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." Thanks for the report to jam!.

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    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.
    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.
    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.
    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!!!
    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.
    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
    belavista man
    dannyloughran wrote: who are the beatles?
    Very funny. And yeah.. Since when did The Beatles NOT bicker?
    mcshane90
    TheIceCreamMan wrote: Didn't Harrison play on Plastic Ono Band?
    He recorded soOOooOOo many songs with them
    LaBelle923
    Zimwibwe wrote: The headline should read "Lennon tape reveals what we already knew"
    Very true.
    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..
    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.
    hackahobo
    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".
    Hate to bust your balls dude, but yeah, Yoko was the driving force behind their break-up. I agree with the John getting jealous part, that actually ocurred; for instance, for the Magical Mystery Tour album, John wanted "I Am The Walrus" to be the A-side single, but Paul McCartney and Brian Epstein both agreed that "Hello Goodbye" was more radio-friendly, then the same thing happened with Lennon's "Strawberry Fields Forever" losing to Paul's "Penny Lane". But it's true that the other three Beatles felt that Paul was becoming too controlling.
    archangels
    "They despised her... It seemed I had to be happily married to them or Yoko - and I chose Yoko."
    And rightly so. You made the wrong choice there, Johnny.
    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
    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.
    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.
    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.
    TryingYourLuck
    well.. "all you need is love".. love is stronger then music and he had to go with the one he loved risking losing his friends.. but isnt it reasonable cuz they insulted her and stuff.. i kinda dont hate yoko as much after being told that she wasnt the reason for the split up. (though she was KINDA a lil reason..) STILL LOVE THE BEATLES AND ESPECIALLY JOHN LENNON! RIP..
    limpidgreen345
    joshw17 wrote: Yeah,this is pretty much a non-story. But that Ringo... What a cool guy. Underappreciated, too.
    Ringo gets totally overlooked... great outside-the-box drumming...
    GuitarLGB09
    wow this really is interesting. But let's not forget that this is from John's point of view. If the sources are trustworthy then some stuff here seems a bit weird to me. For example: 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." WOuldnt most people say that the best beatles stuff was around the second half of the 60's?
    AC/DCnut
    TheEsupremacy wrote: 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.
    Yeah, totally.
    AC/DCnut
    is is happening with my band and it just kills you, you can't bring girls into the equation, it just completely ****s everything up.
    Bluesrocker5150
    bobbyk1978 wrote: 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. got news for ya there youngin, chuck berry invented rock n roll
    yup. heres a nice quote for you. I think it goes something like: "If we called rock n' roll by any other name that name would be Chuck Berry." - John Lennon.
    Cafas
    That doesn't sound like George at all! Which band are we talking about, again?
    The one you never talked to, or knew in any capacity whatsoever. The band that broke up before you cared or possibly even existed. That band.
    brighteyes577
    yeah this ain't really news. they got so huge, in over their heads kind of, and everything became a battle. also, I would've insulted yoko too. im pretty sure there was like a gentlemens pact, no girlfriends/wives in the studio, but john thought it didn't apply to him anymore? many factors contributed to the breakup and it's all old news. in short, why bring back to the surface nasty things that were said by a legend, in a time of anger and frustration?
    bobbyk1978
    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.
    got news for ya there youngin, chuck berry invented rock n roll
    DavidsonTFP
    AC/DCnut wrote: is is happening with my band and it just kills you, you can't bring girls into the equation, it just completely ****s everything up.
    you're telling me. ones that just come in for the use of drugs and booze, too. makes you re-prioritize yourself.
    Mr. Chang
    bobbyk1978 wrote: 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. got news for ya there youngin, chuck berry invented rock n roll
    No one person or band ever created a genre. Rock N' Roll, just as all other musical forms, was created through years of development by several acts. Alternative Rock for example became most popular in the 1990's. Nirvana often gets the credit for the creation of the genre, but in fact it started in some proto-forms all the way back in the late '60's with bands like the Red Krayola's and the Velvet Underground. It built up a somewhat cohesive movement through college radio stations a decade later. It just finally coalesced into a commercially successful movement in the '90's where far too many people have the false understanding that's where it started. The Beatles are an example of that. The pop they created came largely from pre-WW2 Jazz musicians. (largely Louis Armstrong) Thats where short chorus driven songs was first conceived. Buddy Holly and his Crickets perfected that model and that's where the Beatles took their cue (and their name). The Beatles certainly made some of the best songs from that form of music, but they were far from creating it or innovating very far past it.
    cheesenachos
    JustAddBeer wrote: 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.
    +101 thank god somebody finally got it right.....
    the enigma 1
    visiofx wrote: its all lies...more lies..dont listen to the media
    If we didn't listen to the media then we would have no source of reliable information. I admit that a lot of things that the media says is bulls**t, but without it, UG would not have a news section, and none of the comments that have been made would not be here, and I would not be writing this. It is our job as the citizens of this Earth to decide what is true and what is false for ourselves. I also realize that if there was no media, people would rely on word of mouth. But do you really trust the women in the supermarket, or your next door neighbour? The media is something that we rely upon to live our lives as we do. So think before you post. "Self-reliance is the key to vigorous life."
    BrianApocalypse
    Matt-92 wrote: Ringo went on to narrate Thomas the Tank Engine haha
    Only the first series, Michael Angelis did it after that.
    TheRedCrunch
    Maybe the Beatles preferred their early pop songs over their lyrically challenging songs. :\
    vocoderboy
    funny how anything about the beatles is gen music news just shows how important they they still are innit?
    SanJose
    BobMarleysGhost wrote: "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.
    Hahaha, long live the drummer-jokes!
    SGmaniac1021
    The Cheat wrote: 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." Exactly why I think that if he did say something like that, he must have really had a reason to say what he did. That doesn't sound like George at all! Which band are we talking about, again?
    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