July 17, 2011
Must it be Lennon or McCartney ?
Despite a lot of petty side-taking, the greatest songwriting partnership in history was precisely that: a partnership. Neil McCormick on The Beatles
POOR old Paul McCartney. "It's going down in posterity that John was the cool one and Paul was a bit soppy," he complained last year. Yet after decades of critical abuse, he seems to have finally succeeded in putting memories of The Frog Chorus to rest, salvaging some dignity with the much-lauded Anthology collection of Beatles out-takes, earning generally positive reviews of his back-to-basics solo album (Flaming Pie) and being the subject of an authorised biography ('Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now' by Barry Miles) that reaffirms his creative importance in the Beatles set-up. Then who should pop up with a withering put-down but his old enemy Yoko Ono.The woman whose relationship with Paul's songwriting partner John Lennon is often cited as the prime cause of the Beatles' break-up appears somewhat irritated by all the good publicity McCartney has been getting. Responding to suggestions implicit in his biography that Paul was in some respects the Beatles' creative leader, Yoko has leapt to her late husband's defence.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/4711552/Must-it-be-Lennon-or-McCartney.html