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Special Tribute: John Lennon's Last Days

Listen to Lennon's final interview. Plus: Yoko Ono's favorite Lennon songs, photos of John and Yoko in New York, and excerpts from Rolling Stone's 1981 Tribute Issue

December 8, 2010 3:05 PM ET
Special Tribute: John Lennon's Last Days
Photograph by Annie Leibovitz

On December 8, 1980, John Lennon was murdered outside of his New York apartment building by a deranged fan. Three days before John Lennon was killed, Jonathan Cott spent hours interviewing him for a planned cover story. The complete Q&A, which is running in the new issue of Rolling Stone — available on stands, as well as in the online archives — has never been published before now. On this page you can find our web-exclusive companion coverage to the piece — everything from audio clips from the interview to a gallery of Lennon and Ono’s years in New York.


 

 

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