Rolling Stone’s John Lennon full final interview released, in honor of his 30th death anniversary

By on Dec 8, 2010 in Current Events, Entertainment, Music Comments

Rolling Stone’s final interview to John Lennon that was kept for 30 years will finally be released finally, in which the interview happened three days before the music icon was murdered, as posted on their official website on Tuesday.

According to, John Lennon was interviewed by Jonathan Cott of the Rolling Stone magazine on December 5, 1980, for nine long hours; but only a small part was released in the 1980 Rolling Stone cover story and the full interview was never released.

“Earlier this year I was cleaning up to find some files in the recesses of my closet when I came across two cassette tapes marked ‘John Lennon, December 5th, 1980,'” Cott said on the post.

“It had been 30 years since I listened to them, and when I put them on this totally alive, uplifting voice started speaking on this magical strip of magnetic tape.” He added.

“His (John Lennon’s) words are totally joyous and vibrant and hopeful and subversive and fearless. He didn’t mince words”. Cott said during a recent interview.

Below is a part of John Lennon’s final interview, as done by Jonathan Cott of Rolling Stone magazine.

“I’m not claiming divinity. I’ve never claimed purity of soul. I’ve never claimed to have the answers to life. I only put out songs and answer questions as honestly as I can … But I still believe in peace, love and understanding.

“What they want is dead heroes, like Sid Vicious and James Dean. I’m not interested in being a dead hero…so forget ’em, forget ’em.”

On the said interview, John Lennon also talked about his youngest son, Sean; and Bruce Springsteen, who was then being predicted to be have a bright future in rock music.

The John Lennon’s full final interview will be included on Rolling Stone magazine which will be available on Friday, and will mark the 30th death anniversary of the late Beatles founder.

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