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

10/02/2015
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(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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