Hunter Davies, author of the Beatles’ official biography, is putting together a volume of letters by John Lennon in full cooperation with Yoko Ono, reports the BBC . The book is planned for next year.
“I’ve found a lot of letters that nobody’s ever seen,” he told the BBC. Davies was in Liverpool for International Beatles Week.
The author said Lennon’s natural instinct was as a writer. “His first reaction to any emotion, whether it was fury or amazement or hatred, was not really to go to the piano or the guitar. He was just as likely to pick up a pen and write it. And he wrote such amusing letters.”
Davies authored the authorized Beatles biography, called simply “The Beatles,” which first appeared in 1968. He spent 18 months interviewing the Beatles, their friends and members of their families. The book was criticized, most notably by John Lennon, for not telling the whole truth.
“My auntie knocked out all the truth bits from my childhood and my mother and I allowed it, which was my cop-out, etcetera,” Lennon said in his 1971 Rolling Stone interview. “There was nothing about orgies and the s— that happened on tour. I wanted a real book to come out, but we all had wives and didn’t want to hurt their feelings.”
“The Beatles” has been issued in revised versions several times over the years since with added content. One such addition featured unpublished lyrics by George Harrison.
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