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.”
At the time of this interview, Reed and his band, The Velvet Underground, had already recorded the two albums The Velvet Underground & Nico and White Light/White Heat. The internal struggles within the band surfaced, and as a result, manager Andy Warhol had been fired and Nico and John Cale had left the group. Reed’s new album, The Velvet Underground, had just been released, and he and Smith discuss the band's name, radio as opposed to film being the future of entertainment, and Reed’s newfound dislike of drugs.