The Beatles bassist Paul McCartney has looked back to the period when the band decided to break up in the ’70s and admitted that he’s felt guilty for the disbandment of The Beatles for a really long time until he saw Peter Jackson’s forthcoming documentary ‘The Beatles: Get Back.’
During the latest interview he gave to The Sunday Times, The Beatles icon, Paul McCartney, has reminisced about the last months of the band while describing their decision to split as something conscious. McCartney said they made a decision when The Beatles folded that they weren’t going to pick it up again.
Though it seems like that was that, within the course of the conversation, Paul McCartney confessed that, at the back of his mind, there was always this idea where he regarded himself as the cause of this breakup.
McCartney explained that he felt the need to see proof demonstrating the opposite and found one when he watched the footage in the upcoming documentary film, ‘The Beatles: Get Back,’ directed by the successful director, Peter Jackson, who is best known as the creator of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy.
Paul said he bought into the dark side of The Beatles breaking up and thought he’s to blame since it’s easy when the climate is that way to start thinking so. However, Jackson provided him with the essential proof within his promising project.
‘The Beatles: Get Back’ documentary movie, as a companion to the upcoming exclusive book with the same name, is set to release on August 27, 2021. The highly-anticipated book, which features a foreword written by Peter Jackson and an introduction by Hanif Kureishi, will be available all around the world on August 31, 2021.
The texts within the book, which are edited by John Harris from original conversations between John, Paul, George, and Ringo spanning three weeks of recording for The Beatles’ final rooftop concert, will take the readers into a journey back in January 1969, the beginning of the band’s last year.
Here’s what Paul McCartney said about the disbandment of The Beatles:
“We made a decision when The Beatles folded that we weren’t going to pick it up again. So we switched off from The Beatles.
You talk about something coming full circle that is very satisfying; let’s not spoil it by doing something that might not be as good. It was a conscious decision to leave well enough alone, so I don’t really think we would have. But who knows? We could have.”
He continued and talked about the documentary film, especially how it affected him while he was blaming himself for the breakup of the band:
“Because it proves that my main memory of The Beatles was the joy and skill. The proof is the footage. I bought into the dark side of The Beatles breaking up and thought, ‘Oh God, I’m to blame.’
I knew I wasn’t, but it’s easy when the climate is that way to start thinking so. But at the back of my mind, there was always this idea that it wasn’t like that, but I needed to see proof.”
You can check out the source here and the announcement video of ‘The Beatles: Get Back’ book below.