Recordings with John Lennon and Yoko Ono are auctioned off – .

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Recordings with John Lennon and Yoko Ono are auctioned off – .


TORONTO – Twice a year there’s a Beatles memorabilia auction near Liverpool – and this year the featured item was a set of recordings with a Canadian connection.

Lot 385 was the last and most expensive to mount this year, containing cassettes with 91 minutes of wasted interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

They were recorded around 1970, all by one man.

Canadian Ken Zeilig, 30, was the tenacious freelance journalist who made a living interviewing celebrities. He landed not one, not two, but three interviews with Lennon and Ono.

The questions range from asking Lennon which Beatles music he prefers the most to what the plan was for the 1970s.

In one of the recordings, Lennon says he’s a “prejudice” regarding Beatles songs: “I love mine.”

When asked to name his’ 60s favorites, Lennon cites names such as “I am the walrus”, “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “A Day in the Life”.

It was Zeilig’s children who discovered the recordings.

“It was quite extraordinary and quite moving because of course we are hearing our father, in some cases for the first time in 30 years,” Leo Zeilig told CTV News.

When the interviews took place, Lennon and Ono had recently made global headlines for organizing a protest for peace in a hotel bed in Montreal. It was part of a non-violent protest against the Vietnam War.

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

The tapes of the interviews are now in the hands of a mystery bidder, who purchased them for over $ 50,000.

The family hope they will be widely shared.

And with the recordings that took place in 1970 – the year the band officially announced they were going their separate ways – some of the questions make more sense now.

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

“The Beatles never made plans after they stopped touring. Plans have always been made for them. And once nobody made plans for us, we didn’t want any more plans.

With files from Alexandra Mae Jones

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