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  • A new eight-hour-long documentary on The Beatles entitled ‘Get Back’ answers some long standing questions about the band’s dynamic.
  • One of the topics the film touches on is band member John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s relationship, which many fans believed tore the legendary musical group apart.
  • Footage from the film shows Paul McCartney saying the relationship between the two artists “isn’t that bad.”

Peter Jackson’s new Beatles documentary “Get Back” answers a few longstanding questions some diehard fans might have. 

One of the biggest takeaways from the film is the revelation that Yoko Ono, the Japanese multimedia artist and activist who married singer-songwriter John Lennon in 1969, did not break up the band, an ugly myth that has followed Ono for years, according to The Guardian. 

Jackson’s roughly eight-hour-long film was released in three parts on Disney+ over the Thanksgiving weekend and uses dozens of hours of footage and audio recordings of the band working on songs to be featured in the 1970 album and film “Let It Be”, according to Vulture. 


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In the film’s second part, McCartney mentions that Ono’s presence “isn’t that bad,” according to The Guardian. “It really isn’t that bad. They wanted to stay together,” McCartney said according to The Guardian. “She’s great, she really is all right.” 

The film even touches on how Ono was even supportive of sometimes overshadowed Beatles bandmate George Harrison’s interest in making a solo album, according to Slate, and that the documentary highlights how she tried to not interfere with what was happening in the studio. 

At one point in the film, Ono, when speaking to a future Linda McCartney, theorizes that the reason she and Lennon were practically tied at the hip during that time was because they had just had a miscarriage a few months earlier, Slate reports.

In another moment, McCartney jokes about how future generations will view the band’s relationship with Ono. “It’s going to be such an incredible, comical thing in 50 years’ time… they broke up because Yoko sat on an amp,” McCartney said in the documentary according to Yahoo News. 


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Published on Dec 04, 2021