A letter has been auctioned off that revived the friction between John Lennon and Paul McCartney which resulted in the break up of the “Fab Four” in 1971.
While there was very little public comment by the Beatles at that time, the letter from John Lennon to Paul McCartney and his wife Linda reveals a very tense relationship, in large part aimed towards Linda McCartney, who had chastised Lennon for not openly announcing his departure from the Beatles.
The letter was revealed previously in a book collection published in 2013, but now the actual document – undated, but believed to be written shortly after the break up – has been sold by American online site RR Auction for $29,843.
Excerpts from the letter begins with “I was reading your letter and wondering what middle-aged cranky Beatle fan wrote it.
“I resisted looking at the last page to find out. I kept thinking who is it, Queenie? Stuart’s mother? Clive Epstein’s wife? Alan Williams? What the hell – it’s Linda! Who do you think we/you are?
“The ‘self-indulgent doesn’t realise who he is hurting’ bit – I hope you realise what you and the rest of my ‘kind and unselfish’ friends laid on Yoko and me since we’ve been together.
Lennon goes on to say: “Linda, if you don’t care what I say shut up! Let Paul write or whatever.”
He also seems to answer Linda McCartney’s anger for John not revealing his decision to leave, indicating that both Paul himself and the band’s manager Allen Klein both spent the day convincing him it was better not to say anything because it would ‘hurt the Beatles’ and “let’s just let it petre out”.
The letter, which includes profanity, is embedded below.
Photo: Wikimedia Commons (colorized) | Letter scans: RR Auction