John Lennon, the former Beatles and hero of the post-hippy movement was nothing more than a bloodthirsty fan of armed conflict, according to the author of a new book about the Liverpudlian.
Arthur Whiggam claims that previously undiscovered writings show that far from his peace-loving image, Lennon was in fact secretly calling for a Third World War, just to satisfy his blood lust.
"I found the papers stuffed into a cavity in Lennon's white Rolls Royce, and they make devastating reading." Whiggam told reporters.
"The clincher was his scribbled lyrics to Give Peace a Chance. In the margins of the original lyric sheet which I found in a door sill, he wrote a few paragraphs which outlined the real meaning of the song."
Mr Whiggam says the content is explosive and likely to tarnish the star's lustre.
"Giving peace a chance means that there has to be a period of conflict in the first place. And we've not had one yet. Vietnam's too small to be considered a war, so what we need is a mass conflagration that'll wipe out huge numbers of people. The real meaning of the lyric is 'Give peace a chance, but only after you've given it to a bloody good war.'.
"I was stunned when I read Lennon's own words. Personally, I always thought he was a bit of a nutter. But I never realised that behind the cannabis, long hair and seemingly insane relationship with Yoko Ono, he was in fact an ardent right-winger who wished for nothing more than the deaths of millions."
Mr Whiggam's book Lennon: Give Peace No Fucking Chance is due for publication next month.