Paul McCartney said the misconception that he broke the Beatles persists today and that “the only way” to “save” the band’s music was to sue his former bandmates.
“I was thought to be the guy who broke the Beatles and the b—— who chased his homies. And believe me, I bought into that,” said McCartney, 78, in an extensive interview with Britain’s GQ published on Tuesday. “It was so prevalent that for years I almost blamed myself.”
McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison formed the legendary English rock band in 1960, which broke up a decade later following myriad arguments – one of the main ones being the band’s manager’s differing opinions Allen Klein, according to McCartney.
“The only way for me to save the Beatles and Apple – and get out To recover of Peter Jackson who got us out Anthology and all these great remasters of all the great Beatles records – was to sue the band,” McCartney told British GQ. “If I hadn’t done that, everything would have belonged to Allen Klein. The only way I was given to get out of it was to do what I did.”
McCartney sued the Beatles in 1970 in the High Court of Justice in London. He called for the band’s contractual partnership to be dissolved after the other band members appointed Klein to preside over the Beatles’ financial affairs. McCartney wanted Lee Eastman, the father of his late wife Linda Eastman, to handle the band’s finances instead, according to rolling stonebut he was outvoted.
Apple Corps Limited, which is not affiliated with Apple Inc., the company behind iPhones and iPads, is a multimedia entertainment company founded by the Beatles in 1968. McCartney and Ringo Starr still own the company, along with estates of Lennon and Harrison. The company is one of the producers behind “The Beatles: Come back,“an upcoming documentary about the band directed by Jackson.
The decision to sue his bandmates wasn’t easy and in fact, McCartney said he turned to alcohol to cope. Still, he thought “it was the only thing to do”. He added that suing Klein on his own was not an option and that he was told he would have to sue the band because Klein “wasn’t a party” to the dispute.
“There was no way I was keeping it to myself because there was no way I was working this hard all my life and watching it all go away in a puff of smoke,” McCartney said. “I also knew that if I managed to save it, I would save it for them too. Because they were about to give it away. They loved this Klein guy. And I was like, ‘He’s a f—- — idiot.'”
A judge of the High Court in London has ruled that In favor of McCartney’s action to dissolve the Beatles partnership in 1971 and placed the former Beatles’ financial affairs in receivership until the band worked out mutually agreeable terms for their breakup, but the other Beatles’ relationship with Klein soured soon after. Klein then sued the Beatles himself in 1973 for $19 million after the band decided not to renew their contract and the two sides settled, with Klein receiving around $5 million. according to Billboard.
McCartney said he was hurt by the song “How Do You Sleep?” by John Lennon in 1971, which he interpreted as a punch towards him. He said he felt his contributions to the band were downplayed after the band disbanded. “How do you sleep?” includes the lyrics “the only thing you did was yesterday / And since you’re gone, you’re just another day”, in reference to the 1965 Beatles song “Yesterday”, co-written by McCartney and Lennon, and Another Day”, the first single of McCartney’s solo career, also released in 1971.
After the Beatles broke up, McCartney found success as a solo artist and last Friday he re-released his 1997 album ‘Flaming Pie’, which includes an unreleased acoustic version of “Calico Skies” and other unreleased demos.
He said that now, when he hears a song from his former band, it takes him “on a joyous trip down memory lane”.