Paul McCartney Claims John Lennon Was Responsible For The Beatles’ Break Up
"That was our Johnny."
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Decades after their split, McCartney has attributed the collapse of the Fab Four to the much-mythologised John Lennon.

Can you imagine a world where The Beatles stayed together? Would they have gone through that semi-electronic phase that we heard on McCartney II, would they still be touring around the world like the Rolling Stones? Who knows. From what has been said in his upcoming BBC Radio 4 interview, it seems like Paul McCartney wouldn’t have minded still being on the road…

When asked about the band’s breakup, which happened in early 1970 but wasn’t made public until April 1970, McCartney stated, “I didn’t instigate the split. That was our Johnny… I am not the person who instigated the split. Oh no, no, no. John walked into a room one day and said I am leaving the Beatles. Is that instigating the split, or not?” He also added: “This was my band, this was my job, this was my life, so I wanted it to continue.”

When asked whether the band’s musical journey would have been longer, had they not broken up, the 79-year-old said, “It could have been. The point of it really was that John was making a new life with Yoko. John had always wanted to sort of break loose from society because, you know, he was brought up by his Aunt Mimi, who was quite repressive, so he was always looking to break loose.”

Director Peter Jackson’s Get Back, a three-part documentary on The Beatles, is due out next month which we’re guessing will further lift the lid on the final months of the Fab Four.

Words by Harry Webber October 11, 2021
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