Remembering John Lennon

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NEW YORK, N.Y. —-Just days before his death John Lennon reaffirmed his battle cry to give peace a chance and all we need is love when he spoke to Rolling Stone’s Jonathan Cott.

On December 8, 1980, Mark David Chapman silenced the former Beatle and shook the world when he walked up to Lennon outside his New York apartment building and shot him four times. Lennon was 40-years-old.

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.

Fans will gather in New York’s Central Park Wednesday to pay their respects to the fallen singer songwriter who touched soo many though his music and message of love and peace.

The Central park event is only one of a handful event taking place around the world to pay homage to John Lennon. Lennon’s wife Yoko Ono will be featured during a charity concert in Japan, while another charity concert will take place in Lennon’s native Liverpool featuring bandmates from his first band, The Quarryman.

One of the most poignant tributes comes in the form of Lennon’s own voice who was recorded by Rolling Stone’s Jonathan Cott December 5, 1980. Cott’s tapes remained in his closet for three decades until he recently came across the two cassettes.

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.

Rolling Stone will publish Cott’s interview with Lennon Friday, or you can go to iTunes and download the audio portion of the interview to hear Lennon’s own words.

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