Paul McCartney looked back at his favorite photo of him and John Lennon, taken by his then-future wife Linda Eastman. McCartney is publicizing the upcoming Linda McCartney Retrospective which runs in Glasgow, Scotland at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery from July 5th through January 12th, 2020.

McCartney recalled the iconic shot of him and Lennon taken in October 1968 at London's Abbey Road Studios while in the home stretch of recording sessions for the “White Album.” He told The Guardian, This is me and John, in Abbey Road. It wasn’t too long before the breakup of the Beatles; this would be the end of our relationship and, at the end, when the breakup happened, it was kind of sour — very difficult to deal with. The rumor started going around that John and I didn’t get on well, we were arch-rivals, that it was very heavy and ugly. The strange thing is you sometimes get to believe something, if it’s said enough times. So I used to think: 'Yeah, it’s a pity, y'know, we didn’t get on that well.'”

He went on to say that the sight of the two friends sitting so close together and laughing means the world to him: “This picture is a blessing for me. It’s like, this is how we were: this is why we related, or else we couldn’t have collaborated for all that time. It sums up what our relationship was like the minute we were actually working on a song, and most of the time we were together, really. I’m just writing something out — possibly it’s a medley or something; it might be for Abbey Road — and it’s lovely, because John is very happily in on the process, and agreeing with me, and we’re laughing about something. Just seeing the joy between us here really helped me, because it reminds me that the idea we weren’t friends is rubbish. We were lifelong friends, our relationship was super-special.”

McCartney went on to say that the affection between him and Lennon was shared by all four Beatles: “That applied to all the Beatles, even when we were pissed off with each other from time to time. People used to remind me: that’s families, that happens. Mates disagree. As soon as we started working on music, we gelled, we just enjoyed the noise we made together, we enjoyed playing with each other. We’d worked together for over 10,000 hours over the years, and that old spirit automatically kicked in. Any disputes were got over very quickly.”

Paul McCartney says he looks back on his partnership with John Lennon with great affection: “We had a great collaboration. I mean, I don't think there's any doubt about that. Certainly from my point of view, John was like a great person to work with. He must've thought I was a great person to work with 'cause we stuck together for all that time. We'd grown up together.”

Shortly before her death in 2015, Lennon's first wife, Cynthia Lennon, said that watching Lennon and McCartney collaborate in the early days was always an incredible experience: “They were absolutely wrapped up in their music. And their friendship was so — you could taste it almost — the essence of what they were doing was so tight-knit. And the balance of John and Paul's lyrics and way of thinking and way of creating the music — well it was fascinating, the whole thing.”

IN OTHER McCARTNEY NEWS

Paul McCartney wrote a letter to Texas A&M University (TAMU) President Michael K. Young urging him to stop the school's alleged experimentation on dogs on the campus. PETA released footage allegedly showing the dogs being used for experimentation in curing muscular dystrophy.

On June 26th, the former Beatle wrote: “The video footage of golden retrievers in your university’s dog laboratory is heartbreaking. I have had dogs since I was a boy and loved them all dearly, including Martha, who was my companion for about 15 years and about whom I wrote the song 'Martha My Dear.' Please do the right thing by ending the suffering of dogs in TAMU’s muscular dystrophy laboratory and switching to modern research methods instead.” (NME)

Paul McCartney shed light on the importance of vegetarianism and animal rights to him: “I don't see why they shouldn't have the chance that we have, and the freedom that we have, and the chance to live a good life, so that's why I think it's important to protect the animals.”