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Beatles: Unheard John Lennon interview tapes up for auction


A set of previously unheard interview tapes featuring John Lennon speaking about his favourite Beatles songs are to be sold at auction.

During 1969 and early 1970, Canadian journalist Ken Zeilig recorded 91 minutes of interviews with the star and Yoko Ono on three separate occasions.

It is believed that only five minutes of the film were aired in the late 1980s.

Lennon also discusses his musical influences, The Beatles’ future, and how his wife changed his life.

He stated that he believed the band had a “positive effect” on the youth of the 1960s.

The 12 reel-to-reel tapes contain some unedited interviews

Lennon also recalls a Christmas memory in which he reached into a stocking and discovered a mouth organ as a present.

“Getting my first harmonica was one of the greatest moments of my life,” he said.

The 12 reel-to-reel tapes include edited and unedited interviews, Beatles music, and extensive transcripts.

They were only recently discovered by Mr Zeilig’s family, who died in 1990.

A small portion of the recordings were broadcast on American radio in the late 1980s as part of the Lost Lennon Tapes, but the rest is thought to be previously unheard.

The tapes, according to Paul Fairweather, auctioneer at Omega Auctions, “add to John Lennon’s storey” and are “priceless.”

He stated that Beatles fans would be “amazed to hear the various topics they discussed, things he’s probably never been heard to talk about previously.”

The tapes will be auctioned off on September 28th for between £20,000 and £30,000.

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