John Lennon’s bitter 1971 letter to Paul McCartney for auction

written message from John Lennon to me Paul McCartney It is currently up for auction, but its content is far from in tune.

Lennon sent the November 1971 letter afterwards Melody Maker Published an interview in which McCartney complained about the negotiations continuing to finally come to an end the Beatles‘ Business dealings.

“I just want the four of us to get together somewhere and sign a piece of paper that says it’s over and we want to split the money in four ways,” McCartney was quoted as saying. ‚ÄúThere won’t be anyone else, not even [wives] Linda [McCartney] or Yoko [Ono] or [controversial business manager] Allen Klein. We would just sign the paper and hand it to the businessmen and let them sort it. That’s all I want now, but John won’t. Everyone thinks I’m the aggressor but I’m not, you know. I just want to get out.”

Lennon’s scathing response to his “obsessive old friend” arrived four days later: “Maybe there is an answer somewhere…but for the millionth time in the past few years, I repeat, what about taxes?”

Continues to process McCartney’s comments on Lennon imagine He defends his new home in New York City, and accuses McCartney of buying shares of another record company behind his back, among other concerns.

Now, the three-page letter is being auctioned off Gotta rock ‘n’ roll She is expected to earn about $30,000. You can view the full text over here.

Lennon also wrote some additional ideas by hand. One addressed to Richard Williams, then editor Melody MakerWho requests the publication of the letter in the magazine. Lennon rudely refers to a US law, “equal time,” which requires broadcasters to treat political candidates the same way with respect to airtime.

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The footer at the end of the letter counters Lennon’s harsh tone and offers a kind of truce: “No hard feelings for you either. I know we want basically the same thing, and as I said on the phone and in this letter, whenever you want to meet, all you have to do is call “.

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