The simple joy that we get from reading some of the entries on Letters of Note is just delicious. Letters of Note is pretty self-explanatory, but generally, the website publishes (by definition alone) letters of note – correspondence passing between two parties, which the world may have forgotten, or never seen without the power of the internet, and probably some snooping.
You could spend hours finding out interesting facts, seeing public figures in a light never before, understanding their work process, their thoughts and quite often their intimate feelings. Intrusive, perhaps, but interesting nonetheless. We just don’t know where to start, and where to stop.
A few of our favourites are Mick Jagger’s letter to Andy Warhol regarding the cover art for the 1971 Rolling Stones album Sticky Fingers (above).
Courtney Love’s 1995 letter to Spin Magazine regarding Madonna “Maddonna (sic) wishes Id slag her. how can I insult wallpaper? Except to say, “That wallpaper in your Guest Room kinda sucks & ignore it?”.
Pablo Picasso’s artistic letter to French Poert Jean Cocteau in 1916.
Francis Ford Coppola’s 1973 letter to Marlon Brando near begging him to appear in the subsequent Godfather films.
Stanley Kubrik’s letter to IBM advising them that the psychotic computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey is in fact one of their own (this is currently on show at LACMA).
They just go on and on… check out Johnny Cash’s love letter to June Carter, Jimi Hendrix’s letter to Reprise Records and the Sex Pistols’ manager Malcolm McLaren’s letter recommending the sacking of Glen Matlock due to his constant discussion of Paul McCartney, to be replaced by Sid Vicious!
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