John Lennon’s furious handwritten reply to Paul McCartney’s Beatles criticisms

John Lennon was enraged with Paul McCartney in the 1970s, after the band had disbanded. The situation deteriorated after McCartney gave a candid interview. Lennon was so enraged that he sent a letter to be published in which he stated, “I am John And Yoko!”  In 1970, The Beatles officially disbanded. Although there are numerous tales about who initiated the breakup and who was to blame, the central point is that the band members disliked one another. John Lennon and Paul McCartney were particularly at odds with one another.

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By being candid in a 1971 interview with Melody Maker, McCartney unavoidably exacerbated the situation. Lennon did not take it well and responded with a letter of his own. Lennon’s handwritten letter was recently sold for $40,000 at the Gotta Have Rock and Roll auction. The entry stated, “John was so enraged after reading the interview that he sent Melody Maker this three-page, signed and hand-annotated letter addressed to Paul, requesting equal time in his own handwriting.”  The letter itself criticized McCartney’s recent actions, in which he spoke aggressively about Lennon’s wife, Yoko Ono, and sued the band.

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Angry Lennon wrote: “It’s all well and good to portray’simple, honest human Paul’ in Melody Maker… Nonetheless, if you are not the aggressor (as you claim), then who the hell dragged us to court and urinated on us in public?” Lennon became vindictive in the letter, addressing the song Imagine, which McCartney had previously criticized.  He attacked: “For conservatives like yourself, it’s “Working Class [Hero]” with sugar on top. Clearly, you did not appreciate the words. Imagine!”  The Imagine singer also responded to criticisms directed at his wife, Ono.

He spat furiously: “We were most perplexed by the request to meet WITHOUT LINDA AND YOKO. I know you’re a hippie! However, let us not go too far! I believed you would have realized BY NOW that my name is JOHNANDYOKO.” Despite the fact that the two musicians were at odds at the time, Lennon concluded the letter on a hopeful note.  In a touching note, he concluded, “No hard feelings to you either.”  Lennon stated, “I know we essentially want the same thing, and as I said on the phone and in this letter, all you have to do to meet me is call me whenever you desire.”  McCartney stated a year ago that he was not responsible for The Beatles’ split. McCartney has often been viewed as the reason for the split of the Fab Four.

But during a candid discussion in 2021, he interjected: “Stop immediately. I am not the person responsible for the rift. Oh no, no, no.” In fact, he blamed Lennon and his dramatic tendencies for the entire split. McCartney recalled, “John walked into the room one day and announced, “I’m leaving the Beatles.” As if that were insufficient, McCartney stated that Lennon added: “It is quite exciting. It’s similar to a divorce.” McCartney stated that he and fellow bandmates George Harrison and Ringo Starr had to “pick up the pieces.” He reassured the reporter that he did not initiate the rift. Our Johnny came in one day and announced, “I’m leaving.”

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