McCartney: Yoko Didn't Break Up the Beatles
John Lennon was going to leave anyway, Paul says
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2012 8:29 AM CDT
Paul McCartney talks to Yoko Ono as they arrive for the UK Premiere of George Harrison: Living in the Material World, at a central London cinema, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011.   (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

(Newser) – All those years you’ve harbored a grudge against Yoko Ono for breaking up the Beatles … and now it turns out you can let it go. "She certainly didn't break the group up," Paul McCartney says in a new TV interview set to air next month, the BBC reports. "I don't think you can blame her for anything.” John Lennon, he adds, was “definitely going to leave.”

Plus, Ono inspired Lennon to write such hits as “Imagine,” McCartney says."When Yoko came along, part of her attraction was her avant garde side, her view of things," he says. "She showed him another way to be, which was very attractive to him. So it was time for John to leave."

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dawnarun
Oct 30, 2012 12:47 AM CDT
Yoko Ono had this very interesting piece of performance art, I think it was call the cut piece. She would invite members of the audience to take a pair of scissors and make single cuts into her clothes. She performed it in different cities and when looking at the performances collectively it was fascinating to see the difference of approach that people, sometimes whole audiences, would take. Some were very respectful, making small cuts, others thought of it as a game and would cut off the garment in one big snip. I studied a lot of performance art, didn't like a lot of it, but that particular piece is one of my favorites.
ppaca
Oct 29, 2012 10:55 PM CDT
Does anyone really care? That was over 40 years ago, Might as well talk about Genn Miller.
fractal
Oct 29, 2012 8:21 PM CDT
Lennon was an addict spinning out of control, and Yoko was the only one willing to stand up to him, and set boundaries. He would have died of an overdose without her. I named one of my kitties Yoko Ono in her honor. She is very asian looking and needed a strong name to stand up to my big old boy cats, who wanted to knock her around daily.