Paul McCartney to Breakup-Obsessed Beatles Fans: Leave Yoko Alone!
Yoko Ono didn’t break up the Beatles? What?
Next, will they be trying to convince us that David St. Hubbins’ girlfriend, Janine, didn’t break up Spinal Tap?
Yet here is Paul McCartney, in conversation with David Frost, telling fans they need to leave Yoko alone. “She certainly didn’t break the group up; the group was breaking up,” he told Frost in a conversation set to air Nov. 9 on Al Jazeera’s English channel. “”I don’t think you can blame her for anything… When Yoko came along, part of her attraction was her avant-garde side, her view of things, so she showed him another way to be, which was very attractive to him. So it was time for John to leave; he was definitely going to leave…”
For a second there, it kind of sounded like McCartney was saying Ono broke up the band—but just by attracting Lennon to a different aesthetic model, not by sitting around on the floor during the Let It Be sessions.