More from year 2012
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About John Lennon:
John and I wrote together something like 300 songs, just short of 300. We would meet up, sit down to write and three hours later we would have a song. And never, never did we have a dry session, we always wrote a song …. It was a great thing. Looking back on it I really feel blessed to be the guy who wrote with John. Because he was pretty hot stuff. And writing with me, I was pretty hot stuff too, so the two of us gelledPaul McCartney – from Al Jazeera, November 10, 2012
About the Beatles break-up:
I think it was time for John certainly to leave. It was a bit of a shock to all of us, he just announced ‘oh I am leaving the group’. We all said ‘are you sure about this?’ We tried to keep it together but he was definitely going to leave, so that was basically what did it.
But I think, in a way, then we realised that we had come full circle, we had kind of done everything we wanted to do … So in actual fact it wasn’t that bad a thing.Paul McCartney – from Al Jazeera, November 10, 2012
About Yoko Ono:
She would sit in on sessions and you’d have to try and get your mind round this. Our girlfriends or wives wouldn’t have done that, and it was an unspoken rule, you wouldn’t sit in on the session, so Yoko was doing this. So I think it created uncomfortable moments. […]
She certainly didn’t break the group up. […]
The group was breaking up and I think she attracted John so much to another way of life that he then went on to do very successfully and had a sort of second part to his career, writing things like ‘Imagine’ and doing ‘Give Peace A Chance’. I don’t think he would have done that without Yoko. […]Paul McCartney – from Al Jazeera, November 10, 2012 ; and from HuffingtonPost, November 8, 2012
On his own career:
I saw something the other day where I was quoted as saying ‘It will be pretty sad to be prancing around on a stage at 40’. But no, I am still prancing. And enjoying it.Paul McCartney – from Al Jazeera, November 10, 2012