'Rolling Stone' reveals never published interview with John Lennon 32 years after his death

By Sarah Burbank-Douglas,

December 8, 2012 marks 32 years since the Beatles' John Lennon was tragically murdered in front of his apartment when crazed fan Mark David Chapman gunned down the iconic singer.

Rolling Stone magazine reveals that the vivacious and ultra-talented musician sat down with the magazine where he engaged in a nine hour interview just three days before he would be murdered. According to the report, the interview was never fully transcribed as editor Jonathan Cott instead was faced with writing an obituary.

Cott had the privilege to speak to Lennon and Yoko Ono about the album that would be known as Double Fantasy featuring the voice talents of both Lennon and Ono.

Cott recalls Lennon being “kind,” “graceful,” “direct and playful.” The interview was cut short so Lennon could go work on The White Album but the gracious Lennon invited Cott and some of his team out to dinner to make up for the missed time and to continue forward with the interview.

In the interview, Lennon touches on some of his solo work as well as his work with Yoko which resulted in some of the most iconic songs, including “Beautiful Boy,” about his son Sean, “Good Morning Good Morning” and “Wheels,” among others.

Lennon leads Cott through his musical past in the creation of “Yellow Submarine,” “Imagine” and “A Little Help From My Friends.”

Today, fans united in Strawberry Field in New York’s Central Park to remember the icon, Ed Sullivan.com reports. Additionally, a vigil was held in Lennon’s home town of Liverpool. Ono spoke at the vigil saying, “On this tragic anniversary please join me in remembering John with deep love and respect. In his short lived life of 40 years, he has given so much to the world. The world was lucky to have known him. We still learn so much from him today. John, I love you!”

Image Credit: Rolling Stone

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