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The Beatles’ latest documentary, Get Back, hit Disney Plus over the past week and showed off a new side to the Fab Four. Part two of the three-part series included a scene that showed John Lennon pulling Paul McCartney aside to air some grievances he had. They met at a cafeteria away from prying eyes – and cameras – to sort out their problems, and to discuss George Harrison’s growing frustrations with the band’s songwriting process.
A moment into the scene on-screen text tells viewers: “They [John and Paul] are unaware that the filmmakers have planted a hidden microphone in a flowerpot.”
McCartney launched into telling Lennon about how he wished both he and Harrison had “fought back” during their songwriting sessions.
Lennon replied by opening up: “Now, the only regret about the past numbers is when, because I’ve been so frightened, I’ve allowed you to take it somewhere where I didn’t want.
“And then, that my only chance was to let George take over, or interest George in it.”
Lennon went on to try and find a compromise with McCartney.
He explained how he thought the band should begin writing songs from then on.
He said: “If you give me your suggestions, let me reject them and pinch the one I like, [that] is where my writing side is.
“Same goes for the arranging, ’cause there was a period where none of us could actually say anything about your arrangements ’cause you would reject it all.”
The Beatles: Get Back trailer released by Disney
Lennon added: “A lot of the times you were right – and a lot of the times you were wrong.”
The Lennon-McCartney row followed issues Harrison had with McCartney earlier in the recording sessions.
The songwriters got into an argument about what to play during the recording of one of their Let It Be songs, prompting Harrison to say: “It’s not complicated. I mean, all I’m playing is the chords.”
McCartney retorted: “No, no, come on, you always gotta knock me when I say that. I’m trying to help you, but I always hear myself annoying you. It gets so that I can’t say-“
Harrison jabbed: “No, you’re not annoying me. You don’t annoy me anymore.”
Later Harrison pleaded with McCartney: “Okay, well, I don’t mind. I’ll play whatever you want me to play. Or I won’t play at all if you don’t want me to play. Whatever it is that will please you, I’ll do it.”
The new look at The Beatles’ recording process in Get Back focuses less on their drama and more on the fun the band had while together.
This new angle has already left the remaining band members, McCartney and Ringo Starr, pleased with the outcome.
Starr recently said: “I was always moaning about the original film because there was no real joy in it.
“I think everyone will enjoy Get Back, though, because you get to see this band work really hard and go through emotional ups and downs to get to where we got in the end. And we did get there. Every time.”
The Beatles Get Back is available on Disney Plus now.
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