John Lennon Wrote To Eric Clapton For NYC Collaboration
A letter John Lennon wrote to Eric Clapton on September 29th, 1971 is expected to fetch up to $30,000 at auction next month. The letter, which Lennon -- who had recently moved to New York City -- wrote the guitarist, who was in the pits of heroin addiction at the time, suggests the pair form a new band. The letter reads in part: "Eric, I know I can bring out something great, in fact greater in you that had been so far evident in your music. I hope to bring out the same kind of greatness in all of us, which I know will happen if/when we get together."
In the letter, Lennon urges Clapton to fly out to Manhattan, saying, "All expenses paid, of course, at least think about it. Please don't be frightened, I understand paranoia only to(o) well, I think it could only do good for you, to work with people who love and respect you."
The auction takes place on December 18th in Los Angeles at the Profiles in History sale.
Within a few months of writing the letter to Eric Clapton, Lennon had hired a local Greenwich Village boogie band, Elephant's Memory, and drifted further into radical issues while dealing with the pressure of the U.S. government trying to force him out. We asked Lennon's close friend and photographer Bob Gruen, what Lennon's state of mind was really like during his early New York years: "Well, we were in the studio a lot recording the Elephant's Memory album and then recording Approximately Infinite Universe for Yoko. So, yeah, he wasn't really in the public eye that much. I mean it's funny to think what kinda mood he was in, I mean, I remember him being kinda positive -- at the same time, on the other hand, he was kinda depressed about the U.S. trying to deport him, (manager) Allen Klein (being) in a lawsuit with him where all their money was tied up, the record he put out, the Some Time In New York City was not getting very good reviews."