Paul McCartney revisited the Beatles breakup in a new interview with British GQ, and he says the lawsuit he filed 50 years ago to split up the band led to the wave of reissue projects they've done the past two decades.
McCartney said, "The only way for me to save The Beatles and Apple -- and to release Get Back by Peter Jackson and which allowed us to release Anthology and all these great remasters of all the great Beatles records -- was to sue the band."
He also claimed “If I hadn’t done that, it would have all belonged to Allen Klein. The only way I was given to get us out of that was to do what I did. I said, ‘Well, I’ll sue Allen Klein,’ and I was told I couldn’t because he wasn’t party to it. ‘You’ve got to sue The Beatles.'" Klein took over handling the Beatles business affairs in 1969.
McCartney added, “I also knew that, if I managed to save it, I would be saving it for them too. Because they were about to give it away. They loved this guy Klein. And I was saying, ‘He’s a idiot.""
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