THE Beatles founding member John Lennon is being remembered today on the 30th anniversary of his death. The singer-songwriter was 40-years-old when he was shot dead outside his apartment building in New York by crazed fan Mark Chapman in 1980. Fans around the globe are planning commemorations and tributes to one of the most important songwriters of modern times, reports Rolling Stone Magazine.
To mark the anniversary, Rolling Stone have dedicated their December 2010 issue to the singer, which features a nine-hour interview that Lennon gave just three days before his death. Speaking to rock-writer JONATHAN COTT, the former Beatle spoke of his reluctance to become a 'dead hero', saying, "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". Speaking about conducting the lengthy interview, which is being published in its entirety for the first time, Cott said, "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. It had been 30 years since I listened to them".
Lennon was highly critical of the music press in the interview, and mentioned Bruce Springsteen, who was being sold as the new face of rock at the time. The singer said, "God help Bruce Springsteen when they decide he's no longer God. ... They'll turn on him, and I hope he survives it".