1:28 pm - 12/28/2012

Yoko Ono On Beatles' 'Divorce': 'They Were Getting To Be Like Paul's Band, Which They Didn't Like'


Newly released recordings of interviews with some of music's biggest names -- from Steven Tyler to Graham Nash -- reveal yet another wrinkle in the decades-long mystery of precisely why the Beatles called it quits.

In a recorded interview with industry bigwig Joe Smith (via Rolling Stone), John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono gets to the nitty gritty of what she described as a "divorce." While Ono maintained that Lennon was "feeling very good about" the breakup, she admitted that some tensions were forming within the band. "The Beatles were getting very independent," she said in the 1987 interview. "Each one of them [was] getting independent. John, in fact, was not the first who wanted to leave the Beatles. [We saw] Ringo [Starr] one night with Maureen [Starkey Tigrett], and he came to John and me and said he wanted to leave. George [Harrison] was next, and then John. Paul [McCartney] was the only one trying to hold the Beatles together. But the other three thought Paul would hold the Beatles together as his band. They were getting to be like Paul's band, which they didn't like."

Ono also said the breakup put some strains on her relationship with Lennon, noting that she felt the late icon missed his bandmates and "expected all that to be replaced by me."

All told, it's an account that matches up with McCartney's recent comments. In October, McCartney told David Frost that Ono "did not break the group up" because it was "already breaking up."

More recordings, including interviews with Harrison, McCartney, Mick Jagger, Ray Charles, David Bowie and many more are available at the Library of Congress' website.


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batty_gal 28th-Dec-2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
I just know there are some mad-ass souls upset over what she said.
lisse_pitch13 28th-Dec-2012 08:06 pm (UTC)
mynamehere07 28th-Dec-2012 08:06 pm (UTC)
I thought it was just a fanwank theory that Yoko broke up the Beatles. I seem to remember at one point or another them all saying that it had nothing to do with Yoko.
shizshockhorror 29th-Dec-2012 12:35 am (UTC)
yeah I came here to say that isn't it pretty much universally accepted now, that Yoko breaking up the band is a myth?
supermishelle 28th-Dec-2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
Sounds about right. I feel bad for Yoko being blamed for all these years.
ex_vampirew765 28th-Dec-2012 08:16 pm (UTC)
beatlesluv 28th-Dec-2012 10:20 pm (UTC)

It was growing pains that split them up and it frustrates me when people act like she's a nobody when she's a really talented artist, and it's not her fault they grew apart. SMH
sitbashenjoi 28th-Dec-2012 11:02 pm (UTC)
mjspice 29th-Dec-2012 02:58 pm (UTC)
scousing 28th-Dec-2012 08:14 pm (UTC)
bitter people will always find a scapegoat for the inevitable
ex_vampirew765 28th-Dec-2012 08:16 pm (UTC)
it was always easier to blame her than blame the band themselves
lovebum4life 28th-Dec-2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
I hate her and John Lennon.

It's so crazy all the shit JL got away with tho -____- and ppl like to pretend that he was all so love the world etc. etc. it's so weird.

Love the music tho just not him. And ppl gotta stop blaming the women over shit like this.

Also George was my fav <3

Edited at 2012-12-28 08:18 pm (UTC)
pineandapple 28th-Dec-2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
George was my favorite too.
haverchuck_bill 28th-Dec-2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
ia. I think it's ridiculous to blame her for the Beatles breaking up but I can't stand John or Yoko.
mhfromnh 28th-Dec-2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
George wrote some beautiful songs man.
lissalynn 28th-Dec-2012 08:41 pm (UTC)
George has always been my fave too.
lestat 28th-Dec-2012 09:02 pm (UTC)
john trying to keep george from the creative process pisses me off so bad
hippie_chick 28th-Dec-2012 10:06 pm (UTC)
Both John and Paul did. I agree and don't think George's work was given what it deserved within the band.
myhipusername 29th-Dec-2012 12:20 am (UTC)

i still can't believe they would do something like that, i will always be upset w/ paul for that because george created some of the most prettiest songs on his own and in the band(here comes the soon, while my guitar gently weeps?? etc)
hork13bajir5 28th-Dec-2012 09:19 pm (UTC)
What kinda stuff did Lennon get a way with?
pineandapple 28th-Dec-2012 08:19 pm (UTC)
I really, really like Paul.
effingusernames 28th-Dec-2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
paul was such a cutie
myhipusername 29th-Dec-2012 12:23 am (UTC)
me too :')
siva89 29th-Dec-2012 12:37 am (UTC)
love him
kurtvonnegut 28th-Dec-2012 08:21 pm (UTC)
i don't blame yoko at all for the breakup, only morons do, but her painting paul as a prima donna who broke up the band like he was trying to take over is RICH. this woman was married to john "MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE" lennon.
lunarsole 28th-Dec-2012 08:48 pm (UTC)
lestat 28th-Dec-2012 09:01 pm (UTC)
MTE. paul is/was a bit of a control freak but john was 90000000x worse and i wish ppl would get off his diq
hearthecity 28th-Dec-2012 09:45 pm (UTC)
mmhmmm it's obvious John and Paul were battling, but of course she's going to blame it all on Paul
myhipusername 29th-Dec-2012 12:28 am (UTC)
lol ia
famineaffair 28th-Dec-2012 11:40 pm (UTC)
mte, sad that she's still in denial.
bellwetherr 29th-Dec-2012 04:34 am (UTC)
lol mfte. i was like PAUL THO? RLY?
pikapika217 28th-Dec-2012 08:25 pm (UTC)
She got a ridiculous amount of hate for this. Why is it the spouses fault when things like this happen? Aren't they all GROWN ASS MEN? I guess when people can't cope they need a scapegoat & she just fit the bill. I do wonder what their break-up would've been treated like had she not been in the picture until after they'd split.
mhfromnh 28th-Dec-2012 08:26 pm (UTC)
shut your mouth about Paul.
morningtsuji 28th-Dec-2012 08:31 pm (UTC)
still can't stand her tho.
kittenmommy 29th-Dec-2012 04:03 am (UTC)

This. She's just horrible.
morningtsuji 28th-Dec-2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
the beatles broke up the beatles...but mostly it was john lennon lbr
deadendqueen16 28th-Dec-2012 08:42 pm (UTC)

I've never really liked Yoko or John, and the more I find out about them the more I know that I was right to feel that way. Still, I hate that she gets blamed for breaking up the Beatles.
andieray 28th-Dec-2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
usagi_moon 29th-Dec-2012 05:56 am (UTC)
if that horse could make sounds, it sounds like Yoko's music.
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