Seeking a Renaissance in San Francisco
Monday, December 8, 1980 – the day rock legend and former Beatle, John Lennon, was shot and killed in front of the Dakota in New York City. To commemorate the 30th anniversary of his passing, Rolling Stone magazine is releasing the last conducted interview of Lennon. Rolling Stone’s Jonathan Cott sat down with him for an interview on Dec. 5, three days before his murder. The result? – Nine hours of Lennon, now known as the Lost Lennon Tapes.
To listen to some audio excerpts from the interview, you can visit this site: Lost Lennon Tapes. To read more about the interview, visit the Rolling Stone feature here: Article. Ironically, in the interview, Lennon lashes out at his fans, saying, “What they want is dead heroes, like Sid Vicious and James Dean. I’m not interested in being a dead fucking hero…so forget ’em, forget ’em.”
As a side note, the above photo, which eventually became a Rolling Stone cover (not related to the Lost Lennon Tapes), was the last photo ever taken of the legend. It was in fact taken by Annie Leibovitz just a few hours before Lennon’s tragic murder in NYC.