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On this day, George Harrison held a press conference at Allen Klein’s ABKCO office in New York, to announce the Concert For Bangladesh, a charity concert to be held on August 1, 1971, at Madison Square Garden. He asked the three other Beatles to participate, but Paul McCartney would refuse.
Paul was also asked to play at another charity concert for Bangladesh held in the UK on September 18, 1971, and would equally refuse.
I didn’t play on George’s Bangla Desh concert because if I’d turned up and John had turned up, then the headlines round the world would have screamed ‘The Beatles Are Together Again!’ Quite frankly, I didn’t fancy playing there anyway.Paul McCartney – Interview with Disc And Music Echo, November 1971
You know I was asked to play George’s concert in New York for Bangla Desh and I didn’t? Well, listen. Klein called a press conference and told everyone I had refused to do it – it wasn’t so.
I said to George the reason I couldn’t do it was because it would mean that all the world’s press would scream that The Beatles had got back together again and I know that would have made Klein very happy. It would have been a historical event and Klein would have taken the credit.
I didn’t really fancy playing anyway. If it wasn’t for Klein I might have had second thoughts about it but I don’t know, really. Allen’s a good talker. The others really dig him, but I’ve made the mistake of trying to advise them against him and that pissed them off. I think they might secretly feel that I am right though.
You know when ‘Let It Be’ came out there was a little bit of hype on the sleeve for the first time ever on a Beatles album. At the time we were strained with each other and it wasn’t a happy time. It said it was a new phase Beatles album and there was nothing further from the truth.
That was the last Beatles album and everybody knew it. There was no new phase about it at all. Klein had it re-produced because he said it didn’t sound commercial enough.Paul McCartney – From interview with Melody Maker, November 20, 1971
He doesn’t want the name McCartney linked with the names of the other Beatles. It’s pursuing an illusion, something that no longer exists. He wants The Beatles to become on paper what they are in fact. He wants to be allowed to pursue his career and he’s trying his utmost to be simply Paul McCartney.Shelley Turner – Paul McCartney’s spokesman – From “The Beatles: Off The Record 2 – The Dream is Over: Dream Is Over Vol 2” by Keith Badman
[…] Ringo Starr, formerly the Beatle drummer, will be there. Because he was finishing a movie in Spain, it was explained, he could not join Harrison, Shankar, and Klein at the news conference.
What about John Lennon?
“John was asked,” Harrison said. “You never know about John. He might show up.“
And Paul McCartney?
“Actually, I did ask Paul,” Harrison said. “He said he’d love to, but…” […]From Asbury Park Evening Press, July 28, 1971
Last updated on August 2, 2023
"An updated edition of the best-seller. The story of what happened to the band members, their families and friends after the 1970 break-up is brought right up to date. A fascinating and meticulous piece of Beatles scholarship."
We owe a lot to Keith Badman for the creation of those pages, but you really have to buy this book to get all the details - a day to day chronology of what happened to the four Beatles after the break-up and how their stories intertwined together!
This edition of the book compiles more outrageous opinions and unrehearsed interviews from the former Beatles and the people who surrounded them. Keith Badman unearths a treasury of Beatles sound bites and points-of-view, taken from the post break up years. Includes insights from Yoko Ono, Linda McCartney, Barbara Bach and many more.
This very special RAM special is the first in a series. This is a Timeline for 1970 – 1971 when McCartney started writing and planning RAM in the summer of 1970 and ending with the release of the first Wings album WILD LIFE in December 1971. [...] One thing I noted when exploring the material inside the deluxe RAM remaster is that the book contains many mistakes. A couple of dates are completely inaccurate and the story is far from complete. For this reason, I started to compile a Timeline for the 1970/1971 period filling the gaps and correcting the mistakes. The result is this Maccazine special. As the Timeline was way too long for one special, we decided to do a double issue (issue 3, 2012 and issue 1, 2013).
"Maccazine is a hard copy magazine (a bound paperback) about Paul McCartney. It is published twice a year. Due to the fact that the Internet has taken over the world and the fact that the latest Paul McCartney news is to be found on hundreds of websites, we have decided to focus on creating an informative paper magazine about Paul McCartney."
"In this issue we take you back to the early days of Paul McCartney’s solo career when he decided to form a new group. With Wings he proved there was life after The Beatles. This Maccazine features a detailed timeline of ‘the birth’ of the band with interesting entries including many new facts and unpublished photos. Follow-up timelines will be published in the upcoming years."