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‘You s–t all over us’

John Lennon couldn’t let it happen.

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

The three-page diatribe was composed by the “Imagine” hitmaker in November 1971 – 18 months after the Beatles’ spectacular breakup.

Bids for the letter, which can be accessed through music memorabilia website Gotta Have Rock and Roll, are currently $22,000.

As he sent the typed letter, Lennon – then 31 – was furious with McCartney over an interview he had conducted with music magazine Melody Maker weeks earlier.

The duo had a turbulent relationship for a long time, but tensions boiled over after McCartney sued the Beatles following their split in 1970. In the lawsuit, McCartney sought the termination of the band’s contract after Lennon and bandmates Ringo Starr and George Harrison appointed manager Allen Klein to handle their financial affairs.

“It’s all very nice playing ‘plain, honest old man Paul’ in Melody Maker… [but] If you are not the aggressor (as you claim) then who the hell took us to court and screwed us in public?” Lennon asked aggressively in the letter.

Lennon and McCartney had a long and complicated relationship.  The rock superstars are pictured together in 1963.
Lennon and McCartney had a long and complicated relationship. The rock superstars are pictured together in 1963.
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The Beatles pose together in 1965.  Left to right: George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.
The Beatles pose together in 1965. Left to right: George Harrison, Lennon, McCartney and Ringo Starr.
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An angry letter from the rocker to former bandmate Paul McCartney is said to fetch up to $40,000 at auction.
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The couple's frosty relationship thawed in the years that followed, but they never played together publicly again.  McCartney last saw Lennon in 1976 while visiting his former bandmate in New York City.
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The couple's frosty relationship thawed in the years that followed, but they never played together publicly again.  McCartney last saw Lennon in 1976 while visiting his former bandmate in New York City.
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“Like I said before – did you ever consider that you might be wrong about something?” he added gruffly.

“Your conceit about us and Klein is unbelievable,” the rocker continued, defending Beatles bandmates Starr and Harrison.

While much of Lennon’s grievance focuses on the financial fallout following the Beatles’ split, it also blasts McCartney’s politics, accusing him of being a closet conservative.

Lennon was an outspoken opponent of the Vietnam War at the time and had just written his peace anthem Imagine. In the Melody Maker interview, McCartney criticized Lennon’s songwriting, saying it was “too much political stuff”.

“Their politics are very similar [conservative activist] Mary Whitehouse’s,” Lennon snapped in his correspondence. “Saying nothing is as loud as saying something.”

Paul McCartney poses with his wife Linda and their children Mary and Heather in 1971.
McCartney poses with his wife Linda and their children Mary and Heather in 1971.
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Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono are pictured in 1970, a year before Lennon's letter was written.
Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono are pictured 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.

“What really confused us was the request to meet WITHOUT LINDA AND YOKO… I thought you understood by now that I’m JOHNANDYOKO,” he wrote.

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

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

Lennon is pictured in 1971, the same year he wrote the letter.  The Beatles broke up the year before.
Lennon is pictured in 1971, the year he wrote the letter. The Beatles broke up the year before.
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The couple’s frosty relationship thawed in the years that followed, but they never played together publicly again. McCartney last saw Lennon in 1976 while visiting his former bandmate in New York City.

The duo continued to speak by phone prior to Lennon’s assassination in 1980.

In the years since, McCartney has often spoken about his strained relationship with Lennon, whom he met when he was young.

The “Come Together” crooner raised eyebrows in 2018 when he admitted they once masturbated in a night out with other male pals.

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Emma Bowman

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