It is and will remain an endless question, a wound that even today, that the Beatles no longer exist for 50 years and that half of the members are no longer on this Earth (John Lennon was killed in 1980 and George Harrison died in 2001), thus decreeing the end of the dream to see them together again, it takes time to heal.

The Beatles for millions of incurable fans, who grew up with their songs and felt young and rebellious, they continue to be a matter of the heart, even more than the head. Therefore the modality and even the brutality with which the band broke up in the midst of world success but also of creativity, signing a timeless masterpiece such as “Let It Be”, continues to be a debated issue.

Paul McCartney I study to be “the culprit”

But now it seems that Paul McCartney has decided once and for all to put an end to the gossip and ambiguity also because he has always found himself in the awkward position of the suspect, the culprit. And so in an interview with the BBC, which will be broadcast on Radio 4 next October 23, anticipated by L’Observer, Paul declared that “it was Lennon who wanted to dissolve the Beatles, not me”.

And who knows how much it must have cost him to say it with the strength and desperation of someone who has not been believed in so many years. “I wasn’t the one who instigated the split. That was our Johnny,” said Paul, recalling what he called “the hardest time of my life.”

“One day John walked into the room”: the revelation

McCartney wanted the band to stick together, especially as eight years after their birth in Liverpool in 1960 they were still making “pretty good stuff”, like “Abbey Road” and “Let It Be”. And he explains again: “It was my band, it was my job, it was my life, so I wanted it to continue.” And to clear himself once and for all, he added: “I’m not the person who instigated the split. Eh no, no, no. One day John walked into a room and said “I’m leaving the Beatles”. And this would be the incitement to split? “. A very heavy burden that McCartney has been carrying on his shoulders ever since and of which these words reveal the pain:” I had to live with it because that was what people saw. All I could do was say no. “

Will it be believed by diehards? Will this statement put an end to the matter once and for all? We are sure not, also because the 12 October worldwide the book “The Beatles – Get Back” is released (Mondadori), 240 pages with the literal transcription of the 120 hours of behind-the-scenes recording of the band’s last period. A painstaking work that faithfully reconstructs the three weeks of recording, culminating in the famous concert on the roof of Apple Studios, the last of the band. This is the second official Beatles book, following the international bestseller “The Beatles Anthology”, and is a special and essential addition to the three-episode documentary, “THE BEATLES: GET BACK”, edited by Peter Jackson, which will be available exclusively on Disney + on 25, 26 and 27 November 2021.

These recording sessions, those three weeks of January 1969, from which the album was born Let It Be and the film released in May 1970 represent the only moment in the Beatles’ entire career in which the four were filmed extensively while in a studio creating and recording music. Their conversations were recorded and at the same time they were photographed in unique and unrepeatable situations. There is no doubt that each of us seeing Peter Jackson’s film today will come up with his own idea. And he will believe what he wants to understand and see.

Cinzia Marongiu

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