An important piece of Beatles history awaits – John Lennonunpleasant reaction to a Paul McCartney interview, and it provides a lot of insight into the script duo’s complicated relationship.
John sent a letter to Paul a few days after an interview criticizing him and the Beatles appeared in the British music magazine Melody Maker in November 1971, and John’s response was mostly gay. harsh … but also full of thought and begging.
From the jump, John’s frustration with Paul is clear…telling Paul that he is ungrateful for all the money he received from The Beatles. Like 3 pages of mail At length, John took issue with Paul dropping his song “Imagine” and scolded Paul for the band’s indecision in the breakup.
The Beatles had been disbanded for over a year at the time and were haggling over money. In the letter, John begs Paul to see him without a lawyer… then turns around and accuses Paul of buying shares in another record company behind his back.
George Harrison and Ringo Starr was also arrested, when John tore Paul for telling the magazine George and Ringo would break him – and also accused Paul of threatening Ringo and his wife, Maureen.
The typed letter, including some handwritten additions and John’s signature, is being auctioned off by Gotta Have Rock and Roll … and is expected to earn at least $30,000.
John also sent a letter to the editor of the magazine Melody Maker Richard Williamsscribbled begging him to publish it… and it appeared in the magazine a few weeks after Paul’s interview took place.
There is also a fascinating postscript. John said he was confused when Paul’s interview mentioned leaving their wives, Linda and Yoko Onoout of controversy … to which John replied, “I think NOW you understand that I am JOHNANDYOKO.”
Noteworthy … Peter JacksonDisney’s + documentary, “Get Back” frames John and Paul’s relationship as friendly, but this letter shows just how fractured their friendship was after 1970.