By: Tyler Dossett
If you did not already know, John Lennon was part of one of the most famous and most successful bands in history. As an English singer/songwriter and musician, Lennon started off in a band known as The Quarryman, which later evolved into The Beatles. Lennon was known for having a rebellious personality, while also being a very peaceful man. He certainly spoke his mind in interviews, expressing his feelings and not caring about what anyone thought of him which led to many problems as well. Due to his criticism of the Vietnam War, Richard Nixon, the U.S. president, at that time even threatened to have him deported.
Lennon was born on October 9, 1940. He was born and raised in Liverpool, London where his career began as only a teenager. But on December 8, 1980, Lennon was gunned down at the entrance of his New York apartment. Mark David Chapman, Lennon’s killer, had been seen getting a copy of the album Double Fantasy, autographed by Lennon, only hours before shooting him. Chapman was charged with second degree murder and is to this day being held in prison.
Now, 30 years after John Lennon’s unfortunate death, The Rolling Stone has finally released the very last interview of Lennon. The issue with the complete interview is now available to purchase. Although a brief summary of the interview conducted by Jonathan Cotts was released back in 1980, this is the first time the full interview has been published. “Lennon’s words were totally joyous, vibrant, hopeful, and fearless,” Cotts said about the interview. Lennon talked about his career, life and his role as a father. He seemed to be very pleased on where his life had ended up. But what Cotts and Lennon mostly discussed was his opinion on critics. He was definitely a man of his own, a leader not a follower. Lennon didn’t care what critics thought or had to say about his music, interviews or his career decision to depart from “The Beatles.” Lennon said “that he only wanted to do what made him happy.”