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The letter John Lennon sent to put Todd Rundgren in his place

We’re dipping into the Far Out vaults to look back on a feud which had two vicious wordsmiths on either side, each one capable of words so cutting it would leave you in ribbons. In the red corner, we have John Lennon and in the blue corner, we have Todd Rundgren.

Todd Rundgren, the prolific multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and record producer with no fewer than 24 studio albums, once found himself in the middle of a high-profile public spat with John Lennon. It’s a confrontation that despite his protestations, still helps Rundgren book shows to this day.

In 1974, just as Rundgren had just released his highly celebrated experimental album Todd and on the promotion run, the musician sat down with Melody Maker magazine for an interview about his new material. But Rundgren didn’t stay on topic and soon enough the man of the moment, John Lennon.

Somewhere down the line, the conversation turned to former Beatle Lennon and Rundgren wasn’t about to hold his tongue: “John Lennon ain’t no revolutionary. He’s a fucking idiot, man. Shouting about revolution and acting like an ass. It just makes people feel uncomfortable,” he said.

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