End of an Era: Why Did the Beatles Break Up?

Sunday, September 17, 2023

The end of The Beatles marked the end of an era. The enduring question – over 50 years after the event – persists: why did The Beatles split up? In reality, the breakup of The Beatles was multifaceted and complex: money problems, Brian Epstein’s death, John’s relationship with Yoko, not to mention creative divergences, internal power struggles, and the evolving artistic impulses of all four Beatles. Nonetheless, at the end of the day, the pivotal factor was John Lennon’s abrupt decision to quit the band.

In 1966, The Beatles finally decided to stop performing live after years of relentless touring. The plan was to focus on recording and the results were momentous. The release of ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ (1967) changed the musical landscape forever and secured The Beatle’s status as counter-cultural icons.

However, Brian Epstein’s death in 1967 left the Beatles without their manager – a charismatic figure that handled their finances, and more importantly, their egos. Lennon, Harrison, and Ringo wanted the manager of the Rolling Stones, Allen Klein to take over, while Paul McCartney favored his soon-to-be wife Linda’s father to assume responsibility.

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