John Lennon’s angry letter to ‘my obsessive old friend’ Paul McCartney goes up for auction after Beatles split

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John Lennon wrote an angry letter to Paul McCartney after the Beatles split.

The original document is now going for sale on music memorabilia website Gotta Have Rock and Roll, where it is expected to go for $40,000 (£33,000).

The hand-written three-page letter was written by the “Imagine” singer in November 1971.

It comes 18 months after the band split and sees Lennon’s comments on McCartney suing The Beatles and a recent interview with them. melody maker magazine.

Addressing “my obsessive old friend”, Lennon writes that “it’s playing ‘simple, honest ole ‘human Paul’ pretty well.” melody makerBut you know very well that we cannot just sign a paper”.

“If you’re not the aggressor (as you claim), who took us to court and publicly s**** on us?” writes Lennon. “Like I’ve said before – have you ever wondered That you could be wrong about something?”

He also called out McCartney for claiming that “Imagine” is “not political”, writing: “You clearly didn’t dig the words… your politics are the same as Mary Whitehouse’s – ‘anything. Saying no is as loud as saying something!’

McCartney and Lennon in 1964

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Lennon concluded the letter: “I have no hard feelings for you either. I know that’s basically what we want, and as I told you over the phone and in this letter, whenever you want to meet, you should Just have to call.

In an interview last year, McCartney said that he still blames Lennon for the Beatles split.

“I did not provoke partition. That was our Johnny,” McCartney said. “It was my band, this was my job, this was my life, so I wanted to keep it going.”