Mikal Gilmore i Rolling Stone har lest alle bøker og alle brev og skrevet en massiv artikkel om hvorfor the Beatles gikk i oppløsning i siste nummer av Rolling Stone. Artikkelen ligger dessverre ikke ute på nett – men det gjør artikkelen om artikkelen. Der konkluderer Gilmore med at Lennon og Harrison gjorde sitt beste for å sabotere hele opplegget fra og med 1968, ikke fordi de hadde noe ønske om å ødelegge bandet, men for å rane makten fra den initiativrike og dominerende Paul McCartney. Gilmore medgir at han har fått voldsom sympati for McCartney i løpet av hele prosessen.

– There’s no way around it – they treated McCartney shamefully during 1969, and unforgivably in the early months of 1970, skriver han. Og:
– He had loved the Beatles more than the others had – he had certainly loved John more than John had loved him – and it was due to Paul’s resourcefulness and tenacity that the Beatles held together and moved forward so remarkably after the death of the manager who had made them famous, Brian Epstein.

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Både den illustrerte guiden til Beatles-bruddet og bladets monsterlange intervju med John Lennon fra 1970 er imidlertid pensum for alle som tror at drama, beskyldninger og catty bakholdsangrep er noe man finner i one-hit-jentegrupper med en gjennomsnittsalder på atten og lipgloss nok til å bruke hverandres lepper som sminkespeil og en mild berømmelse som forlengst er gått til hodet på alle involverte. «Brotherhood of man»-mannen sier om Pauls nye album:

– I thought Paul’s was rubbish. I think he’ll make a better one, when he’s frightened into it. But I thought that first one was just a lot of…

Og om «Let It Be»:
– Also I felt… that film was set-up by Paul for Paul. That is one of the main reasons the Beatles ended. I can’t speak for George, but I pretty damn well know we got fed up of being side-men for Paul … The camera work was set-up to show Paul and not anybody else. And that’s how I felt about it. On top of that, the people that cut it, did it as if Paul is God and we are just lyin’ around there. And that’s what I felt. And I knew there were some shots of Yoko and me that had been just chopped out of the film for no other reason than the people were oriented for Englebert Humperdinck. I felt sick.

Om selve bruddet:
– After Brian died, we collapsed. Paul took over and supposedly led us. But what is leading us, when we went round in circles? … Paul had an impression, he has it now like a parent, that we should be thankful for what he did for keeping the Beatles going. But when you look back upon it objectively, he kept it going for his own sake.

McCartney er en smule mer forsiktig om øyeblikket Lennon sa han ville vekk:
– He went on to explain that it was rather a good feelin’ to get it off his chest ? a bit like when he told his wife about a divorce, that he’d had a sort of feeling of relief. Which was very nice for him, but we didn’t get much of a good feeling.

Og om Lennons intervju med Rolling Stone:
– Oh I hated it. I sat down and pored over every little paragraph, every little sentence. ‘Does he really think that of me?’ And at the same time, I thought ‘It’s me. I am. That’s just what I’m like. He’s captured me so well; I’m a turd.’

Det mest slående for en som leser dette i dag er kanskje det manglende filteret, at disse voksne, medievante mennene forteller i slik detalj, med slik åpenbar såret stolthet, med slik tidvis smålighet, om hvorfor eventyret deres tok slutt. Det er noe litt vakkert og uskyldig og nesten beklemmende over det hele. Kanskje er det på grunn av dette at Gilmore har følt behov for å skrive en seks siders utgreiing om hvorfor han har skrevet det han har skrevet, der han så vakkert legger vekt på det romantiske med de fire raggete guttene:

– Now, these years later, I think of the Beatles as one of the most romantic and dramatic exemplars of democracy that helped move youth culture in the 1960s: They were themselves a democratic unit ? all for one, one for all, and in times of disagreement, they nonetheless enjoyed a fraternal sense of accord that made consensus a functional part of their shared dreams.

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Publisert 24. august 2009.

3 kommentarer:

 

Stian

25.aug.2009 kl.18:11

Artikkelen du refererer til er den ny eller er den fra way back when, merker jeg fikk mer enn litt lyst til å lese den.

Stian

25.aug.2009 kl.18:20

Det greide jeg visst fint å finne ut av selv, men takk for en flott artikkel.

Inger Merete

26.aug.2009 kl.17:53

Det var da så lite. Skulle gjerne supplert med mer fra selve coverstoryen, men den må tydeligvis både du og jeg kjøpe papirutgaven for å finne.
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