Today is the 30th Anniversary of the murder of John Lennon (here's a look back at that day)—and while you may expect to see fans flocking to Strawberry Fields all day, you may not have expected to hear new words from the man himself. Rolling Stone has just released the last interview with the former Beatle, which was conducted just three days before his final breath was taken. The interview was done by the magazine's Jonathan Cott, and lasted nine hours; while select parts have been used, Cott never transcribed all of the tapes and simply left them in his closet collecting dust.

The interview will be on newsstands this Friday, but the magazine is giving some hints in the meantime. They say "Lennon lashes out at fans and critics who went after him during his five-year break from music. 'What they want is dead heroes, like Sid Vicious and James Dean. I'm not interested in being a dead fucking hero...so forget 'em, forget 'em." Cott says overall "his words are totally joyous and vibrant and hopeful and subversive and fearless." During the interview Lennon also discussed The Beatles hitting the road again, saying, "We're born-again rockers, and we're starting over... There's plenty of time, right? Plenty of time." He noted that if it happened there would be no eyeliner, a nod to the new glam trends of the time. Here's a New York City radio scan from the night he died—where a listener of one station calls in to ask the media never to release the name of the man who pulled the trigger.

If you want to explore some of Lennon's NYC, Lonely Planet has a tour... and here's a little taste of what's going on in Strawberry Fields this afternoon:

Yoko Ono released the following statement last night: “On this tragic anniversary please join me in remembering John with deep love and respect. 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!”