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Paul McCartney's painful memories of Beatles split transformed by new documentary

Mirror logo Mirror 28/09/2020 Mark Jefferies

Paul McCartney’s unhappy memories of the painful Beatles split have been transformed by newly discovered footage.

It shows Macca having fun with band-mate John Lennon while the Fab Four squabbled as they worked on their final album Let It Be.

Sir Paul says seeing the film made him “very happy” as all he recalled from the time “was gloom”.

It is included in a new documentary Get Back, by Lord of the Rings director Sir Peter Jackson.

Jackson went through footage from the period around 1970.

A film released at the time showed the band arguing in the studio and gave the appearance that the magic of the Fab Four had gone.

a person posing for the camera: Paul McCartney’s unhappy memories of the painful Beatles split have been transformed by newly discovered footage © Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images Paul McCartney’s unhappy memories of the painful Beatles split have been transformed by newly discovered footage

Macca explained: “I think it was the fact that The Beatles were breaking up, which was a very difficult time for us, it was like a divorce. So it’s very difficult to just be jolly.

“By the time Let It Be came about that became the story of the film.

“So for years when people say, ‘Oh,’ about Let It Be, I go ‘Yeah, you know, I didn’t really like it because it was such a gloomy period.’

a group of people that are set up on a table: It is included in a new documentary Get Back, by Lord of the Rings director Sir Peter Jackson © 1069 Paul McCartney. Photo by Linda McCartney It is included in a new documentary Get Back, by Lord of the Rings director Sir Peter Jackson a group of people sitting at a table: A film released at the time showed the band arguing in the studio and gave the appearance that the magic of the Fab Four had gone © Apple Corps A film released at the time showed the band arguing in the studio and gave the appearance that the magic of the Fab Four had gone

“But talking to Peter Jackson, when he was looking at the 58 hours of outtakes, I said, ‘Well, what’s it like?’ expecting him to say, ‘It’s very gloomy. You’re all arguing.’

“He says ‘no, it’s amazing. You’re like jolly and stuff.’ And he showed me some bits. And it’s just great. It really made me happy.”

Sir Paul’s comments come in a new feature, John Lennon at 80 on BBC Radio 2 in which Lennon’s youngest son Sean speaks to his half brother Julian, Paul and Sir Elton John about his father and his music.

Macca will also play a segment of the unheard Beatles track Just Fun.

Lennon, who would have turned 80 on October 9, was shot dead in New York in 1980 by Mark Chapman. Not long before, Sir Paul and John had patched up their differences.

John Lennon at 80 airs from 9-10pm this Saturday and Sunday on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds.

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