Why John Lennon Demanded Paul McCartney’s Wife Linda To ‘Shut Up!’

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The music business can be regarded as a challenging industry to survive and thrive in because of its competitive atmosphere since label companies and artists constantly struggle to prove themselves better than each other. This competition undoubtedly creates a lot of stress and puts a lot of pressure on the musicians.

The Beatles members had to continue creating music under these conditions while trying to juggle their increasing fame. The band’s fusion of elements from classical music, Indian music, psychedelia, hard rock, and traditional pop contributed to their success in the industry. However, the job stress prevented them from staying together for more than a decade despite their worldwide popularity.

The Beatles’ Disbandment

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The Beatles quickly gained commercial success and international fame with their well-crafted sounds and lyrics and the band members’ unique talents as instrumentalists and songwriters. Their popularity caused many problems, and before their breakup, Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, and Starr went through challenging times because of personal and creative differences.

Some of these were McCartney’s wish to determine the band’s musical direction as their leader, their manager Brian Epstein’s passing, Lennon’s relationship with Yoko Ono and heroin addiction, and many more. As they couldn’t resolve them, the Beatles members announced their disbandment in 1970. A few years after this incident, Lennon sent Paul and Linda McCartney a letter full of harsh words.

What Did John Lennon Write To Paul and Linda McCartney?

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The Beatles icon got together with Yoko Ono when he and Cynthia Powell were still married, and their relationship became one of the most interesting symbols of peace and love. The duo also drew significant attention from the Beatles’ fans and the media with not just their activist and liberalist stand but also their music.

After some claimed that their relationship was one of the main reasons behind the Beatles’ disbandment, most fans blamed Ono and her tumultuous relationship with Lennon, which distracted him from the band. However, Harrison had highlighted that they had many problems before meeting Ono. In one of his interviews, Lennon also said a woman couldn’t end a band’s musical journey.

Nonetheless, these statements probably didn’t stop the hatred towards the couple. At one point, John Lennon decided to reflect his feelings toward Paul and his wife Linda with a letter. The singer opened up about the challenging experiences the couple had to go through due to the Beatles members’ statements.

Lennon stressed that despite claiming to be ‘kind and unselfish,’ his former bandmates put him and Yoko through hell by targeting them. However, the vocalist said they always ‘rose above it’ and forgave them, which is the least Paul and Linda could do. John Lennon added that if Linda didn’t care about what he had to say, she should step aside and ‘shut up‘ and let Paul respond however he wanted.

A part from Lennon’s letter read:

“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 and forgave you. So it’s the least you can do for us, noble people. Linda, if you don’t care what I say, shut up! Let Paul write or whatever.

Since Lennon’s tragic death on December 8, 1980, Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono have been getting along. Even after the singer’s furious letter, his former bandmate and widow decided to leave all past feuds and problems behind and concentrate on their shared love for the late musician.