Lennon: ‘I Don’t Want To Be A Dead Hero’

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December 8, 2010 | 9:35am EST

John Lennon blasted his critics and insisted he didn’t want to be a “dead hero” – just three days before he was murdered in New York.
The Beatles legend gave an interview to journalists from Rolling Stone magazine on 5 December, 1980, in which he slammed media commentators for their “worship” of tragic stars such as actor James Dean and Sex Pistols rocker Sid Vicious.

In an eerily prophetic statement, he said, “These critics with the illusions they’ve created about artists – it’s like idol worship. 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 f**king hero… So forget ’em, forget ’em.”

The interview, released to the Associated Press, will be published by the magazine in full for the first time on Friday. An edited version was printed in the days following Lennon’s death on 8 December, 1980.