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Re: Yoko Took The Fall for Breakup

Posted by **Beatles Fan Robert** on Aug 30, 2017 at 12:14:55 PM:
In Reply to: Re: Yoko Took The Fall for Breakup posted by **imaginer** on Aug 29, 2017 at 10:31:38 PM:

*****There is a lot of mythology as to why the Beatles broke up.
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*****Internal rifts.
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*****Each developing his own style and preference.
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*****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.
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*****Lennon's growing drug addiction and personality changes.
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*****Paul's (not really true, more Lennon's increasing passiveness post-Pepper).
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*****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.
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*****Not true.
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*****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.
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*****So I contend that Yoko was almost an after thought. True, she was the only Beatles wife invited to recording sessions.
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*****But was that so bad?
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*****And as far as non-Beatles being invited in, there was Eric Clapton (White Album) and Billy Preston (Get Back/Let It Be).
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*****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).
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*****Just my rambling thoughts.
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****They broke up because they quite simply "grew up" ..they married and started living their lives individually instead of being crammed into countless hotel rooms, cars, trains and planes.
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****Yoko had nothing to do with their breakup even Paul admits that
****now and John's appearance on Dick Cavett's show years ago also confirmed it. It got to be too much like work and they weren't enjoying themselves anymore, hence the invites into the studio
****like Eric Clapton and Billy Preston. When they had an outsider
****around, they were cordial and everything was cool. As john put
****it, it was a "slow death".
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***But you find other brit-pop groups that stuck together much longer. The Who until Moon died - Led Zepplin until John Bonham. Mamas and Papas until Cass left and John Phillips died
***Doors until Morrison kicked the bucket.
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***The Stones were the exception, carrying on well after Brian was booted out and died, although their heyday to me was mid-sixties to early seventies, my preference being 64-69. The last incarnation was very inferior, or to me since Wyman left.
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***But what the heck, John was the first to leave and then had a fit when Paul announced that he was, and was dissolving the Beatles. So go figure.
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**Rumor has it the Rolling Stones will be embarking on their
**"Wheelchair Tour" later this year. LOL
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**Something alot of people don't stop and think about is that the
**Beatles were together alot longer than people realize. For them
**it didn't take a death of a band member to break up..it was became they felt they were getting stagnated and it wasn't fun anymore. It became like going to a mundane job.
**They each had successful solo careers as a result. I don't think
**the Stones would survive if they broke apart and did solo careers (which is probably the reason they've stuck together all these years).
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*The Stones have all had solo projects and then come back together for band projects. I wish The Beatles could have done that.
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I think they would have, at least based on what I have read about Lennon. I recollect that is why he was so enraged when McCartney announced that they were through.

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