Recordings with John Lennon and Yoko Ono sell at auction

TORONTO —
Twice a yr, a Beatles memoriabilia public sale is held close to Liverpool — and this yr, the star merchandise was a set of recordings with a Canadian connection.

Lot 385 was the final and most costly to go up this yr, containing tapes with 91 minutes of misplaced interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

They have been recorded round 1970, all by one man.

Thirty-year-old Canadian Ken Zeilig was the tenacious freelance journalist who made a dwelling out of interviewing celebrities. He landed not one, not two, however three interviews with Lennon and Ono.

The questions vary, from asking Lennon which Beatles music he prefers essentially the most to what the plan was for the Nineteen Seventies.

In one of many recordings, Lennon says that he’s a “prejudiced” in relation to Beatles songs: “I like my own.”

When requested to call favourites from the 60s, Lennon rattles off names together with “I Am The Walrus,” “Strawberry Fields Forever,” and “A Day in the Life.”

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Zeilig’s youngsters have been those to find the recordings.

“It was fairly extraordinary, and quite moving because of course we hear our father, in some cases, for the first time in 30 years,” Leo Zeilig instructed CTV Information.

When the interviews occurred, Lennon and Ono had not too long ago made world headlines for staging a peace protest within the mattress of a Montreal resort. It was a part of a non-violent protest towards the Vietnam Battle.

“These were intentionally chosen sites for their peace protests in countries they thought were progressive and anti-war, so that, that connection with my father as a Canadian journalist was very present in the interviews and it was nice to hear that,” Leo stated.

The interview recordings at the moment are within the palms of a thriller bidder, who bought them for greater than $50,000. 

The household hopes that they’ll be shared broadly.

And with the recordings occurring in 1970 — the yr that the band formally introduced that they have been breaking apart — a few of the questions maintain extra that means now.

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In response to Zeilig asking what plans the Beatles have for the 70s, Lennon says, “They don’t.

“The Beatles never made plans after they stopped touring. Plans were always made for them. And once there was nobody making plans for us, we didn’t want any plans.”

 With recordsdata from Alexandra Mae Jones