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Paul McCartney 'frustrated' by John Lennon being made a martyr

Paul McCartney 'frustrated' by John Lennon being made a martyr

Paul McCartney has admitted that he is a little frustrated that John Lennon's murder transformed him into somewhat of a martyr. 

In a new interview with Esquire, he admitted that he found the situation after Lennon's murder in the winter of 1980 "frustrating".

"Post-Beatles George did his record, John did his, I did mine, Ringo did his. We were equal," he said. "When John got shot, aside from the pure horror of it, the lingering thing was, OK, well now John's a martyr. A JFK."

He continued: "So what happened was, I started to get frustrated because people started to say, 'Well, he was The Beatles'. And me, George and Ringo would go, 'Er, hang on. It's only a year ago we were all equal-ish”.

McCartney then spoke of how the group were a true collective.

"We knew we were different. We knew we were something other groups weren't: Lennon's skill, intelligence, acerbic wit, McCartney's melody, whatever he's got, Harrison's spirituality, Ringo's spirit of fun, great drumming. We all played, which is pretty hard."

"Yeah, John was the witty one, sure. John did a lot of great work, yeah. And post-Beatles he did more great work, but he also did a lot of not-great work."

Concluding, he said: "I understood that now there was going to be revisionism. It was going to be: John was the one."


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