John Lennon Described Recording Let It Be As 'Hell'

A new audio interview has been unearthed in which John Lennon can be heard describing the experience of recording Let It Be as "hell." The tape, recorded by the Village Voice's Howard Smith in 1969, was seemingly lost until now.

The tape was discovered in Smith's closet and will soon hit the auction block via RR Auctions. In the tape, Lennon says:

"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."

He added: "There's just tension. It's tense every time the red light goes on. We never really finished it. We didn't really want to do it. Paul [McCartney] was hustling for us to do it. It's the Beatles with their suits off."

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