John Lennon 70th birthday: NPR to play rare audio interview

This Saturday, October 9, 2010 on what would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday, NPR News' Weekend Edition shares rarely heard audio from an historic interview with the legendary musician.

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Audiences can hear the tapes of Lennon on NPR Member stations (find locally at and online at the Weekend Edition page of where extended and additional clips will also be available.

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Just two days before John Lennon was tragically killed in 1980, Playboy magazine published an extensive interview with him by writer David Sheff.

The conversations were collected in the book All We Are Saying, but few have actually heard the 30-year-old recordings of Lennon.

Weekend Edition host Scott Simon speaks with Sheff about the three-week period he spent with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and shares poignant excerpts from the 22 hours of tapes Sheff made.

Audiences will hear Lennon reflecting on his fame, comparing baking his first loaf of bread to releasing an album, telling about the Beatles' collaborative songwriting process, pondering the violent deaths of pacifist figures and hoping for 40 more years of making music.

This is a rare opportunity to hear Lennon himself talking about his life and career.

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