John Lennon's letter to folk singer
John Lennon wrote a letter to calm a folk singer who once complained that success and wealth could ruin his songwriting, the musician has revealed.
Steve Tilston was just 21 in 1971 when the star read the interview he had done with now defunct ZigZag magazine.
In the hand-written letter, now revealed for the first time, Lennon told the young musician not to worry about becoming wealthy because it would not change what he felt inside.
Lennon wrote the letter - signed from him and Yoko Ono - just months after the Beatles split up in 1970. He sent it to the youngster and the reporter who interviewed him, Richard Howell, at the magazine's offices.
But for some reason the letter never reached the musician and the first time he saw it was in 2005 when an American collector contacted him for verification.
"It was so frustrating because Lennon even included his home phone number on the top of the letter," said the 60-year-old, who has just published his first novel All For Poor Jack.
The megastar wrote: "Being rich doesn't change your experience in the way you think.
"The only difference, basically, is that you don't have to worry about money - food - roof etc. But all other experiences - emotions - relationships - are the same as anybodies, I know, I've been rich and poor, so has Yoko (rich - poor - rich) so whadya think of that.
"Love John and Yoko."