John Lennon on and in "Rolling Stone" Photograph by Annie Leibovitz

John Lennon on and in "Rolling Stone" Photograph by Annie Leibovitz

On the 30th anniversary of his death, John Lennon‘s last print interview has been discovered and published in Rolling Stone magazine.

A nine hour interview taped just three days before his end, John Lennon talked candidly with Rolling Stone‘s Jonathan Cott.

Only certain cuts were ever published by the magazine in a special tribute.

“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.”

Excerpts from the interview that will hit newsstands Friday include Lennon‘s anger at fans/critics who chided him during his five-year break from music. “What they want is dead heroes, like Sid Vicious and James Dean,” Lennon says. “I’m not interested in being a dead fucking hero…so forget ’em, forget ’em.”

Lennon also intimated at a possible return to the road, saying, “We just might do it,” he said. “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.”

Yoko Ono also talked about Lennon at his last moments. “Just before we left the studio (minutes before he died) John looked at me, I looked at him. His eyes had an intensity of a guy about to tell me something important. ‘Yes,’ I asked. And I will never forget how, with a deep, soft voice, as if to carve his words in my mind, he said the most beautiful things to me. ‘Oh,’ I said after a while, and looked away, feeling a bit embarrassed.”

More can be read at rollingstone.com.  Full magazine interview (with pages that you can hold) in two days.