Ono she didn’t! Yoko champions new Beatles documentary Get Back after director Peter Jackson claimed she wasn’t responsible for disbanding the Fab Four
Yoko Ono has shown her support for her depiction in new Beatles documentary, Get Back, which fans believe dispel claims that she was responsible for The Fab Four’s break-up.
The Japanese artist, who was married to John Lennon from 1969 until his murder in 1980, has long been blamed for breaking up the iconic band – comprised of John, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr – and for ‘ruining’ her husband.
The new Disney+ documentary covers the making of the Beatles’ 1970 album Let It Be, which had the working title of Get Back, with fans praising Yoko for her ‘unassuming’ nature in the film – with Yoko showing her gratitude by retweeting a story about fans’ reaction.
Vindicated: Yoko Ono has shown her support for her depiction in new Beatles documentary, Get Back, which fans believe dispel claims that she was responsible for The Fab Four’s break-up (pictured with John Lennon in 1970)
This also comes as the documentary’s director Peter Jackson also stated that Yoko wasn’t responsible for the band going their separate ways in 1969
The Beatles: Get Back takesd audiences back in time to The Beatles’ intimate recording sessions and exuberant performances during a pivotal moment in music history.
In footage from the film, Yoko is seen quietly reading the newspaper and snacking while the band record around her.
One fan wrote: ‘Feel like pop culture made the Yoko situation seem more tense than it was, she’s just kinda chilling, chatting with Linda.’
Iconic: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr are pictured in 1966 – 3 years before the band split
Another typed: ‘Biggest band in the world workshopping new songs together, Yoko reads the newspaper. Amazing.’
While a third wrote: ‘Watching “Get Back” and learning how Yoko destroyed the Beatles by sitting quietly and reading the paper and sorting through her mail.’
Director Peter Jackson also told 60 Minutes recently: ‘I have no issues with Yoko in the sense… I can understand from George and Paul and Ringo’s point of view it’s, like, a little strange.
‘But the thing with Yoko, though, that they have to say, is that she doesn’t impose herself. She’s writing letters, she’s reading letters, she’s doing sewing, she’s doing painting, sometimes some artwork off to the side.
‘She never has opinions about the stuff they’re doing. She never says, ‘Oh, I think the previous take was better than that one.’ She’s a very benign presence and she doesn’t interfere in the slightest.’
Paul recently admitted the upcoming flick ‘reaffirmed’ for him that he wasn’t to blame for their split.
Macca said this month: ‘It was so reaffirming for me. Because it proves that my main memory of the Beatles was the joy and the skill.
‘The proof is the footage. I bought into the dark side of the Beatles breaking up and thought, ‘Oh God, I’m to blame.’ I knew I wasn’t, but it’s easy when the climate is that way to start thinking so.
Couple: Lennon and Ono first met at an art exhibition in London in 1966 and they married in 1969, months after she had divorced Anthony Cox (pictured November 1980 – one month before John’s murder)
‘But at the back of my mind there was always this idea that it wasn’t like that, but I needed to see proof. There’s a great photo Linda [his late ex-wife] took, which is my favourite, of me and John working on a song, glowing with joy. This footage is the same. All four of us having a ball.’
Hailing Lord of the Rings filmmaker Jackson’s work on the flick, Paul added: ‘I love it, I must say because it’s how it was. It just reminds me of – even though we had arguments, like any family – we loved each other, you know, and it shows in the film.
‘It’s a very warm feeling, And it’s amazing just being backstage with these people, making this music that turned out to be good.’
In 2018 Paul also shut down the rumour that Yoko was to blame for breaking up The Beatles once and for all.
Sir Paul told Howard Stern that he and the other Beatles members had found Ono ‘intrusive’, but that they ‘respected’ her and Lennon’s relationship.
Her support: The new Disney+ documentary covers the making of the Beatles’ 1970 album Let It Be, which had the working title of Get Back, with fans praising Yoko for her ‘unassuming’ nature in the film – with Yoko showing her gratitude by retweeting a story about fans’ reaction
‘There was a meeting where John came in and said, ‘I’m leaving the group’,’ he told Stern in a new SiriusXM interview.
‘And looking back on it, he’d reached that stage in his life. We all had.
Speaking to the radio host about Ono and Lennon, Sir Paul said that while The Beatles found the Japanese artist intrusive at the time, he can now see how much his late bandmate loved her.
‘Even though we thought she was intrusive, because she used to sit in on the recording sessions, and we’d never had anything like that.
‘But looking back on it, you think, ‘The guy was totally in love with her. And you’ve just got to respect that.’ So we did. And I do.’
Support: Fans praised Yoko for her ‘chilled nature’ during the film
Lennon and Ono first met at an art exhibition in London in 1966 and they married in 1969, months after she had divorced Anthony Cox.
They remained together until he was shot dead in front of her by Mark David Chapman outside their New York apartment in December 1980.
Ono, who is now 88, lives in a nine-room apartment in New York and reportedly needs 24-hour care due to her frailty.
A trailer released for the film starts with a camera crew setting up before changing to shots of the band singing Don’t Let Me Down.
The caption reads: ‘In January 1969, a camera crew was given unprecedented access to document The Beatles at work.
‘This resulted in over 57 hours of the most intimate footage ever shot of the band. The footage has been locked in a vault for half a century. Unseen…until now.’
In the next montage The Fab Four are seen busily writing songs for the new album which they had to do in just under three weeks.
Paul is then heard saying enthusiastically to the other members: ‘There is a show to be had! Once we get over the nerves.’
He goes on to say of the time pressure to be ready for the show: ‘The best bit of us always has been and always will be when we have our backs against the wall. all we’ve got is us!’
It finishes showing the band as they finally prepare to head on stage for the show and play the opening notes of the set.
The film showcases the warmth, camaraderie and creative genius that defined the legacy of the iconic foursome.
The show follows the story of the iconic Liverpool band as they plan their first live show in over two years, using unseen footage (filmed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg) and more than 150 hours of unheard audio, all of which has been brilliantly restored.
The film charts the writing and rehearsing of 14 new songs, originally intended for release on an accompanying live album.
The Beatles: Get Back also features other songs and classic compositions featured on the band’s final two albums, Abbey Road and Let It Be.
The documentary features – for the first time in its entirety – The Beatles’ last live performance as a group, the unforgettable rooftop concert on London’s Savile Row.
On 30 January 1969, the Beatles enacted the final public performance of their career with an unannounced concert held from the rooftop of their Apple Corps headquarters at 3 Savile Row, within central London’s office and fashion district.
They were joined by keyboardist Billy Preston, the band played a 42-minute set ending with the conclusion of ‘Get Back’ before the Metropolitan Police asked them to reduce the volume.
Wow: On 30 January 1969, the Beatles enacted the final public performance of their career with an unannounced concert held from the rooftop of their Apple Corps headquarters at 3 Savile Row, within central London’s office and fashion district
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