Early in the morning of 12 December 1968, following their performances in The Rolling Stones’ Rock And Roll Circus, John Lennon and Yoko Ono gave an interview to the BBC radio show Night Ride.
The show was presented by John Peel, and went out live from the BBC’s Broadcasting House in central London from 12.05-2am on BBC Radio 1 and 2. The interview was in the first half of the show.
Night Ride also featured performances from folk musicians John Martyn, Harold McNair, Jacquie McShee and John Renbourn, and poet Christopher Logue was another guest.
Lennon discussed his first guitar, and his plans for a photo book of the You Are Here exhibition he and Ono had recently staged. He spoke about the Rock And Roll Circus, sang a version of It’s Now Or Never, and recited his poems Jock And Yono and Once Upon A Pool Table, introducing them as A Piece Of Paper Called Charles.
Towards the end of the interview Ono discussed their film projects, mentioning the screenings of Smile and Two Virgins at the Chicago Film Festival.
After the interview Lennon and Ono returned to Wembley to see The Rolling Stones’ performance for their television special.
The Rolling Stones, always keen to keep up with The Beatles, wanted a television special to rival Magical Mystery Tour. Rock And Roll Circus was their version, intended to mix music with performers hired from Sir Robert Fossett’s Circus. Read more »