That John Lennon could write a mean song. And, apparently, a mean letter. This one, found courtesy the fabulous Letters of Note site, takes Paul and now-deceased wife Linda to task for what he — Lennon — sees as McCartney’s over-inflated ego and a difference of opinion about press appearances.
Read the full text at the link, but some choice highlights:
“Dear Linda and Paul, I was reading your letter and wondering what middle aged cranky Beatle fan wrote it.”
“I hope you realize what sh** 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. Linda — if you don’t care what I say – shut up! — let Paul write — or whatever.”
“Do you really think most of today’s art came about because of the Beatles? — I don’t believe you’re that insane — Paul — do you believe that? When you stop believing it you might wake up! Didn’t we always say we were part of the movement – not all of it?”
“I know the Beatles are ‘quite nice people’ — I’m one of them — they’re also just as big bastards as anyone else — so get off your high horse!”
Well, he told them. If only John had Twitter.