John Lennon’s unqualified letter to Paul McCartney gets a hefty prize

“Get Back,” Peter Jackson’s documentary about The Beatles, was a multi-hour tour de force that gave Beatles fans and music lovers an unguarded and unfiltered peek behind the carefully crafted lens of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll group of all time. In their review of the series, The Guardian wrote that Paul McCartney doesn’t come across as “some kind of controlling ego monster” as previously thought. Rather, we see McCartney striving to support his bandmates, offering pathos and understanding while seemingly creating some killer melodies from scratch (he was just such a *so* good songwriter). But since the documentary didn’t shy away from showing how some relationships and tensions faltered (George Harrison left the band in the middle of the “Let It Be” sessions and had to be persuaded again by McCartney and John Lennon), it’s understandable The Fab Four disbanded just a year later after recording “Abbey Road” on RadioX.

But now that friendly atmosphere displayed between McCartney and Lennon in the documentary is being called into question with a private letter – sent by Lennon to McCartney a year after the Beatles broke up – that is up for auction. And Lennon is outspoken when it comes to his true feelings about his former songwriting partner.

John Lennon accused Paul McCartney of being ungrateful, angry and aggressive

In 1971, a year after the Beatles broke up, Paul McCartney gave an interview to the now defunct music magazine Melody Maker, and when John Lennon read it, he wasn’t too pleased. Lennon fires off a typewritten letter to McCartney and cc’ing the Melody Maker editor (via TMZ), accusing McCartney of a whole bunch of bad behavior.

After accusing McCartney of ingratitude for the money he made from the Beatles, scoffing at McCartney’s criticism of a Toronto charity show that The Plastic Ono Band played in 1969, and dismissing McCartney’s criticism of their song “Imagine,” Lennon wrote : “If you aren’t you the attacker (as you claim) who the hell took us to court and screwed us in public? called two weeks ago? Who said they would ‘get’ us at any cost? While the letter has its sweet and charming moments — he cheekily calls McCartney his “obsessed old pal” — Lennon ends with a reminder that he can’t be separated from his wife, Yoko Ono. “I thought you understood NOW that I am JOHNANDYOKO.”

The three-page letter is being auctioned off by Gotta Have Rock and Roll and is expected to fetch between $30,000 and $40,000. We like to think that wherever Lennon is now, he’s giggling that his angry writing is worth $10,000 a page!

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