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Sale 09ROCK Lot 176
John Lennon & Yoko Ono Unreleased Audio Conversation
In this intense, intimate and revealing original cassette recording of a private conversation in 1969 between John Lennon and Yoko Ono, the couple speaks primarily about Yoko's past relationships, her music and art, and their random views on sex, love, promiscuity, and homosexuality. Much of the 45-minute conversation is guided by John, who asks Yoko a series of explicit questions to which she directly responds. John sporadically adds his viewpoints, opinions, and insights, which lead to more questions. Yoko speaks of her relationship with her first husband, classical composer Toshi Ichiyanagi, whom she married in 1956 and divorced in 1962 after having multiple affairs. The influence of avant-garde composer and friend John Cage is discussed, which leads to Yoko's speaking of her frustration with the art world and being told that her ideas were not sufficiently feminine. She also complains that she believed that her mentality was far beyond that of her contemporaries. Of her marriage to Tony Cox in 1963, she relates that it was the last time she had ever been close to being in love with another person. On John's urging, Yoko delves into her feelings on past promiscuity and her insecurity, which prompts John to say that he believes that women are just as tough as men, and that men bear the same weaknesses as women. He adds that he had never met an attractive woman that had sexually aroused him to any great degree. He very candidly quizzes Yoko about the meaning of fidelity in a relationship, and asks her about her sexual abilities. In graphic language, she replies that she is not the type of woman to be very promiscuous. John then asks how long it would take her to get over past love - Yoko seems to not give a direct answer, but states that women sometimes engage in sex because of sentimental or romantic proclivities. She then describes some men as perhaps being scheming, with ulterior motives in mind in order to bed a woman. John in turn rebuts her statement and claims she is contradicting herself. Speaking within the context of an affair after her break-up with Tony Cox, and having no inhibitions about such things at the time, John inquires as to why she will not now have sex, asking if the reason is that she's in love. He asks her what the problem might be. She replies that she is absolutely terrified...This fascinating, intimate 45-minute conversation must be paraphrased for legal reasons, but the content is revealing of the intense relationship between John Lennon and Yoko Ono that continues to this day. Much more exists on the tape, but space limitations do not allow us to include additional description. This recording provides an important insight into the very beginning of one of the most talked-about love stories of the last one hundred years! This original, one-of-a-kind item is offered as a collector's item, with no rights neither given nor implied.
Estimate $ 20,000-30,000
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