Beatles John Lennon 1964 Hull Interview to be Auctioned in Scarborough

A 1964 interview with John Lennon that was taped by a Hull art student but never broadcast will be auctioned off.

On the recording, John Lennon, then 18 years old, is heard saying that he does not consider The Beatles to be “particularly good musicians” and admitting that he had a buddy take his art test for him while the band was on tour.

The reel-to-reel interview was captured by Mr. Hill, a Hull Art College student, before to a Beatles concert.

After 50 years in a drawer, he discovered the recording in 2014.

Mr. Hill “bluffed” his way into the room where the Beatles were speaking to the press, according to Graham Paddison of David Duggleby Auctioneers in Scarborough, who are selling the collection.

I was the only one with a microphone and the youngest person in the room, Mr. Hill later recounted.

The [reel-to-reel] machine really piqued Lennon’s curiosity. As a result, we ended up doing an interview in a corner with passing newsmen who occasionally threw forth oddball queries.

Along with the recording device, pictures, and student magazine articles, the eight and a half minute interview, which has never been televised, will also be auctioned off.

One of the most stunning things, according to the auctioneer, was how at ease the two of them appeared to be together—just two art college students speaking.

The teenage interviewer noted that Lennon was “as pleasant as could be, not flippant or jokey or smart dick, treating his questions with respect, which of course makes his replies intriguing.”

Lennon observed, “I’ve never really thought about it but I think, we don’t see ourselves as excellent musicians, so I assume we’re entertainers, but we don’t entertain much because we just stand there, so I suppose we must be musicians. I don’t know.”

The recording was discovered by Mr. Hill, who subsequently served as a schoolteacher and lecturer at Leeds University, during a clean-out. He sold it to the present owner, a collector of Hull artifacts and memorabilia.

On Friday, the item will be put up for auction at David Duggleby’s on Vine Street in Scarborough.

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