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    Thu, 13 May 2010 12:14:18

    Tape of 1966 Beatles Press Conference for Sale in Los Angeles - Auction being held

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    According to Reuters, the only known recording of a press conference held on August 17, 1966 by The Beatles, during which the late John Lennon was questioned about his now infamous statement that his band was more popular than Jesus, is being auctioned off in Los Angeles in June. The 14-minute reel-to-reel tape is expected to fetch a healthy $20,000.

    The tape will be auctioned off by Bonhams & Butterfields Auction House.

    The press conference was held at the King Edward Hotel in Toronto and even features Lennon and cohort Paul McCartney joking about how long the band would last. In addition to the discussion of Lennon’s inflammatory Jesus comment, topics like the Vietnam War and generation gaps were also brought up. The audio recording is the only surviving document of the event; there is no known television or further audio recording of it. The tapes were made by a young photojournalist and Beatles fan who attended the press conference; he tried to sell them in 1966, but had no buyers. The two reels lay in a drawer for over 40 years and are considered to be the most expensive items at the June 13 auction in Los Angeles.

    Would you be interested in hearing these tapes?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    05.13.10




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