On his show, The Frost Interview on Al Jazeera network, David Frost aired an hour-long interview on Monday which he conducted with Sir Paul McCartney that covers McCartney’s entire career. This is definitely one of the most illuminating interviews with Paul McCartney I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen many).
Giving credit to David Frost who almost 50 years ago had interviewed Sir Paul on his show “A Degree of Frost” in 1964, he asks the right questions resulting in insightful responses from McCartney who can now look at his past from a historical standpoint. The interview covers a lot of ground from Paul’s childhood to the early days of The Beatles and all the way to the present day.
Regarding his songwriting partnership with John Lennon, McCartney explains: “Looking back on it I really feel blessed to be the guy who wrote with John. Because he was pretty hot stuff. And writing with me, I was pretty hot stuff too, so the two of us gelled.”
While the media has already covered the statement that Paul does not blame Yoko for the Beatles’ breakup, there is much more in this interview that I have not heard McCartney say before about John Lennon and The Beatles. At 70, McCartney now has the valuable hindsight that comes with age and he is very astute about the fate of The Beatles and why things ended the way they did.
Frost asks Paul if The Beatles would have survived as a group had their original manager, Brian Epstein, lived, and as a result, the group would not have been at odds over financial matters caused by their subsequent manager, Allen Klein. McCartney replied, “They [The Beatles] might have, but I think John in particular was ready to do something else. When Yoko came along, part of her attraction, I think, was the avante-garde side of things… so she showed him another way to be that was very attractive to him. And I could see that… So, I think it was time for John certainly to leave.”
McCartney continues discussing The Beatles breakup: “But then we’d realized that we’d come full circle, we had kind of done everything we wanted to do, and it was a neat body of work, so it probably was a good idea. Then later when we got offers to re-form, we said, ‘No, we’ve done it. It won’t be as good. It might be crummy the second time around.’ So, in actual fact, it wasn’t that bad a thing. But it was a shock at the time.”
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