For decades the orthodoxy was that the Beatles split up in 1970 because they wanted to get out while they were at the top, and John Lennon had decided he’d had enough of the band. But a rarely aired tape of a Fab Four business meeting (minus Ringo, who was in hospital) tells a very different story. John Lennon recorded the meeting when the release of Abbey Road was just a couple of weeks away. According to the mythology, the band knew this album would be their last.
Beatles’ biographer Mark Lewisohn – author of the 2013 book The Beatles – All These Years: Volume One: Tune In, chronicling the Beatles story up to 1962 – is the man behind these new revelations. He has used as his source an obscure tape that John Lennon made back in September 1969, two weeks before the Beatles’ final album, Abbey Road was released.