John Lennon’s Lost (and Last) Interview Released on 30th Anniversary of his Death

By Andy Greene | Rolling Stone Magazine
Dec 07, 2010 11:30 PM EST

On December 5, 1980, three days before he was murdered, John Lennon sat down with Rolling Stones Jonathan Cott for a nine-hour interview. Select excerpts from the interview ran in Rolling Stones tribute to John Lennon the following month — but Cott never transcribed all of the tapes. For 30 years they sat in the back of his closet.

“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 says. “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.”

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