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John Lennon’s brutal breakup letter to Paul McCartney: ‘You s–t all over us’

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Gotta Have Rock and Roll, currently stands at $22,000. At the time he sent the typewritten letter, Lennon — then age 31 — was furious with McCartney over an interview he did weeks earlier with music magazine Melody Maker.

The duo long had a turbulent relationship, but tensions had boiled over after McCartney sued The Beatles following their split in 1970.

In the suit, McCartney sought the dissolution of the band’s contractual partnership after Lennon and bandmates Ringo Starr and George Harrison appointed manager Allen Klein to preside over their financial affairs. “It’s all very well playing ‘simple, honest ole’ human Paul’ in Melody Maker … [but] if you’re not the aggressor (as you claim), who the hell took us to court and s–t all over us in public?” Lennon aggressively asked in the letter. “As I’ve said before – have you ever thought you might possibly be wrong about something?” he tartly added. “Your conceit about us and Klein is incredible,” the rocker further declared, defending Beatles bandmates Starr and Harrison.

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