“Ain’t She Sweet”

From 1995’s The Beatles Anthology DVD: George Harrison plays the ukulele, Paul McCartney sings, Ringo Starr keeps time. 


  1. cymast

     /  February 12, 2009


    By wary of reading personal info about artists you like or find interesting.

  2. acilius

     /  February 12, 2009

    That is absolutely true of the Beatles. I’ve seen lots of documentaries about them, they all start off with so much joy that it’s impossible not to be drawn in, by the end they are unbelievably depressing. Someplace or other a few years ago I read a line that stuck with me, something like “Why does the history of the Beatles always end up feeling like the saddest story in the world?” I don’t remember who the writer was, whoever it was was someone who’d made a study of the Holocaust, and STILL the breakup of the Beatles seemed like the saddest story in the world to him.

  3. cymast

     /  February 12, 2009

    I haven’t read/seen a Beatles documentary in its entirety, just bits and pieces. What strikes me is the description of the abuse in the marriages. The psychological abuse John endured, and the physical abuse Ringo’s wife endured. And more recently, the cruelty of Paul in the throes of his divorce. Of course this is all just what I’ve read, and I try to take that into consideration. I guess George was the quiet one.

  4. acilius

     /  February 12, 2009

    I never like to rush to judgment, but it certainly is hard to look at a man with much respect after a one-legged woman has told the world that he used to hit her.

  5. cymast

     /  February 12, 2009

    So Paul is also a domestic abuser, I didn’t know that. I had read he filed a restraining order against his ex because she retrieved a couple bottles of cleaner from the house, or something like that.

  6. acilius

     /  February 13, 2009

    Who knows what the facts are- once a divorce gets rolling and the lawyers set to work, the parties often lose all sense of proportion. All too often what they say isn’t necessarily what’s true, any more than what they do is necessarily what they think is right- it’s just what they think is needed to secure a victory. How often we’ve all seen a divorce battle get out of hand among people we know- it’s only more likely that a couple who have vast sums of money to fight over will go off the deep end.

    So I don’t know whether Paul McCartney actually beat his wife. All I’m saying is that I can’t assume that he didn’t, I can’t trust him not to be the sort of man who would. So there’s always something disappointing about him.

  7. cymast

     /  February 13, 2009

    Whenever someone tells me they’ve survived abuse, I alway assume they actually did survive abuse, until the alledged pepetrator proves otherwise. That’s just the way I am- kind of like the military.

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