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Former Beatle John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, speak at a news conference in New York City, in this April 2, 1973

Former Beatle John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, speak at a news conference in New York City, in this April 2, 1973

The Beatles are back in the US charts thanks to iTunes

The Beatles are back in the US charts thanks to iTunes

The Beatles' music is going on iTunes

The Beatles' music is going on iTunes

TO GO WITH STORY by Juan Castro Olivera, Lifestyle-US-Christmas(FILES) Music legend John Lennon in Cannes 17 May 1971 where he presented his movies 'Apotheosis' and 'The Flu'. Commercially Christmas is an important time for music companies which use artist from The Beatles, Lennon, U2, Sting to Venezuela's Voz Veis. (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

TO GO WITH STORY by Juan Castro Olivera, Lifestyle-US-Christmas(FILES) Music legend John Lennon in Cannes 17 May 1971 where he presented his movies 'Apotheosis' and 'The Flu'. Commercially Christmas is an important time for music companies which use artist from The Beatles, Lennon, U2, Sting to Venezuela's Voz Veis. (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

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The Beatles are going to be available on iTunes for the first time, it has been announced

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The Beatles have had 71 songs on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart while the Glee cast have now had 75

John Lennon's killer Mark David Chapman has served nearly 30 years in jail

John Lennon's killer Mark David Chapman has served nearly 30 years in jail

<b>All You Need is Love - The Beatles (1967)</b><br/>

The No.1 of the Summer of Love. The Fabs were commissioned to write the British contribution to Our World, a satellite-beamed global broadcast. The day before it was screened they pitched it as their next single and it topped the charts on 19 July.

<b>All You Need is Love - The Beatles (1967)</b><br/> The No.1 of the Summer of Love. The Fabs were commissioned to write the British contribution to Our World, a satellite-beamed global broadcast. The day before it was screened they pitched it as their next single and it topped the charts on 19 July.

John Lennon with Yoko Ono

John Lennon with Yoko Ono

John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono led the tributes

John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono led the tributes

A self-portrait cartoon of John Lennon and wife Yoko Ono sold for more than £37,000 at auction

A self-portrait cartoon of John Lennon and wife Yoko Ono sold for more than £37,000 at auction

The Beatles label Apple is to release music to download

The Beatles label Apple is to release music to download

John Lennon's Imagine has been named as his best-loved song

John Lennon's Imagine has been named as his best-loved song

DAVID BAILEY (B. 1938)John Lennon and Paul McCartney, 1965platinum-palladium print, printed latersigned and numbered '14/20' in pencil (verso)titled and dated on label on the backing board19½ x 19½in. (49.5 x 49.5cm.) Estimate £15,000 - 20,000

DAVID BAILEY (B. 1938)John Lennon and Paul McCartney, 1965platinum-palladium print, printed latersigned and numbered '14/20' in pencil (verso)titled and dated on label on the backing board19½ x 19½in. (49.5 x 49.5cm.) Estimate £15,000 - 20,000

The Beatles have been honoured with the Album Of The Decade

The Beatles have been honoured with the Album Of The Decade

The cover of Rolling Stone magazine carries image of former Beatle John Lennon (AP)

The cover of Rolling Stone magazine carries image of former Beatle John Lennon (AP)

John Lennon wrote a letter to Steve Tilston

John Lennon wrote a letter to Steve Tilston

John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono raise their fists as they join a protest in front of British Overseas Airways Corp. offices in New York on Fifth Avenue, Feb 5th 1972. The demonstrators called for the withdrawal of British troops from Northern Ireland.

John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono raise their fists as they join a protest in front of British Overseas Airways Corp. offices in New York on Fifth Avenue, Feb 5th 1972. The demonstrators called for the withdrawal of British troops from Northern Ireland.

The FBI has seized an official police set of John Lennon's fingerprints

The FBI has seized an official police set of John Lennon's fingerprints

&lt;b&gt;1994 - The Beatles&lt;/b&gt;

The three remaining members, McCartney, Harrison and Starr, banded together for the Anthology project in 1994 - based on work begun in the late 60s. The trio basically added new instrumental and vocal parts to two demo songs recorded by the late John Lennon. Electric Light Orchestra producer Jeff Lynne then doctored with the tracks by covering the music in his special bland brand of middle-of-the-road studio treacle. The moral of the story: If it sounds bad on paper...

<b>1994 - The Beatles</b> The three remaining members, McCartney, Harrison and Starr, banded together for the Anthology project in 1994 - based on work begun in the late 60s. The trio basically added new instrumental and vocal parts to two demo songs recorded by the late John Lennon. Electric Light Orchestra producer Jeff Lynne then doctored with the tracks by covering the music in his special bland brand of middle-of-the-road studio treacle. The moral of the story: If it sounds bad on paper...

Yoko Ono unveiled a blue plaque to honour John Lennon

Yoko Ono unveiled a blue plaque to honour John Lennon

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Former Beatle John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, speak at a news conference in New York City, in this April 2, 1973

Three days before he was gunned down, John Lennon complained about his critics - saying they were just interested in "dead heroes".

He also talked optimistically about his family and future, musing that he had "plenty of time" to accomplish some of his life goals.



He spoke in an interview released to the Associated Press by Rolling Stone today, the 30th anniversary of the musician's death.

The issue of Rolling Stone magazine containing Lennon's final interview will be on US news stands on Friday.



While brief excerpts of Jonathan Cott's interview with Lennon were released for a 1980 Rolling Stone cover story days after Lennon's death, this is the first time the entire interview has been published.



"His words are totally joyous and vibrant and hopeful and subversive and fearless," said Cott. "He didn't mince words."



Lennon saves some of his harshest words for critics who were perennially disappointed with his path in both music and life after leaving the Beatles.

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"These critics with the illusions they've created about artists - it's like idol worship," he said. "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. I'm not interesting in being a dead (expletive) hero. So forget 'em, forget 'em."



He also predicted that Bruce Springsteen, then hailed as rock's bright future, would endure the same critical barbs: "And God help Bruce Springsteen when they decide he's no longer God. They'll turn on him, and I hope he survives it."



But Lennon also talked about trying to be a good father to his youngest son Sean, learning how to relate to a child (he admitted he wasn't good at play) and spoke of his strong bond with wife Yoko Ono: "I've selected to work with ... only two people: Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono. That ain't bad picking."



At 40, he was also reflective of what he had accomplished in life and explored life's themes, and remained committed to his goal of peace and love on earth.



"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."



Cott interviewed Lennon at his apartment and at his record studio. The interview was originally planned for a cover story for Lennon and Ono's upcoming album Double Fantasy, but in the rush to put out a story after Lennon was shot dead outside his apartment building by Mark David Chapman, only snippets were used.



Cott said he never went back to the three hours of tapes until a few months ago when he was cleaning out his closet.

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"On a strip of magnetic tape, it was sort of a miracle that first of all, the tape had not degraded after 30 years," he said. "All of a sudden, this guy's voice, totally alive ... just made me feel so inspired that I felt that I should really transcribe the whole thing."



Cott said he was struck by how much Lennon was thinking about his life and mortality.



"There were a lot of strange consideration of where he was and what he felt like sort of in the middle of his journey," Cott said. "I think it was like a mid-life meditation, I was struck by that."



The magazine also included an essay by Ono recalling her final days with her husband.



Ono released a statement yesterday in tribute to Lennon.



"On this tragic anniversary please join me in remembering John with deep love and respect," Ono said. "In his short-lived life of 40 years, he has given so much to the world. The world was lucky to have known him. We still learn so much from him today. John, I love you!"




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