In January 1970, four 16-year-old schoolmates from Denmark had the opportunity to interview musician John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono when the pair visited the Scandinavian country. The interview took place at the site of a small press conference, and it was recorded onto a cassette tape.
At the time, Lennon and Ono were in Denmark to resolve a custody issue with Ono’s ex-husband regarding their daughter Kyoko.
Going to Auction
In a current article on the CNN website, it’s reported that the interviewers have now decided to sell the cassette tape through Copenhagen’s Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers.
It is also reported that the interview cassette tape contains a recording of a heretofore unreleased song performed by the former Beatle. After one of the interviewers asked Mr. Lennon if would perform a song, the legendary entertainer sang a solo version of “Give Peace a Chance,” followed by a song titled “Radio Peace.”
The teenage interviewers were involved with their school magazine, and the school had given them permission to try to obtain an interview with the famous couple. The cassette contains 33 minutes of recorded material, and is expected to command a sale price equivalent to $47,000 in American currency.
Accompanying the interview tape are a number of photographs taken by one of the students that features Mr. Lennon, Ono, Kyoko and others. Among the series of photographs is one that shows Lennon, Ono and Kyoko on a sofa in a room containing Christmas decorations.
At one point in the interview, one of the students asked Lennon and Ono what they could do to help the antiwar movement. The well-known couple suggested that they organize happenings and hang posters that endorse peace.
The unreleased “Radio Peace” song is described by the auctioneers as being similar to “Give Peace a Chance.” In actuality, “Radio Peace” was written as a promo for a planned radio station in Amsterdam that never materialized.
The CNN article goes on to mention that another collection of taped interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono from 1969 and 1970 will soon be offered for sale at a UK auction house.