John Lennon Describes The Beatles’ “Let It Be” as “Hell”
The Daily Telegraph reports that the audio interview – with Village Voice journalist Howard Smith – was recorded shortly after The Beatles had finished work on the 1969 studio album. However, it lay forgotten in Smith’s attic for nearly 40 years but will now be put up for sale by RR Auction.
In the interview, Lennon says of working on Let It Be: “We were going through hell. We often do. It’s torture every time we produce anything. 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."
Lennon added: “There’s just tension. It’s tense every time the red light goes on.” Lennon described the LP as a “strange album.” “We never really finished it. We didn’t really want to do it. Paul [McCartney] was hustling for us to do it. It’s The Beatles with their suits off.”
The audio interview tape has a reserve of $300, but will surely sell for much more.