Did Paul McCartney just throw street fighting words at Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones?
The former Beatle, 79, opened up the long-standing debate over which British acts were greatest in a new interview on The New Yorker.
Discussing the development and evolution of The Beatles with editor David Remnick, McCartney suggested that he and his band mates were working with a broader musical palette. “I’m not sure I should say it, but this is a blues cover band, kind of what the Stones are,” McCartney told Remnick. “I think our net was a bit wider than theirs.”
While most would agree that the Beatles were the most successful rock band of all time, the Rolling Stones dubbed themselves “the greatest rock & roll band in the world” in the late 1960s, just before disbandment. of the Beatles.
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The Stones initially covered songs from other authors, including “It’s All Over Now,” written by Bobby Womack (and his sister-in-law Shirley Womack) and even “I Wanna Be Your Man,” written by John Lennon and McCartney.
But by 1965, with songs like “The Last Time” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were writing most of the Stones’ songs.
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This friendly back and forth (?) Between the Beatles and the Stones has been going on for decades. In an interview with Rolling Stone in 1970, Lennon said, “They’re not in the same class, in terms of music or power, they never have been.”
Jagger and McCartney also faced off a year ago, after McCartney told Howard Stern, “There are a lot of differences, and I love the Stones, but I’m with you. The Beatles were better.”
In response, Jagger said, “It’s so funny,” he said. “He’s a lover. There is obviously no competition.”
However, he went on to say on “The Zane Lowe Show” on Apple Music that there was a difference between the groups. “The Rolling Stones are a great gig band in other decades and other areas when the Beatles never even toured the arenas, Madison Square Garden with a decent sound system,” a- he declared.
“That’s the real big difference between these two groups. Fortunately, one group still plays in the stadiums, and the other group does not exist.
This latest Sir Paul slam precedes McCartney’s “The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present”, a book slated for release on November 2, which brings together lyrics from 154 of his songs, including “Eleanor Rigby” and “Band on the Run” and the release of “The Beatles: Get Back”, the documentary series directed by Peter Jackson, coming to Disney + in three parts on November 25, 26 and 27.
The Rolling Stones have not commented on McCartney’s recent statements, and Jagger and Richards’ Twitter feeds have not responded.
In an upcoming interview on an episode of BBC Radio 4’s “This Cultural Life” to air on October 23, McCartney said it was John Lennon who wanted to disband The Beatles, The Associated Press reported. , he said. He was our Johnny. ”
McCartney also had a few words for Lennon in the New Yorker’s extensive interview. The subject was raised about the timing of the breakup and Lennon’s accusations of “Let it Be” cameras orchestrated to highlight McCartney and that the other Beatles “were fed up with being Paul’s mates.”
Remnick wrote that McCartney laughed at this and said. “John has talked a lot about bull ****.”
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