Recording of Beatles icon John Lennon singing unheard track could fetch ...

Recording of Beatles icon John Lennon singing unheard track could fetch ...
Recording of Beatles icon John Lennon singing unheard track could fetch ...

A tape of John Lennon singing an unheard song called 'Radio Peace' with the help of a borrowed guitar and expressing frustration at his Beatles image to a group of Danish schoolboys has emerged for sale.  

The 33-minute recording, which goes under the hammer today in Copenhagen, was recorded on January 5, 1970 when the former Beatle spent winter in a remote corner of Jutland in western Denmark with his wife Yoko Ono.

Back then four eager boys, writing for their high school newspaper, braved a snowstorm in the hope of interviewing their idol.

After unexpectedly clinching the interview, topics of discussion ranged from Lennon and Ono's peace campaign, Lennon's hair and his frustration with his image as part of the 'Fab Four'.

At one point, Lennon was asked by the students how they could echo his own campaigning, prompting the musician to tell them: 'If you can't think of any idea yourself, imitate what we do. Just sit down and think, what can I do locally?'  

Lennon and Ono were famous at the time for staging lie-ins and singing songs of peace as the Vietnam War raged.

The tape is expected to sell for between $32,000-50,000 (£23,000-£36,000).  

A tape of John Lennon singing a previously unheard song called 'Radio Peace' with the help of a borrowed guitar and expressing frustration at his Beatles image to a group of Danish schoolboys has emerged for sale. The 33-minute recording, which goes under the hammer today in Copenhagen, was recorded on January 5, 1970 when the former Beatle spent winter in a remote corner of Jutland in western Denmark with his wife Yoko Ono. Pictured: Lennon and Yoko were interviewed with Ono's five-year-old daughter Kyoko sat next to them. The image is among several which also feature in the sale in Copenhagen today

A tape of John Lennon singing a previously unheard song called 'Radio Peace' with the help of a borrowed guitar and expressing frustration at his Beatles image to a group of Danish schoolboys has emerged for sale. The 33-minute recording, which goes under the hammer today in Copenhagen, was recorded on January 5, 1970 when the former Beatle spent winter in a remote corner of Jutland in western Denmark with his wife Yoko Ono. Pictured: Lennon and Yoko were interviewed with Ono's five-year-old daughter Kyoko sat next to them. The image is among several which also feature in the sale in Copenhagen today

Back then four eager boys, writing for their high school newspaper, braved a snowstorm in the hope of interviewing their idol. After unexpectedly clinching the interview, they asked Lennon to play a song using an 'old guitar' in the corner of the room. Pictured: Lennon playing the guitar

Back then four eager boys, writing for their high school newspaper, braved a snowstorm in the hope of interviewing their idol. After unexpectedly clinching the interview, they asked Lennon to play a song using an 'old guitar' in the corner of the room. Pictured: Lennon playing the guitar

Karsten Hojen, one of the tape's owners, said: 'We went into the living room and saw John and Yoko sitting on the sofa, it was fantastic. We sat down with them and were quite close to each other.' 

'I was sitting next to Yoko Ono and John Lennon was sitting next to Yoko and we talked, we had a good time,' said Hojen, who is now 68.

He added: 'I saw there was an old guitar in the corner and I asked John if he could play.

'We later found out it was a song they made as a theme song for a radio station they were going to set up in Amsterdam. 

'The radio station was never opened and the song was never released. To our knowledge, the only place where this song exists is on our tape.'

Lennon can be heard in the recording twice singing the words, 'this is Radio Peace'. 

Lennon and his wife arrived in Denmark in December 1969 to sort out the future of Ono's five-year-old daughter Kyoko, who was living with her father in northern Jutland.

By then, the Beatles had recorded their last album, Abbey Road, and even though it was not official, the group had parted ways. 

The tape (pictured above) is expected to sell for between $32,000-50,000 (£23,000-£36,000)

The tape (pictured above) is expected to sell for between $32,000-50,000 (£23,000-£36,000) 

Karsten Hojen, one of the tape's owners, said: 'We went into the living room and saw John and Yoko sitting on the sofa, it was fantastic. We sat down with them and were quite close to each other.' Above: The images which are included in the sale

Karsten Hojen, one of the tape's owners, said: 'We went into the living room and saw John and Yoko sitting on the sofa, it was fantastic. We sat down with them and were quite close to each other.' Above: The images which are included in the sale

Mr Hojen said: 'I was sitting next to Yoko Ono and John Lennon was sitting next to Yoko and we talked, we had a good time,' said Hojen, who is now 68. He added: 'I saw there was an old guitar in the corner and I asked John if he could play. We later found out it was a song they made as a theme song for a radio station they were going to set up in Amsterdam. The radio station was never opened and the song was never released. To our knowledge, the only place where this song exists is on our tape'. Above: Lennon and Ono during the intimate event

Mr Hojen said: 'I was

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