January 22, 1981 ~ The John Lennon tribute issue of Rolling Stone is published with the famous Annie Leibovitz photo of a naked Lennon embracing a fully-clothed Yoko Ono.

Lennon had done an interview with the magazine to promote his 1980 album Double Fantasy, his first since 1975. For the cover photo, he insisted Yoko join him. Leibovitz was dispatched to their apartment in the Dakota building in New York, where she showed them a sketch of the pose she had in mind. John and Yoko gave it a go, he wearing nothing and she fully clothed. When Leibovitz showed them a Polaroid, Lennon said it captured their relationship exactly. That night, Lennon was shot and killed outside the building.

When the issue arrives, it’s dedicated entirely to Lennon. The cover is simply the photo and magazine’s logo.


Ringo Starr and Dave Grohl Interview: Beatles, Nirvana, Drumming 

This is good …

Ringo Starr and Dave Grohl sit down to interview each other for the first RS Musicians on Musicians series.

Source: Ringo Starr and Dave Grohl Interview: Beatles, Nirvana, Drumming – Rolling Stone

Two drummers turned frontmen go deep on their craft, losing John Lennon and Kurt Cobain, and finding life after their legendary bands

Let It Be 

Hey, look what turns 35 today … The Mats release their third album on October 2, 1984.

It’s #241 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and the opening track, “I Will Dare,” has been inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

Heady stuff, Westy …