“You beat us”

John Lennon couldn’t allow it.

An angry letter the rocker wrote to former bandmate Paul McCartney is expected to fetch up to $40,000 at auction.

The three-page diatribe was composed by the hitmaker of “Imagine” in November 1971 – 18 months after the shocking meltdown of the Beatles.

Bidding for an Open Letter via Music Memorabilia Gotta rock ‘n’ roll, It currently stands at $22,000.

By the time he sent the typewritten letter, Lennon – then 31 – was furious with McCartney for did an interview Weeks ago with the music magazine “Melody Maker”.

The relationship between the two has been turbulent for a long time, but tensions flared up after McCartney He sued the Beatles after their split in 1970. In the lawsuit, McCartney sought to dissolve the band’s contractual partnership after Lennon and co-stars Ringo Starr and George Harrison appointed manager Allen Klein to head their finances.

“All very well plays the simple and honest ‘Human Paul’ in Melody Maker… [but] If you weren’t the aggressor (as you claim), who the hell took us to court and didn’t control us in public? Lennon asked forcefully in the letter.

Lennon and McCartney's relationship has been long and complex.  The rock stars were photographed together in 1963.
Lennon and McCartney’s relationship has been long and complex. The rock stars were photographed together in 1963.
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The Beatles standing together in 1965. Left to right: George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.
The Beatles standing together in 1965. Left to right: George Harrison, Lennon, McCartney, and Ringo Starr.
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An angry letter the rocker wrote to former bandmate Paul McCartney is expected to fetch up to $40,000 at auction.
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The couple's frosty relationship was thawed in subsequent years, but they never played together in public again.  McCartney last saw Lennon in 1976 when he came to visit his former classmate in New York City.
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The couple's frosty relationship was thawed in subsequent years, but they never played together in public again.  McCartney last saw Lennon in 1976 when he came to visit his former classmate in New York City.
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“Like I said before – have you ever thought that you might be wrong about something?” Tartley added.

“Your ego about us and Klein is unbelievable,” the rocker declared as well, defending fellow Beatles Star and Harrison.

While much of Lennon’s complaints focus on the financial fallout that followed the Beatles’ split, he is also critical of McCartney’s policies, accusing him of being conservative.

At the time, Lennon was an outspoken opponent of the Vietnam War and had just written his peace anthem Imagine. In an interview with Melody Maker, McCartney criticized Lennon’s songwriting, saying there was “a lot of politics involved”.

Your policy is very similar [conservative activist] Mary Whitehouse, “Snipe Lennon in His Correspondence.” “Not saying anything out loud is like saying something.”

Paul McCartney standing with his wife Linda and their children Mary and Heather in 1971.
McCartney standing with his wife Linda and their children Mary and Heather in 1971.
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Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono were photographed in 1970, a year before Lennon's letter was written.
Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, were photographed in 1970, a year before Lennon’s letter was written.
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Lennon also defended his relationship with his wife Yoko Ono – who has long been accused of breaking up the Beatles.

He wrote, “The thing that really baffled us was asking to meet without Linda and Yoko…I thought you’d understand now that I’m JOHNANDYOKO.”

However, the star signed his letter by saying “there were no hard feelings”.

“I know we basically want the same thing, and as I said on the phone and in this letter, whenever you want to meet, all you have to do is call,” Lennon concluded.

Lennon was photographed in 1971, the same year he wrote the letter.  The Beatles split the previous year.
Lennon was photographed in 1971, the year he penned the letter. The Beatles split the previous year.
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The couple’s frosty relationship was thawed in subsequent years, but they never played together in public again. McCartney last saw Lennon in 1976 when he came to visit his former classmate in New York City.

The duo continued to chat on the phone before Lennon was assassinated in 1980.

In the years that followed, McCartney talked a lot about his fraught relationship with Lennon, whom he met as a young man.

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