In December of 1968, Keele University student Maurice Hindle was given the opportunity of a lifetime when his letter to a Beatles fanzine requesting an interview with John Lennon was answered – by Lennon himself. Maurice spent hours at Lennon’s Surrey home while John and Yoko gave a candid, fascinating glimpse into the lives of these great artists and their roles as the counterculture’s leading icons.
Some of the most dramatic portions of the interview center on John’s reaction to a letter that appeared in the October 1968 issue of The Black Dwarf – a leftist political and cultural newspaper published by Tariq Ali. Maurice showed the somewhat scathing letter to John and what followed was a fascinating, stream-of-consciousness discourse on politics, life and music. Shortly after his encounter with Hindle, John wrote a rebuttal letter to The Black Dwarf which appeared in the January 1969 issue.
The audio tapes of the interview were acquired by the Hard Rock in 1987 and we’re proud to present them here in their entirety. The audio is divided into three sections – parts 1 and 2 of the Lennon interview and a fascinating contemporary memoir of the experience by Maurice Hindle himself. Transcripts are linked below and we’ve also included some provocative quotations from both issues of The Black Dwarf and some of the historic John Lennon memorabilia from our global collection.