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John Lennon’s Letters Prove He Wasn’t Really Peace Loving

Submitted by on October 8, 2012 – 12:00 pm Comments

Well, he did talk plenty about peace in the world during his lifetime and even penned peace-loving classics like “Imagine”. But, if excerpts from the forthcoming book ‘The John Lennon Letters’ is anything to go by, John Lennon wasn’t exactly the conciliatory kind, especially if someone criticized his lady love Yoko Ono.

He did not even spare his band mate and friend Paul McCartney and his wife Linda at one time. In a scathing letter to them he 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 … What the hell — it’s Linda!” One probably can’t even begin to imagine, how the couple must have felt on receiving this letter. In fact, in the letter to them he also wrote: “I’m not ashamed of the Beatles — we 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 — obviously not.”

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On another occasion, John lashed out at a person who criticized Yoko’s show and in reply wrote: “I’d forgotten about people like you! Well, well — you still exist, of course, in small towns across the world…” The letter clearly illustrates the fact that, John really wasn’t open to criticism, especially when it came to Yoko. He did not even spare a producer named George Martin and wrote: “Of course, George Martin was a great help in translating our music technically when we needed it, but for the cameraman to take credit from the director is a bit much.” It’s anybody’s guess if George Martin ever worked with John again.

This book of letters that is on the anvil of release would surely have many of its readers yell out in surprise at how cranky Lennon could really get; a fact, that wasn’t probably known up until now, by many of his fans. In Lennon’s defense, it could be argued that the letters he wrote at least in Yoko’s defense were written by a man in love, who simply wanted to protect and probably even impress his lady love.

Nigel Owen

Nigel is a graduate from Birmingham University, Nigel has worked for about 8 years in the banking industry, until one day he discovered his passion for writing. It basically gives him the opportunity to enlighten himself about subjects and things that he normally might not come across.

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