The Beatles was not just any other musical band that had many hit songs; it personified inspiration and legacy that became a cult. So, when the members of the band decided to call it quits, it pained and shocked the world.
Post-break-up all the artists went on to making solo albums, but none had the magic what the fantastic four did together. After the split in 1971, John Lennon wrote a letter to his long-time friend Paul McCartney and his wife Linda.
The two-page typed letter, with hand-written notes by him, was recently auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction and sold for around $30,000. The angry letter written by Lennon “shows the extent of his bitterness after the break-up of the Beatles” the agency wrote in an official release.
The letter was “allegedly in response to criticism that Lennon had received from Linda about his decision to not publicly announce his departure from the band”.
Lennon wrote, “I was reading your letter and wondering what middle aged cranky Beatle fan wrote it.
“I resisted looking at the last page to find out. I kept thinking who is it, Queenie? Stuart’s mother? Clive Epstein’s wife? Alan Williams? What the hell – it’s Linda! Who do you think we/you are?”
The typed correspondence lashed out at Linda more than Paul and is an insight to many unsolved mystery about their rift.
The letter was sold to a collector in Texas, who wished to remain anonymous. Along with the letter, the auction sold “Beatles signed program from 1963, sold for $16,541” and “John Lennon and Yoko Ono signed typed letter, sold for $9,187.”
There are many theories and stories what affected their friendship that ultimately ripped it apart in cold winters of 1969. John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney’s Beatles could not overcome the widening differences and succumbed to it officially in 1970.
And as a Rolling Stone article puts it best, “The Beatles in their death throes were one of the most mysterious and complicated end-of-romance tales of the 20th century, as well as the most dispiriting.” Their last session of trying to put together a final show amid the rift has been written about, turned in film and eventually also gifted the world their last album together – Let It Be, causing more pain than joy.