Sacks & Co.Highlights of interviews Village Voice journalist and New York radio personality Howard Smith conducted with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, The Doors' Jim Morrison and other celebrities are featured in a newly released digital album. The Smith Tapes: Collection 2 -- Aquarian Theatre is the second installment of a monthly compilation series offering selections from Smith's conversations with various luminaries at historic points in their lives and careers during the years 1969 through 1972.
Collection 2 features an interview Lennon and Ono gave on December 17, 1969 when the couple was in Toronto to launch their "War Is Over" peace campaign, as well as a conversation with Morrison from November 6 of that year, just three days before he was set to go to court over his March '69 arrest in Miami after he allegedly exposed himself on stage.
Meanwhile, a third installment of The Smith Tapes, subtitled Everything Is Not OK, is scheduled to be released on January 14. Collection 3 will include another interview with John and Yoko, from December 12, 1970; plus conversations with George Harrison from May 1, 1970, and Janis Joplin from September 30, 1970 -- the latter recorded just four days before the blues-rock singer's death.
The first volume of The Smith Tapes, dubbed Collection 1: Fillmore East, was released on November 20 and boasted yet another chat with Lennon and Ono, as well as interviews with Eric Clapton, Frank Zappa, Lou Reed, famed concert promoter Bill Graham and Andy Warhol.
Volume one and two of The Smith Tapes are available for purchase now at iTunes, Amazon and other digital retailers. Clips from many of the artists Smith has interviewed can be sampled online at the project's official SoundCloud page.
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