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

(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.

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Sep 8, 2013 1:09 AM CDT
I bet the tape brings a million+ at auction.
Sep 7, 2013 9:06 PM CDT
Based on what I've heard, It was mostly John's cantankerousness that effectively drove the wedge in between the members. That makes this last interview a bit disingenuous.
Sep 7, 2013 3:11 PM CDT
Much of the tension was caused by not only too many drugs, but mostly by the introduction of Yoko Ono and Linda Eastman. Paul couldn't stand Yoko and John loathed Linda