John Lennon’s brutal breakup letter to Paul McCartney: ‘You s–t all over us’

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John Lennon cannot let this happen.

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An angry letter written by Rocker to former bandmate Paul McCartney is expected to fetch up to $40,000 at auction.

The three-page diatribe was composed by the “Imagine” hitmaker in November 1971, 18 months after The Beatles’ illustrious breakup.

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The quote on the letter, which is open via the music memorabilia site Must be rock and roll It is currently $22,000.

At the time he sent the typed letter, Lennon – then aged 31 – was furious with McCartney. he did an interview Weeks ago with music magazine Melody Maker.

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The two had a long tumultuous relationship, but tensions escalated after McCartney The Beatles sued after their split in 1970. In the suit, McCartney sought to dissolve the band’s contractual partnership after Lennon and bandmates Ringo Starr and George Harrison appointed manager Alan Klein to preside over their financial affairs.

“It’s great to play ‘simple, honest ole ‘human Paul’ in Melody Maker… [but] If you’re not the attacker (as you claim), who took us to court and didn’t attack us publicly?” Lennon asked aggressively in the letter.

Lennon and McCartney had a long and complicated relationship. 1963 featured rock superstars together.
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The Beatles presented together in 1965.  From left to right: George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.
The Beatles posed together in 1965. From left to right: George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.
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An angry letter written by Rocker to former bandmate Paul McCartney is expected to fetch up to $40,000 at auction.
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The pair's cold relationship melted in later years, but they never played together in public again.  McCartney last saw Lennon in 1976 when he was visiting his former bandmate in New York City.
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The pair's cold relationship melted in later years, but they never played together in public again.  McCartney last saw Lennon in 1976 when he was visiting his former bandmate in New York City.
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“Like I’ve said before – have you ever thought you could be wrong about something?” He added sharp.

“Your conceit about us and Klein is unbelievable,” the rocker further declared, defending Beatles bandmates Starr and Harrison.

While most of Lennon’s complaints centered on the financial decline following the Beatles split, he also attacked McCartney’s politics, accusing him of being a closet conservative.

At the time, Lennon was a vocal opponent of the Vietnam War and wrote his own peace anthem, “Imagine”. In the Melody Maker interview, McCartney hit out at Lennon’s songwriting, saying that “there was too much political baggage.”

“Your politics (conservative activists) are similar to those of Mary Whitehouse,” Lennon quipped in his correspondence. “Saying nothing is the same as saying nothing.”

Paul McCartney with his wife Linda and their children Mary and Heather is pictured in 1971.
Paul McCartney posing with his wife, Linda, and their children, Mary and Heather, in 1971.
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Lennon and wife Yoko Ono are pictured in 1970, a year before the writing of Lennon's letter.
Pictured in 1970, a year before the writing of Lennon’s letter to John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono.
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Lennon also defended his relationship with wife Yoko Ono—who has long been accused of breaking up the Beatles.

He wrote, “The thing that really surprised us was asking to meet without Linda and Yoko… I thought by now you would have understood that I was Jonandyoko.”

However, the superstar signed off on his letter saying that “there were no hard feelings.”

“I know that’s basically what we want, and like I said over the phone and in this letter, whenever you want to meet, all you have to do is call,” Lennon concluded.

Lennon is pictured in 1971, the same year he wrote the letter.  The Beatles split a year ago.
Lennon is pictured in 1971, the year he wrote the letter. The Beatles split a year ago.
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The pair’s cold relationship melted in later years, but they never played together in public again. McCartney last saw Lennon in 1976 when he was visiting his former bandmate in New York City.

The two continued to talk on the phone before Lennon was assassinated in 1980.

In his later years, McCartney has frequently spoken about his poor relationship with Lennon, whom he met as a youth.

“Come Together” crooner raised eyebrows Back in 2018 when he admitted that he once masturbated on a night out together with other male friends.

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