The Lennon/McCartney collaboration

 

Many people’s view of the Lennon/McCartney collaboration is a simplicistic one: that Lennon was the rough and ready rocker, while McCartney was the soft sentimentalist. While that might have been partially true, their relationship went a lot deeper than that. Perhaps the most important role each played for the other was that of unbiased critic. John was pretty much the only person in the world who could turn to Paul and say “That song is shit” – and Paul would take it. Paul was the only person who could look John in the eye and say “You’ve gone too far”. They were usually diplomatic with each other – Paul might say to John, “Oh, I think you can do better than that” or something similar – but that’s what it came down to. Certainly George Martin couldn’t get away with that. If he dared try, they would bite his head off” (Geoff Emerick, Here, there and everywhere, my life recording the music of the Beatles“)

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