♪♫ John Lennon final print interview; digital tributes flood the Internet (Audio)
Three days before John Lennon died, he told Rolling Stone's Jonathan Cott, "Give peace a chance. Don't shoot people for peace. All we need is love. I believe it."
On December 8, 1980, Mark David Chapman walked up to Lennon outside his Dakota Apartment and shot him four times. His death shook the world. Digital tributes to the singer have flooded the Internet, 30 years later. On Twitter, a John Lennon emoticon has popped up: ((°J°)), and fans have been sharing their "#wherewereyou" moments, vividly recalling how they heard the news of his death.
Another tribute has risen up, Lennon's own voice, vibrantly alive on tapes recorded by Cott for an extended interview. Cott's tapes had remained in his closet for three decades until he recently came across the two cassette tapes marked, "John Lennon, December 5th, 1980."
The man on the tape seems fully aware of his place in time, noting he's too old to take up the battle cry of youth -- that's the duty of the new brand of "punks." But he still sees a long future for himself and his music. "We're born-again rockers, and we're starting over...There's plenty of time, right? Plenty of time."
"There were a lot of strange consideration of where he was and what he felt like sort of in the middle of his journey. I think it was like a mid-life meditation. I was struck by that," Cott told the Associated Press.
Add your own memory of John Lennon's death here, or leave your favorite John Lennon quote in the comments.
All we are saying is give peace a chance! ((°J°))
"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans" John Lennon ((°J°))
((°J°)) "I'm the walrus!!!! Goo goo g'joob" #JWL
Correction: As Calliaume points out, this was John Lennon's final print interview. He gave a radio interview on December 8th.
More stories on John Lennon:
The Early Lead: How 'Monday Night Football' told world John Lennon had died.
Photographs: The legacy of John Lennon.
Yoko Ono: The Tea Maker Op-ed column in the New York Times.
| December 8, 2010; 7:28 AM ET
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