While trolling the internet for Beatles’ material, I came across this interesting article in The Guardian. In 1969, an enterprising young student by the name of Maurice Hindle wrote to a fan magazine, requesting an interview with John Lennon. To his surprise and eternal delight, Lennon himself answered.
Of particular interest to John was an open letter published in the ultra-left magazine Black Dwarf, which accused the Beatles of being a sell-out and Lennon for his “evolution vs revolution” stance. John was not amused, and wrote an open letter of his own (see below).
According to Hindle,
we students crammed into the back of the Mini and John drove us up the bumpy private road that led to his house, Kenwood. In a sitting room at the back of the house we sat down on thick-pile Indian carpets around a low table, cross-legged. Yoko said little, as we all knew this was primarily John’s day – and he said a lot. Apart from a short break when Yoko fed us macrobiotic bread and jam she had made, Lennon talked continuously for six hours.
Ultimately Lennon responded to the open letter with some thoughts of his own. Both letters, the interview recording, and the interview transcript may be found here. Below is John’s letter.
“You smash it— I’ll build around it.” Right on, John.