Happy Birthday, John Lennon! Hear an Interview with Lennon and Yoko Ono from 1969Photo by Keystone/Getty Music Features John Lennon
John Lennon, the famed Beatles singer/songwriter, solo artist and peace activist would have turned 79 years old today (Oct. 9). To celebrate the career of one of the most influential musicians ever, we’re sharing audio from a John Lennon interview in 1969. Footage and images from Lennon’s Bed-Ins for Peace with his wife, Yoko Ono, from that year spread like wildfire. The two-week-long “bed-ins” were held at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam and the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, and they were meant to publicly question and and nonviolently criticize the Vietnam War.
In this radio interview, you can hear Lennon and Ono talk to their friend, journalist and eventual Oscar-winning filmmaker Howard Smith about all sorts of topics: Richard Nixon, education, theories of change, hippies, mantras, “The Ballad of John and Yoko” and more.
Listen to a John Lennon interview from 1969 via the Paste vault below.