During a recent interview with Russia’s Sputnik News, John Lennon’s sister Julia Baird has shared her thoughts on biggest misconception about Yoko Ono and The Beatles.
Interviewer asked ‘Are there any misconceptions in the media about John’, Julia responded:
“There are lots. He had a very tough, chippy, chirpy exterior but he was actually as soft as jelly underneath, and not many people really bothered, they were enjoying the chippy chirpy interviews and they were able to criticise him, and they didn’t really look much beyond.
To be fair, John wouldn’t have let them much beyond either, but there was a completely different John from the one that you saw.”
“In your opinion is it unfair to blame the breakup of the Beatles on Yoko Ono?”
“Absolutely, it is very unfair. I know instinctively you think, I mean it couldn’t have been comfortable for any of them to have the girlfriend parking up in a bed in the studio while they were trying to record, I get all that, and John could have put a stop to all that couldn’t he? But I don’t think she was the cause of the breakup in my mind, and I think many fans don‘t think that either.
If you look at the tours you always meet a lot of people that say saw the Beatles on tour between 1964 from the Ed Sullivan show, right until 1966, without exception say, could you hear anything? No, they didn’t hear one word, of one song.”
“That in itself was enough, and when they did Candlestick Park, I think it was the 25th August, it could have been a date around that, but in 1966, it is said and again; I’m saying what people say because I didn’t ask John about this, he said about the screaming.
But apparently there was so much screaming at that Super bowl place they were in, that they didn’t even bother to sing, they just opened their mouths, played their instruments and just opened their mouths and nobody noticed, and on that stage John definitely said, this is it, I’m not doing this again.“
Click here to entire interview via Sputnik.