(NEW YORK) -- Three days before he was murdered, John Lennon sat down with Rolling Stone magazine for what turned out to be his final interview, and spoke about having “plenty of time” to explore some of his life’s goals.
Now, Rolling Stone has released the entire interview, titled "John Lennon's Last Days," for the first time to mark the 30th anniversary of Lennon’s death. It will be on magazine stands Friday.
The Dec. 5, 1980 interview by Jonathan Cott was originally planned for a cover story of Lennon’s upcoming Double Fantasy album. Portions of the interview were rushed into print by Rolling Stone after Lennon was killed.
In the interview, which Rolling Stone is also releasing in audio form on its website, Lennon blasts critics who expressed disappointment with his choices in music and life after The Beatles. Lennon says, “These critics with the illusions they’ve created about artists -- it’s like idol worship. They only like people when they’re on their way up...I cannot be on the way up again. What they want is dead heroes, like Sid Vicious and James Dean. I’m not interested in being a dead [expletive] hero.”
Lennon predicted that Bruce Springsteen, who at the time was being hailed as the future of rock ‘n’ roll, would one day endure the same jabs from critics. Lennon told Cott, “And God help Bruce Springsteen when they decide he’s no longer God...They’ll turn on him, and I hope he survives it.”
Lennon also spoke in the interview about two strong connections he’s made in life, saying, “I’ve selected to work with...only two people: Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono...That ain’t bad picking.”
The former Beatle was also reflective about his fame and the status he’s achieved, saying, “I’m not claiming divinity...I’ve never claimed to have the answers to life. I only put out songs and answer questions as honesty as I can...But I still believe in peace, love and understanding.”
In addition to the complete interview, Rolling Stone will also publish an essay by Yoko Ono, recalling her final days with her husband.
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