Why did John Lennon “steal” the Get Back solo from George Harrison?

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We all know that intra-band relations were far from rosy in the Beatles camp by the time they were recording Let It Be in 1969.

From a guitar perspective, at least, this led to one of the more interesting moments in the band’s late period, with John Lennon, traditionally the band’s rhythm guitarist, taking over the lead slot from George Harrison for standout cut Get Back.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.