John Lennon’s angry letter to Paul McCartney goes up for auction

John Lennon's angry letter to Paul McCartney is up for auction

Paul McCartney and John Lennon in 1964
A small slice of one of music's most notorious feuds is up for grabs at the Gotta Have Rock And Roll auction site. John Lennon's angry request for "same time" was published in Melody Maker magazine after an interview with his former collaborator Paul McCartney. The copy of the letter, signed by Lennon, is expected to cost $30,000 per stereogum.
Lennon and McCartney exchanged many barbs during their post-Beatles years, both in their music and in the press. McCartney's Ram track "Too Many People" prompted Lennon's vicious "How Do You Sleep" (which had the added sting of featuring George Harrison on guitar), prompting McCartney to complain to Melody Maker about the song and to claim that Lennon's pre-Imagine music was "too political".
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"So you're thinking 'Imagine' isn't political, it's 'Working Class Here' [sic] with sugar on it for conservatives like you!! You obviously didn't understand the words. Introduce! You took 'How Do You Sleep' so literally," wrote an outraged Lennon in response.
There's been some back-and-forth over the group's imminent business dissolution, but his particular ire is directed at McCartney's dismissal of Lennon's partnership with wife Yoko Ono. "Want to put your photo on the label like uncool John and Yoko, yeah? (Have no shame!),” he wrote. "If we're not cool WHAT DOES THIS MAKE YOU......" In a postscript, he added, "What really confused us was the request to meet WITHOUT LINDA AND YOKO. I thought you understood by now that I'm JOHNANDYOKO."
The fascination with Beatles mythology has not waned in the more than 50 years since the band broke up; Just look at how many people sat down for Peter Jackson's Emmy-nominated eight-hour docu-series Get Back. The group's influence on music and pop culture can't be erased (or...can it?). And now that you've got thirty grand, you can have a little bit of that history for yourself.
Paul McCartney
English musician, member of The Beatles (born 1942)
John Lennon
English singer and songwriter, founding member of The Beatles (1940–1980)

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