Paul McCartney Says That He and John Lennon Needed 'Creative Rivalry'

(Classic Rock) Paul McCartney has said that both he and Beatles bandmate John Lennon needed the creative rivalry that spanned their careers. But he argues that it was a positive relationship, and not the negative one that it's often regarded to have been.

In an excerpt from a book, Mojo reports how McCartney's 1980 track Coming Up inspired Lennon to write his last album Double Fantasy. McCartney says: "I saw a John documentary and somebody was saying, 'I brought this record of Paul's to John and played it for him.' John went, 'Oh, f***ing hell, the bastard's done something good - I've gotta work!'

"I love the idea of forcing him up off his arse. We were always doing that with each other." He adds: "People sometimes see it as an arch rivalry - it wasn't. It was a friendly competition that was actually very necessary." Read more here.

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