Thirty years ago today, John Lennon was shot and killed outside his New York apartment building.
Fans across the world are paying their respects to the Beatles’ legend in honor of the anniversary. Many gathered in New York at Strawberry Fields, the Central Park garden dedicated in his honor, while others pay homage to Lennon at a charity concert in Japan featuring his wife Yoko Ono. A charity concert is also taking place in Lennon’s native Liverpool featuring bandmates from his first band, The Quarryman. Digital tributes are also flooding the Internet, particularly on Twitter where a John Lennon emoticon has popped up ((°J°)) with fans also sharing their “#wherewereyou” moments, recalling how they first learned the news of his death.
Rolling Stone also released never-before-heard audio from Jonathan Cott’s interview with Lennon, just three days before he was murdered.
“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.”
Listen to clips from that last interview here.