I'm a Beatles fan, no secret. Over the years I've nourished a keen interest in the band, and the phenomenon they created - the winds of change, the shared genius, the history and the chemistry and yes, the MUSIC! I have a deep respect for the genius, talent, skills and creativity of each of the 4 artists that once belonged to the Beatles.
I have a tattoo of John Lennon on my arm (his self-portrait sketch, actually) - because I seemed to have gravitated to his spiritual creativity pool more than Paul, George and Ringo. The tattoo is a source of inspiration to me -- and reminds me of Peace, Love, frankness, humor, and my own Creativity.
Our "Lennon of the Day" series is meant to augment our "Poem of the Day" and "Top 100 Poems" series with an occasional interesting "Tweet Broadcast" to provide you with some knowledge, some inspiration, and some entertainment during your busy day.
This "Lennon of the Day" posting comes from the recent hardcover book The John Lennon Letters by Hunter Davies (Rolling Stone) 2012.
The stress between the Beatles, and especially between Paul and John at the time of their breakup -- is well known, and should be regarded as almost matter-of-fact and possibly to be expected -- given all that they went through, combined with the competitive creative process they used together. The break-up of The Beatles and dissolution of The Beatles, Inc. was traumatic to Fans as well as to the members of The Beatles themselves.
It should be noted that this letter is posted for historical purposes only; in fact, the relationship between John and Paul was later resolved and repaired, although never to return to the level of intimacy and creative collaboration that sparked and drove the Beatles.
Here is an emotional, angry, letter from John to Paul - written in/around late 1970/early 1971, open and honest and biting, it is emotional, but "who John Lennon was":
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Dear Linda and Paul,
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!
You really think the
press are beneath me/you? Do you think that? Who do you think we/you
are? The "self-indulgent doesn't realize who he is hurting" bit–I hope
you realize what shit 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.
asked about what I thought originally concerning MBE, etc. – I told
them as best as I can remember – and I do remember squirming a little –
don't you, Paul? – or do you – as I suspect – still believe it all? I'll
forgive Paul for encouraging the Beatles – if he forgives me for the
same – for being – "honest with me and caring too much"! Fucking hell,
Linda, you're not writing for Beatle book!!!
I'm not ashamed of
the Beatles – (I did start it all) – but of some of the shit we took to
make them so big – I thought we all felt that way in varying degrees –
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? – Of course,
we changed the world – but try and follow it through – GET OFF YOUR
GOLD DISC AND FLY!
Don't give me that Aunty Gin shit about "in
five years I'll look back as a different person" – don't you see that's
what's happening NOW! – If I only knew THEN what I know NOW – you seemed
to have missed that point....
Excuse me if I use "Beatle Space"
to talk about whatever I want – obviously if they keep asking Beatle
questions – I'll answer them – and get as much John and Yoko Space as I
can – they ask me about Paul and I answer – I know some of it gets
personal – but whether you believe it or not I try and answer straight –
and the bits they use are obviously the juicy bits – I don't resent
your husband – I'm sorry for him. 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! – by the way – we've had more
intelligent interest in our new activities in one year than we had
throughout the Beatle era.
Finally, about not telling anyone that I
left the Beatles – PAUL and Klein 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**ts asked me to keep quiet about it. Of course, the
money angle is important – to all of us – especially after all the petty
shit that came from your insane family/in laws – and GOD HELP YOU OUT,
PAUL – see you in two years – I reckon you'll be out then –
inspite of it all
love to you both,
from us two
P.S. about addressing your letter just to me – STILL....!!!