From Me To You: What was in Lennon’s 1971 ‘hate-filled’ letter to Paul & Linda?

From the Telegraph

‘I hope you realise what s— you laid on Yoko and me’: John Lennon’s hate-filled letter to the McCartneys’ goes on sale

John Lennon and Paul McCartney in 1969 CREDIT: AP

They may have got by with a little help from their friends in 1967, but four years later, relationships had soured between John Lennon and Paul McCartney, as a vitriolic letter from the former now shows.

An undated letter thought to have been written by Lennon in 1971 is up for auction for $20,000 (£16,000) with RR Auction.

Addressed to “Linda and Paul”, the typed letter – which has a letterhead of the faces of Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono – doesn’t hold back in addressing the recent break-up of The Beatles, Lennon’s relationship with the press and with Ono. It’s thought to be a response to a letter Linda McCartney had sent Lennon, chiding him for not openly announcing his departure from the band.

The Beatles publicly broke up in 1970, although Lennon left the band in September 1969 following a combination of the death of their manager, Brian Epstein, legal tussles over their record label and business Apple Corps, and McCartney and Lennon meeting Linda and Ono, respectively.


Lennon explains that he didn’t make his departure public because:

PAUL and Klein [Allen Klein, The Beatles’ new manager] both spent the day persuading me it was better not to say anything – asking me not to say anything because it would ‘hurt the Beatles’ – and ‘let’s just let it petre out’ – remember? So get that into your petty little perversion of a mind, Mrs. McCartney – the c—- asked me to keep quiet about it.

With regards to his and Ono’s relationship, Lennon writes:

I hope you realise what s— you and the rest of my ‘kind and unselfish’ friends laid on Yoko and me, since we’ve been together. It might have sometimes been a bit more subtle or should I say ‘middle class’ – but not often. We both ‘rose above it’ quite a few times-& forgave you two-so it’s the least you can do for us-you noble people.

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