A reel-to-reel radio relic that preserves a long-lost Canadian interview with John Lennon, discovered recently in a former New York broadcaster’s attic is set to be auctioned Thursday. We ended up in Montreal, which turned out to be a good thing. The interview vividly recalls the musician’s December 1969 peace mission in Canada that culminated with a private meeting between the pop superstar and then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau.
The 90-minute recording with Village Voice music columnist and radio host Howard Smith captures the Beatles legend candidly describing the production of the group’s last album together, Let it Be, as “hell” and “torture,” presaging the biggest band breakup in rock ‘n’ roll history. And echoing other public comments made at the time, Lennon explains how Canada — initially a second-choice destination for the singer’s ’69 anti-war campaign after a previous marijuana conviction prevented his entry into the U.S. — turned out to have ideal “vibrations” for his peace initiatives, leading him to announce plans for a Woodstock-like concert in Toronto in July 1970 and the establishment of a Canada-based global peace foundation (neither of which actually came to pass).
Source: National Post