Lennon Tapes Reveal Beatles Bickering

Secrets behind the Beatles' split are about to be unveiled, thanks to unearthed interviews with an angry John Lennon.

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Secrets behind the Beatles' split are about to be unveiled, thanks to unearthed interviews with an angry John Lennon.

The Imagine singer sat down with Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner shortly after the Fab Four parted ways and revealed a few home truths about the real reasons behind the split - something the four former Beatles have rarely spoken about.

The 1970 tapes have been released to US TV news show Entertainment Tonight, which aired Lennon's comments on Wednesday.

Lennon can be heard telling Wenner, "We sold out... and I felt sick."

He also takes aim at longtime songwriting partner Paul McCartney, stating, "We got fed up with being sidemen for Paul."

Lennon suggests the Beatles break-up was a long time coming and the "music died" when they first hit the big time in the early 1960s, adding, "That's why we never improved."

And he was less than happy when his bandmates disrespected and "insulted" his wife Yoko Ono, adding, "They despised her... It seemed I had to be happily married to them or Yoko - and I chose Yoko."

Lennon goes so far as to suggest that the Beatles' most peaceful member, George Harrison, was the one who really drove wedge between Lennon and the band over his treatment of Ono.

He states, "George insulted her right to her face and I didn't hit him, I don't know why. Ringo (Starr) was alright but the other two really gave it to us. I'll never forgive 'em."

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    sds5000
    -NOFX- wrote: Right-Wing Dick wrote: Say you're in a band then all of a sudden your rhythm guitar player wants to bring his girlfriend to every rehearsal and recording session. Would you be pissed? Probably. To get perspective on Yoko, I suggest going to Youtube and finding the gig where John and Yoko play with Frank Zappa. After seeing it, I'd bet you'd insult her to her face too. Maybe even throw a punch.Wow, thank you for enlightening me. That video was painful to listen to.
    Seriously. What the Fuck was up with that. If i were george i wouldnt have put up with that crap
    Altered_Carbon
    Heard most of this already. He was angry at the time, he clearly wasn't thinking straight (Never improved?)...Whatever man, it's ancient history.
    BassFishin
    landspeed24 wrote: cant we just enjoy the music and forget about the negativity?
    I'm glad somebody said it.
    placebic
    Of course, no one states just how much happiness Lennon found inside his warm gun, at this time... If he'd go about insulting the dear people who got him to where he was in the first place, than its obvious something -else- had been getting at him, you dig? So yeah, its no wonder why these tapes weren't exactly heard much of until now; now they're just going to minipulate the crap out of him, without really stating most of the facts worth considering first.
    bucssharktooth wrote: Second of all John Lennon alienated himself from the Beatles...
    pretty much.
    John Lennon insisted that she come to all of their recording sessions...
    Its a bit of a junkie thing - even if its who he wasn't SUPPOSE to be around when he's got a wife and all, junkies tend to keep the things and people they love close to them as much as possible. With Lennon having to always keep her as close to him as possible much like his habits was pretty much, sadly, living proof of this. He wasn't exactly in the right state of mine with all this, so these tapes are pretty damn bullshit. I doubt he was in his best state around the time that "interview" had been done.
    landspeed24 wrote: cant we just enjoy the music and forget about the negativity?
    again,
    landspeed24 wrote: cant we just enjoy the music and forget about the negativity?
    let it be, for real.
    Cheesepuff
    but can you imagine what music John Lennon had playing in his mind when he said "That's why we never improved."?
    Cheesepuff
    the music died when they got big? But they got sooooo much better when they hit it big...
    bucssharktooth
    Orion999 wrote: John Lennon had brilliance but was also a pompous jerk for all is supposed "acceptance." I'm tired of hearing people whine about selling out simply because they became popular, when said popularity is the only reason their music was able to have any impact at all. We here have confirmed for us what was known all along, Lenon was a cry-baby, and Ono was and is a monstrosity.
    I agree with this 100%! Well said!
    bucssharktooth
    This is my take on everything. First of all regardless of how everything played out we are blessed to have the music of the Beatles. The music they made was so beautiful. Second of all John Lennon alienated himself from the Beatles. Yoko Ono is the anti-christ, she had no talent! John Lennon insisted that she come to all of their recording sessions, and when you have a talentless person with a huge ego, it's going to piss off people with true talent (Harrison, McCartney). Harrison never was given enough credit, and I'm sure Yoko bossing him around pissed him off even more. What makes me most angry is that John Lennon, George Harrison, and McCartney all made beautiful music but Yoko drove them apart. As far as Paul McCartney being overbearing, he did it for the band. John Lennon did Yoko Ono for his own selfishness (cheated on his wife, abandonded son Julian) for this dirty woman. As far as I'm concerned Yoko Ono was sent directly from hell to ruin something beautiful, but thankfully we still have beautiful music. To those of you that said that the beatles are overrated....I didn't know that they let mentally retarded people use computers.
    joshw17
    Yeah,this is pretty much a non-story. But that Ringo... What a cool guy. Underappreciated, too.
    -NOFX-
    Right-Wing Dick wrote: Say you're in a band then all of a sudden your rhythm guitar player wants to bring his girlfriend to every rehearsal and recording session. Would you be pissed? Probably. To get perspective on Yoko, I suggest going to Youtube and finding the gig where John and Yoko play with Frank Zappa. After seeing it, I'd bet you'd insult her to her face too. Maybe even throw a punch.
    Wow, thank you for enlightening me. That video was painful to listen to.
    littlecallen
    littlecallen wrote: Im really surprised. You can especially hear it in the later years in the music. Why do you think there are two versions of revolution. Most of the time it has to deal with an artistic difference anyway. George attacking yoko though, interesting.
    I correct myself, not really surprised.
    yus_yus_13
    These articles don't really "bring much to the table". It's just yet another incident of Lennon talking out of his ass, not too say that wasn't expected of any of the Beatles, they had just broken up. Of course they're going to be bickering. The Beatles are not overrated just because they have legions of fans who love their music. They earned their fans by not only releasing classic album after classic album, but also by developing and changing their sound tremendously, which most bands (especially of their time) can't manage at all, not to mention doing so over a relatively short period of time. People don't seem to realize that they were a band of the 60's, not the new millennium. Music was very limited back then, and in this sense the Beatles broke huge barriers
    Right-Wing Dick
    the starchild wrote: is it just me or has everyone forgotten about the music and just focus on the turmoil within the band members? i dunno if they are the most overrated, but they are def up there. but i guess for their time they were a spectacle.
    The Beatles are overrated according to an obvious KISS fan. Yikes.
    Right-Wing Dick
    Say you're in a band then all of a sudden your rhythm guitar player wants to bring his girlfriend to every rehearsal and recording session. Would you be pissed? Probably. To get perspective on Yoko, I suggest going to Youtube and finding the gig where John and Yoko play with Frank Zappa. After seeing it, I'd bet you'd insult her to her face too. Maybe even throw a punch.
    jrcsgtpeppers
    Macabre_Turtle wrote: badassasaurus wrote: first. This will be interestign to watch I hope this wasn't to imply that you think this is a developing story, because if so.... wow... badfish2829 wrote: Ringo (Starr) was alright but the other two really gave it to us. I like how they put "Starr" in parenthesis. This way we can't confuse him with the MANY other Ringo's out there. It's because Starr isn't really his name.
    Neither in ringo my good friend. I actually lol'ed at that comment. ^what most overrated?!?! They are the most talented band I have ever heard of. I mean, listen to the white album. There is no way that you can not admit that they had some serious talent.
    the starchild
    is it just me or has everyone forgotten about the music and just focus on the turmoil within the band members? i dunno if they are the most overrated, but they are def up there. but i guess for their time they were a spectacle.
    BobMarleysGhost
    "Ringo (Starr) was alright but the other two really gave it to us"
    Wait, so the drummer was the only one in the band who was acting rationally? Clearly something had gone wrong.
    imbra
    The Beatles are the most overrated band in the entire universe.
    I fully agree. And no, I am not a 14 year old who only ever heard of Fall Out Boy. Although very often I wish I was
    Orion999
    John Lennon had brilliance but was also a pompous jerk for all is supposed "acceptance." I'm tired of hearing people whine about selling out simply because they became popular, when said popularity is the only reason their music was able to have any impact at all. We here have confirmed for us what was known all along, Lenon was a cry-baby, and Ono was and is a monstrosity.
    Gabel
    I think this is something we shouldn't dig too deep into. This was shortly after The Beatles split. When people are angry they let their emotions decide and The Beatles had such a rough end that it's not hard for John to say everything went downhill from the start, because as things were then for him, it was sh*t.
    littlecallen
    Im really surprised. You can especially hear it in the later years in the music. Why do you think there are two versions of revolution. Most of the time it has to deal with an artistic difference anyway. George attacking yoko though, interesting.
    The Cheat
    Nearly everything in this interview is bullshit. The Beatles didn't break up because of selling out or the others not liking Yoko. The Beatles broke up because John and Paul both had very huge egos. The two couldn't get along well, but by no means were they "Paul's sidemen". I very highly doubt Ringo and George got involved, either. Ringo is just to happy-go-lucky for that kind of behavior, and George was the quiet, peaceful one of the group. George and Ringo were most likely trying to keep the band together, if anything. What had happen was, that Paul was writing very great songs toward the end of their career (the most iconic, and possibly their most well known song being, Let It Be), and John got jealous. In addition to the fact that John and Paul really never got along during their "studio era", lead to the band's break up. No doubt these responses was driven by anger and jealousy.
    RokkGuitarist50
    the beatles were an amazing band that put out countless classics, but like everything, all good things come to an end. why does it seem that people want to emphasize all the controversy rather than respect and acknowledge the catalogue of ledgendary music that ultimately changed music as they knew it to how it evolved post beatles? cmon people. also, this was done immediately following the breakup, so, obviously tensions will be high.
    The Cheat
    hackahobo wrote: Add to the fact that they never gave George a chance to really show what he could do and have a say in the band (despite him being the most consistent 'best' songwriter)
    THANK YOU! Someone actually agrees that George was a great song writer! He was essential to their sound in the early days, and wrote some of their greatest songs in the studio years!!!
    LaBelle923
    Zimwibwe wrote: The headline should read "Lennon tape reveals what we already knew"
    Very true.
    mcshane90
    TheIceCreamMan wrote: Didn't Harrison play on Plastic Ono Band?
    He recorded soOOooOOo many songs with them
    playinbass1432
    Cheesepuff wrote: In a span of 10 years, they invented rock music.
    I actually thought you'd change my mind about the Beatles until I read this.
    zAg1619
    Wow, A band that bickered!!! I never thought bands bickered at all! This is just mindblowing to me..
    belavista man
    dannyloughran wrote: who are the beatles?
    Very funny. And yeah.. Since when did The Beatles NOT bicker?
    JustAddBeer
    badfish2829 wrote: Ringo (Starr) was alright but the other two really gave it to us. I like how they put "Starr" in parenthesis. This way we can't confuse him with the MANY other Ringo's out there.
    Actually, it's in parenthesis because he didn't say Ringo Starr, he just adressed him as Ringo. It's what people do when they show written interviews or articles just to make sure everyone is thinking of the same person.
    Cheesepuff
    I hate that people think that the Beatles are overrated. In the 60's, even the poppy music they started with was new and original. In a span of 10 years, they invented rock music. They are the 1st band be all equals (not John Lennon and the Beatles.. just the Beatles). The 1st band with self contained songwriting. And they inspired every other classic rock band of the day (EVERY SINGLE ONE). And from the bands they inspired, more bands get inspired from those bands... So without them, we'd all be stuck listening to lil wayne or something. The Beatles are not overrated. They deserve all the godly praise they get.
    TheEsupremacy
    I'll be the one to admit, I never did care for the Beatles. I truely believe they may be the most overrated band of all time. U2 being second.
    Matt-92
    It's pretty common knowledge that they broke up because of Yoko. John was too in love with her to see that she had no talent in the singing/musical department, and insisted she did everythig with the band. However, both Lennon and McCartney's egos got way to big. Paul was a bit of a turd for a while in the late 60s, but John was a **** of the highest order all the way through. Add to the fact that they never gave George a chance to really show what he could do and have a say in the band (despite him being the most consistent 'best' songwriter) and you can understand why he got pissed off when Ono came in and John made sure she got a say in everything. Tlr; Lennon was a (talented) ****, McCarney's ego got too big, Harrison was never given a chance to shine and Ringo went on to narrate Thomas the Tank Engine haha
    SharpObject
    VoodooChild15 wrote: God, I hate "we were best before we got signed" Lennon. "We never improved"? The music the Beatles made from Rubber Soul up till Abbey Road was vitally important and utterly amazing, not to mention head and shoulders above everything Lennon did after they split.
    Trudat
    les_paul_01
    Breaking news; John Lennon still upset over Beatles breakup, apparent lack of heartbeat for nearly 30 years. This will be interesting, but if it does eventuate i'm sure it won't be much more than very verbal confirmation of what many people have known for a long time. I really don't think this will change the opinion of the millions of beatles fans out there, much less john lennon of his former bandmates.
    kud666
    Right-Wing Dick wrote: Say you're in a band then all of a sudden your rhythm guitar player wants to bring his girlfriend to every rehearsal and recording session. Would you be pissed? Probably. To get perspective on Yoko, I suggest going to Youtube and finding the gig where John and Yoko play with Frank Zappa. After seeing it, I'd bet you'd insult her to her face too. Maybe even throw a punch.
    DUDE i just watched the vid and jesus mary and joseph what the smeg is she attempting to do!!! sounds like a cat being shot over and over again. on another note i agree with one of our fellow UGers that the beatles were a good band but extremely over rated.
    Out_of_Utero
    Breaking News: John Lennon and Yoko Ono's relationship was one of the major causes of The Beatles' break up. In an equally stunning story, the sun rose today.