Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director for Journalism Tim Riley, who has written extensively about the Beatles and rock history, takes a look into the Beatles breakup 50 years later. Among the divisive issues he cites are Paul McCartney sending mixed messages and John Lennon’s quiet displeasure for months.
The Beatles had symbolized the great communal spirit of the era. How could they possibly come apart? Few at the time were aware of the underlying fissures. The power struggles in the group had been mounting at least since their manager, Brian Epstein, died in August of 1967.