Re: Yoko Took The Fall for Breakup
Posted by **Beatles Fan Robert** on Aug 22, 2017 at 1:52:13 PM:
In Reply to: Re: Yoko Took The Fall for Breakup posted by **imaginer** on Aug 22, 2017 at 1:11:21 PM:
**There is a lot of mythology as to why the Beatles broke up.
**Each developing his own style and preference.
**George's frustration at continuing to be treated as the 2 tracks an album junior at a time when he was cranking out songs as good or better than many of the Lennnon/McCartney ones.
**Lennon's growing drug addiction and personality changes.
**Paul's (not really true, more Lennon's increasing passiveness post-Pepper).
**Front and center was the widely held belief that Yoko's growing prescense in John's life was fragmenting the allegiance of the group among each other, disturbing their chemistry.
**Truth was they had grown up and were tired of all the adoration, nothing was left to conquer. The pressures of being #1 for so many years, being under a microscope, different temperaments, etc. Brian's death, the emergence of Alan Klein, their individual marriages. Each now had his own life. They were no longer wed to each other.
**So I contend that Yoko was almost an after thought. True, she was the only Beatles wife invited to recording sessions.
**But was that so bad?
**And as far as non-Beatles being invited in, there was Eric Clapton (White Album) and Billy Preston (Get Back/Let It Be).
**In a way she took the blame for decades. Not helped by the icy reception she received from the media (I don't know how each fellow Beatle regarded it, nor to I want to conjecture).
**Just my rambling thoughts.
*Most problems could have been worked out but John's anger with Paul could not be. He felt Paul showed disrespect to Yoko and that was not acceptable. For example, he said Paul would glare at Yoko while he was singing Get Back to where you once belonged, Their friendship was definitely over when John announced he was leaving the band. Paul talked him into not announcing it yet and then turned around and announce he was leaving as a promotional gimmick, for his first solo album. The rift between John and Paul kept any possibility of a reunion from ever happening.
*Interestingly, Paul said recently that Yoko was NOT the cause of the break=up.
Time heals old wounds. What's it been, five decades? Of course he has forgiven. But I am not sure there ever was much animosity. I think most of the anger was from fans who needed a rationality as to why their idols broke up.
As for Paul and the rest, the Allen Klein debacle did not help matters. The two of them (Lennon and Harrison) send Ringo as an emissary to request that Paul delay the release of the solo album, so as not to hurt sales of the soon to be released Let It Be (Get Back). It didn't work.
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