John Lennon’s letter to Phil Spector, titled 'Matter Of Pee', is bought for £53,000
The letter was written during 1973-75 when Lennon had split from his wife, Yoko Ono – also known as the Lost Weekend period
A letter written by John Lennon to Phil Spector, entitled A Matter Of Pee, has been sold for an impressive £53,000 at an online auction – seven times over its estimated price of £7,000.
The letter was written during 1973-75 when Lennon had split from his wife, Yoko Ono – also known as the 'Lost Weekend' period.
It mentioned that the Beatles singer was facing eviction from his studio, possibly for misplaced urination.
Referring to The Who drummer Keith Moon and singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson, Lennon wrote: “Should you not know, it was Harry and Keith who pissed on the console!” Lennon produced Nilsson’s 1974 album, Pussy Cats, which Moon drummed on.
He added that the incident wasn’t his fault, not his personal assistant and then girlfriend, May Peng. “I can’t be expected to mind adult rock stars, nor can May. Besides, she works for me, not A&M.”
The insightful note was bought by a private collector, after being put up for auction by London-based Cooper Owen.
Auctioneer Louise Cooper said: “This is a rare note in that it mentions so many well-known figures from the era.”
Spector and Lennon worked together on the 1975 album Rock ‘n’ Roll – the recording of which was fuelled by riotous depraved behaviour.
On one occasion Spector turned up wearing a surgeon’s outfit and shot a gun in the studio’s ceiling, hurting Lennon’s ears, while other antics included a bottle of whiskey being split over the mixing console, preventing the studio to ban future sessions from being held there.
Spector then famously ran away with the recorded sessions and was later involved with a car accident that meant that the tracks were irretrievable until he had recovered.
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