John Lennon: an important letter, written in response to an article about the Beatles in 'The New York Times'
The vendor of this lot wrote the article in The New York Times, entitled 'The Beatles Betrayal'. In it, he accused the Beatles, and other white artistes, of imitating and exploiting black music. John was stung into sending this response and it is clear that he was a little upset at the charges levelled against him and his fellow musicians. It is a concise summation of how much the Beatles and their contemporaries admired American black music and the debt they owed to it. John's comment about the Beatles' own early writing skills is particularly interesting as, in less than a decade after John and Paul had first met in 1957, they were ranked amongst the 20th century's greatest popular music composers. Included in the lot is a photocopy of the article and a carbon copy of the journalist's reply to Lennon, which remained unanswered.