The Lost Quotes Of John Lennon

In honor of the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s death, Rolling Stone has released his final interview, which took place just a few days before he was murdered on December 8, 1980. The interviewer, Jonathan Cott, never transcribed the tapes in the wake of John Lennon’s murder, and they remained in his closet for 30 years, until now. After the jump, some of the best quotes from John Lennon’s final interview—haunting, prolific, and inspiring.On the release of his album Double Fantasy after a five-year sabbatical:

“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.”

On the suicide of Sid Vicious:

“What they want is dead heroes, like Sid Vicious and James Dean. I’m not interested in being a dead f**king hero … so forget ‘em, forget ‘em.”

On the possibility of touring again:

“We just might do it. But there will be no smoke bombs, no lipstick, no flashing lights. It just has to be comfy. But we could have a laugh. We’re born-again rockers, and we’re starting over. There’s plenty of time, right? Plenty of time.”

Predicting the eventual negative criticism of Bruce Springsteen:

“And God help Bruce Springsteen when they decide he’s no longer God. They’ll turn on him, and I hope he survives it.”

On his wife and former band mate:

“I’ve selected to work with … only two people: Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono. That ain’t bad picking.”

On his spiritual beliefs:

“I’m not claiming divinity. I’ve never claimed purity of soul. I’ve never claimed to have the answers to life. I only put out songs and answer questions as honestly as I can. But I still believe in peace, love and understanding.”

[Rolling Stone]
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