John Lennon’s True Feelings About “Let It Be” In A Rare Interview


Almost Four Decades Since His Passing

A decades-old interview with John Lennon reveals something we never knew about the final Beatles’ album recording and the song ‘Let It Be.’ According to John Lennon, “it was hell. It’s torture every time we produce anything.” 

According to reports, the audio interview by journalist Howard Smith of Village Voice was recorded after the Fab Four had finished work on the 1969 “White Album.” The audio tape has been laying down and forgotten in Smith’s attic for almost four decades, and now it is up for auction by RR Auction.

In the interview, Lennon can be heard speaking to Smith alongside his wife, Yoko Ono – sharing stories about their last recording:

“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.”


“There’s just tension. It’s tense every time the red light goes on.” The singer, who also described the LP as a “strange album”, continued: “We never really finished it. We didn’t really want to do it. Paul was hustling for us to do it. It’s The Beatles with their suits off.”

About the tape, RR Auction vice president Bobby Livingston said the minimum bid price for the long-lost audio interview is $300, but according to him it could go up between $5,000 and $10,000. The tape is one of the Beatles-related 100 items that will be included in their “Marvels Of Modern Music Memorabilia Sale.” VP Bobby said, “It’s a frank and honest interview from one of the most revered musicians and activists of all time.”

Hopefully, someone will get to buy it and release it for the public to hear.