John Lennon and Yoko Ono – December 17th 1969: Interviewed at legendary rockabilly musician Ronnie Hawkins’ ranch outside Toronto, the couple details their new campaign for peace. They discuss a week they spent earlier in the month with camera crews for two British documentaries, a newly released live album, and a benefit concert they had recently played in London. Just two days prior, posters had been put up in twelve cities around the world bearing the enduring, simple message, “WAR IS OVER! IF YOU WANT IT Happy Christmas from John & Yoko.”
By the time of this hotel room interview, Zappa had already released 11 albums in his prolific career. A few months prior, he formed a new version of his band The Mothers and made the film 200 Motels. The interview ranges over a variety of topics: the film, his band’s rehearsal regimen, and the nuts and bolts of managing The Mothers. The conversation turns to his dislike of the audiences at the Fillmore East. Near the end of the interview, we hear John Lennon and Yoko Ono chime in.
"So nice to be able to spend an hour with Frank"