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Classic 1969 John Lennon Interview to Be Auctioned Next Month
By: AnnMarie Scaramuzzino

In a recently revived interview with John Lennon, the late Beatle gives some insight into what it was like writing and recording music with the Fab Four; and it’s not exactly positive.

During a 1969 interview with DJ and Village Voice columnist Howard Smith in Toronto, Lennon, with Yoko Ono at his side, opened up about recording the band’s final release, Let it Be.

“It’s a strange album. We never really finished it. We didn’t really want to do it. Paul was hustling for us to do it. It’s the Beatles with their suits off,” Lennon explained to Howard (via The Beatles Examiner.)

As many fans know, Let it Be was actually recorded before 1969’s Abbey Road, but there was so much tension and drama surrounding the making of the LP that the release was delayed until 1970.

However, as Lennon continues to explain, the tension wasn’t reserved for just the Let it Be sessions.

“We were going through hell. We often do. It’s torture every time we produce anything,” Lennon told Howard (via The Beatles Examiner).

“The Beatles haven’t got any magic you haven’t got,” he continued. “We suffer like hell anytime we make anything. And we got each other to contend with. Imagine working with the Beatles, it’s tough. There’s just tension. It’s tense every time the red light goes on.”

During the hour-long recording, Lennon also discusses competing with Paul McCartney and George Harrison while writing songs for the Beatles’ albums, particularly after Harrison came into his own in later years, and predicts all too correctly, “I don’t know personally if there will ever be another product with the four on us again.”

If you want to hear more, The Beatles Examiner reports that the interview is being auctioned off next month by RR Auctions as two 1200” tapes in their original boxes. Along with the tapes, several other pieces of Beatles memorabilia will also be available for fans to bid on, from September 19-26.

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