John Lennon’s indignant letter to Paul McCartney is up for public sale

John Lennon's angry letter to Paul McCartney goes up for auction

Paul McCartney and John Lennon in 1964
Photo: William Vanderson (Getty Images)

A small piece of one of music’s most infamous controversies is up for grabs on the Gotta Have Rock and Roll auction site. John Lennon’s impassioned plea for “equal time” has been published. Melody maker following an interview given by his former collaborator Paul McCartney. A copy of Lennon’s signed letter is expected to fetch $30,000 for Stereogum.

Lennon and McCartney traded many post-Beatle barbs in their music and in the press. McCartney’s calm the track “Too Many People” led to Lennon’s bewitching “How Do You Sleep” (which featured even more George Harrison on guitar), prompting McCartney to complain about the song. Melody maker and claim that Lennon in advanceImagine the music was “too political”.

“So you think ‘imagine’ isn’t political, it’s ‘working class’. [sic] with sugar for conservatives like you!! You obviously didn’t make up the words. Imagine! “You took ‘How do you sleep’ so literally,” wrote a furious Lennon in his reply.

There are several opinions about the pending business failure of the group, but his particular anger is related to McCartney’s rejection of Lennon’s partnership with his wife. Yoko Ono. “You want to put your picture on the label like cool John and Yoko, don’t you?” (Aren’t you ashamed!)’ he wrote. “If we’re not cool, WHAT DOES IT DO TO YOU…. He added in the post’s script: “We were very confused by the request to meet WITHOUT LINDA AND YOKO. I thought you figured out by now that I’m JOHNANDYOK.

Fascination with The Beatles mythology hasn’t given up in the 50+ years since the band broke up; just look at how many people sat down Peter JacksonEmmy-nominated eight-hour documentaries to come back. There’s no erasing the band’s impact on music and pop culture (or…or may?). And now, if you have thirty thousand, you can have a little bit of that history for yourself.

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