Unreleased John Lennon interview tape sells at auction | Music | DW

Greater than 50 years in the past, John Lennon and Yoko Ono granted 4 Danish schoolboys an interview for his or her native college journal.

Now, the 4 Danes are auctioning off the old style white cassette tape with “Lenon” misspelled on it, 23 pictures of that assembly and a replica of the college journal during which their interview was ultimately printed.

Estimated to command between €27,000-€43,000 ($32,000-$50,000), the lot fetched the sum of almost 50.000 Euro on Tuesday on the Copenhagen-based public sale home Bruun Rasmussen.

An unreleased track for peace

Within the 33-minute recording, Lennon touches on all the pieces from the couple’s peace marketing campaign to his frustration with The Beatles’ picture to the size of his hair.

Lennon and Ono can be heard buzzing alongside to Danish Christmas songs whereas dancing round a Christmas tree, and Lennon performs the guitar and sings “Give Peace a Chance” in addition to an unreleased track, “Radio Peace.”

He had written “Radio Peace” as a part of the couple’s peace marketing campaign. Lennon and Ono wished to open a radio station in Amsterdam beneath the identical identify, however these plans fell by means of.

Skipping class for an unofficial interview

Lennon and his spouse had gone to Denmark to go to Ono’s then five-year-old daughter Kyoko, who had moved there together with her father Anthony Cox, Ono’s ex-husband.

This was on the top of the Vietnam Conflict and the Chilly Conflict, each of which the couple famously opposed.

Phrase ultimately unfold about their presence, and they also held an impromptu press convention in Thy, Northwest Jutland in January 1970.

Ardent followers of the couple, the 4 youngsters satisfied their headteacher to allow them to skip class to attend the occasion, and write about it within the college paper. A neighborhood document retailer loaned them the recording tools. 

Karsten Hoejen, who made the recording, informed press company AP that Lennon and Ono had “a message of peace, and that was what was important to us.”

The truth is, the schoolmates ended up being late and lacking the complete press convention however tried their luck by knocking on the door anyway. And the remaining has now turn out to be historical past.

‘Sitting on a treasure’

Whereas Hoejen performed the interview, his buddy Jesper Jungersen snapped the images. Months after this encounter, The Beatles break up up. Lennon was shot and killed in New York a decade later in 1980 on the age of 40.


Over time, the schoolmates realized that they “were sitting on a treasure,” Hoejen informed AP. After some dialogue, that they had all the pieces saved in a secure deposit field in 2002. 

“A collector or a museum would likely get more of it than us having it in a bank, so we decided to sell it.”