A new eight-CD box set gathering together five lengthy conversations John Lennon and Yoko Ono had with Village Voice journalist and New York radio personality Howard Smith will be released on April 14.  Smith Tapes: I’m Not The Beatles: John & Yoko Interviews 1969-72 features audio of Lennon and his wife discussing a wide variety of topics, including the couple’s political activism, their interest in primal therapy, the breakup of The Beatles and the band members’ solo work.

The compilation features interviews that took place in May 1969 via the phone when Lennon and Ono were hosting their famous Bed-In event in Montreal, in December 1969 at rocker Ronnie Hawkins‘ home near Toronto, in December 1970 at the Regency Hotel in New York City, in September 1971 at the St. Regis Hotel in NYC and in January 1972 at the couple’s apartment on Bank St. in the Big Apple.

The box set lists at $49.99 but currently is available at SeeOfSound.com for the discounted pre-order price of $37.49.  Smith’s interviews with Lennon and Ono previously were available separately as part of a series of Smith Tapes compilations featuring Howard chatting with various rock stars.

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