Monday, 15 September 2014

Moments In Time: The Beatles "Split" Letter (1969)

A document dated 8 April 1969, marking a key stage in the break-up of The Beatles, sold a few years back for £48,000 at a London auction.

The 1969 letter informed Lee Eastman, Paul McCartney's then music lawyer and father-in-law, he was not authorised to represent the band as well.

The letter was a result of a row over management between McCartney and his bandmates. McCartney wanted Eastman but the others wanted the Rolling Stones' manager.

The BeatlesThe letter was co-signed by John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr under his real name Richard Starkey.

It told Eastman he was "not authorized to act... as the attourney (sic) or legal representative of 'The Beatles' or of any of the companies which the Beatles own or control".

It followed the band's realisation that their company Apple was in financial chaos and new management was needed.

But while Lennon, Harrison and Starr opted for the Rolling Stones' manager Allan Klein, McCartney proposed Eastman and his son John.

The Beatles' split in mid 1969, but their partnership was not finally dissolved in court until 1975.

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