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Item 19 - John Lennon Catalog 440 (Oct 2014)

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Pointedly defensive ALS signed “John & Yoko (remember),” on the correspondence side of a 5.75 x 3.75 postcard depicting the Lennon version of ‘Spring Evening 1879,’ no date but circa late 1971 or early 1972. In response to negative comments about Yoko which were printed in Melody Maker magazine’s Raver column, Lennon writes in full: “Dear Raver, We never did talk to Miles about working with him–so there. Anyway the idea was for Miles and Yoko to do a track together—i mean she worked with Ornette Coleman in 1967–8 at Albert Hall—it’s on her last album. Having met Miles at Klein’s party—i know damn well he wouldn’t be as sneid [sic] as you cunts. Lots of Rave.” Lennon’s home address of Tittenhurst Park in England has been stamped twice at the top of the correspondence side, in addition to a thick red stamp on the image side reading “FUCK OFF.” Some scattered light creasing and soiling, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from noted Beatles expert Frank Caiazzo, stating “This card is a testament to the fact that he would vehemently defended his wife, and when compelled to do so, wouldn’t mince words.”

Lennon used this correspondence to do what he had often done by this point—defend the talents of Yoko Ono. Lashing out at Melody Maker magazine, Lennon refutes a report hinting a collaboration between Yoko and jazz musician Miles Davis. “We never did talk to Miles about working with him—so there…the idea was for Miles and Yoko to do a track together,” notes Lennon. Around the same time of this correspondence, Klein was helping Lennon and Ono with their motion picture, Imagine, filmed mostly at Tittenhurst Park in Ascot during 1971, and helped George Harrison organize the Concert for Bangladesh. Klein had sided with Harrison in believing Ono should not perform at the concert, causing Lennon to become cool with Klein—something that clearly occurred at some point after this card was sent. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.

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