John Lennon: Last Beatles Album Was 'Hell'

Old interview comes to light, will go up for auction

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 6, 2013 5:01 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The Beatles announced their split in April 1970, and a newly surfaced interview with John Lennon recorded the previous year further reveals just how bad things had gotten, reports the Telegraph. Lennon and Yoko Ono talked with Village Voice critic Howard Smith after the group had finished recording Let It Be, which would be its last released studio album. "We were going through hell," says Lennon of the recording session. "We often do. It's torture every time we produce anything."

He went on: "The Beatles haven't got any magic you haven't got. We suffer like hell anytime we make anything, and we got each other to contend with. Imagine working with the Beatles, it's tough. There's just tension. It's tense every time the red light [in the recording studio] goes on." The two-reel interview sat forgotten in Smith's New York loft for four decades, but it's going up for auction starting Sept. 19 at RR Auction online. It's expected to fetch up to $10,000.

John Lennon in an undated file photo.
John Lennon in an undated file photo.   (AP Photo)
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