the impression we should be thankful for what he did, for keeping The Beatles going. But he kept it going for his own sake. Not for my sake did Paul struggle."

The full interview with be broadcast in the UK by BBC Radio 4 next month (DEC05) to mark the 25th anniversary of Lennon's death.


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This was true at that time, 1970, and particially the reason for the break up of the Beatles. But to put this into perspective it is important to remember that after 1975 all those old wounds were very much well healed. Since John and Paul were very much on friendly terms again, and even Yoko was and still is very much accepted by Paul (and the rest of the Beatles) as John's wife, and widow.I shall of course be listening to the interview on Radio 4, and all the other tributes to the late and great John Lennon.I sincerely hope that Channel 4 has taken notice of the online petition and cancelled the interview with John's murderer. Because that is something I do not want to see, because I will never forgive Chapman.
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John's addiction ot Heroin was responsible for the demise of our beloved band. I think Paul's leadership was out of despiration....SOMEONE had to do it with a clear (or at least clearer) head.
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I don't buy this story. And even if true, it's a two-way street. The Beatles broke up since they were all immensely talented and all had different directions in life. Harrison performed with Lennon with Imagine Sessions, as did Ringo w/ later albums.I'm sure Lennon felt resentful to McCartney as they both were warring artistic comptetitors and perhaps didn't like McCartney's indifference and apathy for social concerns, or at least to the extent that Lennon got involved. He still recognized McCartney's genius for music.It's sad the Beatles broke up, but it's rather frivolous to focus on their enmity instead of their greatness.
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I agree that by the mid 1970s much of the bitterness seemed to be under the bridge. I think the problem with Yoko, however, was just the last straw in an already difficult situation for the Beatles. John had had enough and wanted to do his won thing and Harrison, out o ffrustration, was also looking to strike out on his own. Ringo, I feel, was the kind to just do whatever the rest decided. In the end I think Paul was so keenly aware of how powerful the Beatles as a band were that he tried to hold things together as best he could to keep the magic alive, but their time was just over.
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