Paul McCartney Says “The Beatles: Get Back” Changed His Perception of the Band’s Breakup

McCartney says the Peter Jackson docuseries made him realize he's not to blame for the group's split

Paul McCartney speaks onstage during the 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on October 30, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. The former Beatle says a new documentary has made him change his perception on his old band's breakup.
Paul McCartney at the 2021 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony
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We’re just a little over a week away from the premiere of Peter Jackson’s highly anticipated docuseries The Beatles: Get Back, and while most of us will have to wait to see it, at least one of its subjects already has: in a new interview with The Sunday Times, Paul McCartney shared his opinions on the documentary and revealed how it changed his long-held beliefs about the Beatles’ breakup.

“I’ll tell you what is really fabulous about it, it shows the four of us having a ball,” McCartney told the publication. “It was so reaffirming for me. That was one of the important things about The Beatles, we could make each other laugh.”

“John and I are in this footage doing ‘Two Of Us’ and, for some reason, we’ve decided to do it like ventriloquists,” he continued. “It’s hilarious. It just proves to me that my main memory of the Beatles was the joy and the skill.”

After being asked whether the footage changed his perception about the group’s split (and the role he played in it), McCartney responded, “Really yes. And there is proof in the footage. Because I definitely bought into the dark side of The Beatles breaking up and thought, ‘God, I’m to blame.’ It’s easy, when the climate is going that way, to think that. But at the back of my mind there was this idea that it wasn’t like that. I just needed to see proof.”

The former Beatle also hinted that had Lennon not been murdered in 1980, the pair might have reunited at some point and collaborated again.

“We could have,” McCartney said. “And I often now will think, if writing a song, ‘OK, John, I’ll toss it over to you. What line comes next?’ So I’ve got a virtual John that I can use.”

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