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John Lennon: A Special Tribute 40 Years Later

Forty years ago, on December 8th, 1980, John Lennon was murdered outside of his New York City apartment building. Three days prior to the tragic event, he spoke with Rolling Stone for nine hours. He was famously photographed for that story, naked and curling up in a fetal position next to a fully-clothed Yoko Ono. The image would become the cover of our January 22nd, 1981 issue, a heartbreaking tribute to the legend whom RS founder Jann Wenner called the magazine’s “North Star."

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John Lennon: A Special Tribute 40 Years Later

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