Lennon interview for schoolboys, songs, at auction in Denmark

Half a century ago, four Danish teenagers interviewed John Lennon for their school papers

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Half a century ago, four Danish teenagers interviewed John Lennon for their school papers. A cassette tape with a 33-minute audio recording of the chat, which also includes a seemingly unreleased song from the late Beatle, will be released in Denmark later this month.

The 16-year-olds were not star-struck when they did the interview in northern Denmark on January 5, 1970. At the height of the Vietnam War and the Cold War, Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono “had a message of peace , and that was what was important to us, “recalls Karsten Hoejen, who recorded on a tape recorder borrowed from the local hi-fi shop.

The band consists mainly of Lennon and Ono, who talk about Denmark and world peace, Hoejen said on Wednesday. Alternative societies flocked to Denmark in the late 1960s, attracting people from abroad, and music festivals were organized inspired by those on the Isle of Wight and Woodstock.

“Their message of peace was what we came for,” Hoejen told the Associated Press. “It was a very relaxed atmosphere, a cozy atmosphere. Lennon and Ono had their feet on the (coffee) table.

Lennon and Ono were in the Danish region of Thy where Ono’s ex-husband had moved and brought Kyoko, the couple’s then five-year-old daughter with him. They stayed for about a month and tried to stay low – which worked for about a week.

Then a local newspaper reported their presence and the press came to interview them. The four 16-year-olds wanted to interview Lennon for their school magazine, but they arrived too late for the official press conference.

“We knocked on the door” and moments later they were sitting next to the British musician and Ono. Hoejen keeps the microphone and his friend Jesper Jungersen photographed.

At one point, “someone … I can not remember who … asked Lennon if he could play the guitar for us.” He played with Ono and sang ‘Give Peace a Chance’ and ‘then they sang’ Radio Peace. ‘

The items – the bands, 23 still photos and a copy of the school paper – were estimated to be worth at least $ 200,000 (almost $ 31,800).

“What also makes (the band) interesting is that it’s a time pocket.” It was recorded on an old band record “, said Alexa Bruun Rasmussen from Denmark’s main auction house Bruun Rasmussen auctioneer, who understands things on September 28th.

“When you listen to the band, you notice that they speak directly from their heart. This is not a staged press conference.”

The four boys behind the interview eventually found out that they were “sitting on a treasure. So the cassette was put into a bank vault,” Hoejen said, and they discussed what to do.

“A collector or a museum would probably get more out of it than we would have in a bank profit,” he said. “So we decided to sell it.”

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