Unreleased John Lennon recording sells for £43,000 in Denmark | John Lennon

A cassette tape recording of an interview by Danish schoolboys with John Lennon and Yoko Ono by which the Beatles star sings a beforehand unreleased music has been bought at public sale in Copenhagen for £43,000 (370,000 Danish krone).

The 33-minute audio monitor was recorded by 4 youngsters as a part of a report for his or her faculty journal in January 1970, simply months earlier than the Beatles introduced their breakup.

The recording befell at a time when Lennon and Ono had been calling for an finish to the warfare in Vietnam. In 1969, the couple had staged their iconic ‘bed-ins for peace’ on the Hilton resort in Amsterdam and the Queen Elizabeth resort in Montreal. That they had come to Thy, a distant district of Jutland in north-west Denmark, to debate, what would in time, show to be the thorny situation of kid preparations for Ono’s five-year-old daughter, Kyoko, who was residing together with her ex-husband Tony Cox within the space.

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The go to had initially gone with out incident however such was the couple’s fame on the time {that a} media frenzy rapidly gathered tempo as phrase unfold of their presence within the nation. They felt pressured to carry an impromptu press convention, and armed with a tape recorder borrowed from a hi-fi store, 4 Danish youngsters persuaded their instructor to permit them a day without work to cowl the occasion for his or her faculty.

The cassette is being auctioned alongside Polaroid photos.
The cassette is being auctioned alongside Polaroid pictures. {Photograph}: Ida Marie Odgaard/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP/Getty Pictures

Karsten Hoejen, who made the recording, recalled that by the point that they had made their method by a snowstorm, the press convention was over and the world’s media had moved on. However the 4 boys had been nonetheless invited in. “We were a bunch of 16-year-old hippies,” he instructed the BBC. “As we arrived everyone was leaving … We went into the living room and saw John and Yoko sitting on the sofa, it was fantastic. We sat down with them and were quite close to each other.”

“We talked, we had a good time,” mentioned Hoejen, 68. “John asked me, ‘where do you come from? A radio station?’ ‘No, from a school magazine,’ I said.”

On the tape, Lennon’s unmistakable voice is heard responding to the query of how 4 younger boys may contribute to the peace motion. “If you can’t think of any ideas yourself, imitate what we do,” he says. “Sit down and think ‘what can we do locally’?”

Lennon can be heard complaining concerning the Beatles’ picture and discussing the size of his hair.

Hoejen mentioned the assembly was “very cosy” and “relaxed”, with Lennon and Ono sat on a settee, alongside Kyoko, Cox and his spouse, Melinda. “[They] were sat with their feet on the table in their woollen socks.”

The couple joined in a Danish custom and danced round a Christmas tree, then Hoejen requested Lennon to play a music on a guitar. He gave a rendition of Give Peace a Likelihood, with a number of advert libs, earlier than performing a brief tune referred to as Radio Peace, which was on account of be the theme tune for a radio station Lennon hoped to launch in Amsterdam.

John Lennon, sitting next to his wife Yoko Ono, plays guitar in Herred during their visit to Jutland in Denmark.
John Lennon, sitting subsequent to his spouse Yoko Ono, performs guitar in Herred throughout their go to to Jutland. {Photograph}: AFP/Getty Pictures

“The radio station was never opened and the song was never released,” Hoejen mentioned. “To our knowledge, the only place where this song exists is on our tape.”

It was solely a long time later that Hoejen realised the tape’s value and saved it away in a financial institution vault. He and his buddies mentioned they determined to public sale the cassette given the difficulties in deciding how it might be shared amongst their kids.

The cassette was being auctioned alongside an authentic copy of the varsity newspaper and 23 images, and is was listed with a information value of 200,000 to 300,000 Danish krone (£23,000 to £35,000), finally promoting for 370,000 Danish krone (£43,000) on the Bruun Rasmussen public sale home in Copenhagen.

There is no such thing as a digital copy of the recording and the present house owners have maintained unique rights over it, stopping media retailers from enjoying the unreleased music. Nevertheless, there may be understood to be appreciable curiosity within the recording from some unidentified museums, elevating hopes it will likely be accessible to the general public sooner or later.

“A recording like this is indeed very rare,” mentioned the public sale home’s director Alexa Bruun Rasmussen. “We are not sure that there are any other recordings like this one, because it’s an unofficial recording.”