“McCartney” press kit sent to UK press

Thursday, April 9, 1970


Advanced copies of “McCartney“, accompanied with a press kit, was sent to the UK press on this day. Included in the press kit was a Q&A, where Paul strongly suggested the Beatles’ adventure was over:

Are you planning a new album or single with the Beatles?


Is this album a rest away from the Beatles or the start of a solo career?

Time will tell. Being a solo album means it’s the start of a solo career… and not being done with the Beatles means it’s a rest. So it’s both.

Is your break from the Beatles temporary or permanent, due to personal difference or musical ones?

Personal differences, business differences, musical differences, but most of all because I have a better time with my family. Temporary or permanent? I don’t know.

From “McCartney” press release Q&A

About the conception of this Q&A, Paul explained in 2011:

[…] Peter Brown [Paul’s assistant at Apple] said, “You’re putting a record out and you’ll need to do publicity.” Well, there was no way I could sit around and do a press conference. But I recognised the need for some sort of publicity. So I said, “I’ll tell you what, why don’t you do some questions for me, I’ll do a Q&A, and then stick that out, make that into a press release or something.” So he did the questions that are on that sheet, and just sent it round to me with a space. […]

Paul McCartney, from the “McCartney – Archive Collection” book, 2011

On the same day, Apple Records felt obliged to issue a statement denying the Beatles were going to split:

This is just not true. Although it is true that there are no plans at the moment for more Beatles recordings, this is quite normal. Next month, their new LP will be issued. It has already been recorded so, consequently, as there is already material available, there are no plans for more recordings. I hope that The Beatles will get together for another recording session after the summer.

[Paul] communicates by telephone and, as he has got recording studios at his home, it is not necessary for him to come in. Paul will issue a statement today with the release of his new album, but any critical statements do not mean a real break-up of the group!

Mavis Smith, assistant to Derek Taylor, head of PR

On this day, Paul also phoned John Lennon to let him know that the press kit had been issued, and that it would make the news the day after.

Paul said to me, ‘I’m now doing what you and Yoko were doing last year. I understand what you were doing’, all that shit. So I said to him, ‘Good luck to yer.’

John Lennon

Journalist Ray Connolly, from the Evening Standard, recalled:

I received [one press kit] at the Evening Standard, but the story was embargoed until the next day, so I didn’t print anything. But Don Short at the Mirror did.

Ray Connolly, from “You Never Give Me Your Money: The Battle For The Soul Of The Beatles“, by Peter Doggett

The Daily Mirror, dated April 10, 1970, started to be available at the end of the day, in London, with the headline on the front page, “Paul is quitting The Beatles“.

From RecordMecca.com – The historic UK press kit for Paul McCartney’s debut solo album, McCartney, where for the first time he announces his break with The Beatles. Often referenced but rarely seen, this 1970 press kit for the “McCartney” album contains a written interview where Paul is asked “Are you planning a new album or single with the Beatles” and answers “no.” When asked “Is this album a rest away from the Beatles or the start of a solo career” he answer a vague “Time will tell…” He says of his break with the Beatles “temporary or permanent ? I don’t know.” Asked if he foresees a time when Lennon-McCartney resumes as an active songwriting partnership again he again answers simply “no.” These comments and others contained within rocked the world when this press kit was sent out–this was the first intimation that the Beatles might indeed be over (and they were !) This very rare press kit includes the 3 page interview printed as a folio, a sheet of “general information,” 2 pages of lyrics, another 3 page folio of “information” (actually Paul’s notes on each song), and two 6.5″ x 9.5″ press photographs. Everything is in excellent condition, with one small stain on the first page of the interview. This came from the estate of Ralph J. Gleason, legendary music critic, co-founder of Rolling Stone magazine, and friend of the Beatles. A very important Beatles collectible.

I received a phone call from Paul on Thursday afternoon. He said, ‘I’m going to leave The Beatles as well.’ I was happy to hear from Paul. It was nice to find that he was still alive! Anyway, Paul hasn’t left… I sacked him.

John Lennon – From “The Beatles: Off the Record” by Keith Badman

When people say I let it out, it was actually months after we had broken up. No one was saying anything and I was putting out this crazy press release with the McCartney album because Peter Brown said to me, ‘We need some press on this. You’d better do something,’ and I didn’t want to be interviewed. I didn’t feel secure enough to do that. So I said, ‘Okay, we’ll do a question and answer thing.’ So I said to Peter, ‘Write me out a questionnaire of what you think they’d ask me.’ He wrote it all out and I just filled it all in, like a questionnaire, and it all came out weird.

Paul McCartney – From “The Beatles: Off the Record” by Keith Badman

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