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I was there for nine hours at his home, and then into the recording studio, where they were making Yoko Ono’s record — very famous record, as it turned out, calledWalking On Thin Ice. Two nights later, on the night of Dec. 8, he was actually carrying a cassette tape that contained the final mix for that song — when he went home, just before he was killed. … What’s so fascinating to me is that their first date was a musical collaboration, and their ‘last date,’ so to speak, was also a musical collaboration. 

—Writer Jonathan Cott had a working relationship and friendship with John Lennon and Yoko Ono that spanned more than two decades. He sat in on recording sessions for The Beatles’ White Album, and was the last journalist to interview Lennon — just three days before Lennon died. His new book, Days That I’ll Remember: Spending Time with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, chronicles his years in the couple’s company. 
He shared some stories with NPR’s Jacki Lyden.

    I was there for nine hours at his home, and then into the recording studio, where they were making Yoko Ono’s record — very famous record, as it turned out, calledWalking On Thin Ice. Two nights later, on the night of Dec. 8, he was actually carrying a cassette tape that contained the final mix for that song — when he went home, just before he was killed. … What’s so fascinating to me is that their first date was a musical collaboration, and their ‘last date,’ so to speak, was also a musical collaboration.

    —Writer Jonathan Cott had a working relationship and friendship with John Lennon and Yoko Ono that spanned more than two decades. He sat in on recording sessions for The Beatles White Album, and was the last journalist to interview Lennon — just three days before Lennon died. His new book, Days That I’ll Remember: Spending Time with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, chronicles his years in the couple’s company. 

    He shared some stories with NPR’s Jacki Lyden.

  2. The Polyphonic Spree is on a holiday music tour to perform seasonal songs, including a beautiful version of John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over).” In a video, the song is set to animated watercolor paintings by artist Gala Bent.
Watch it now.
Photo: Steve Wrubel

    The Polyphonic Spree is on a holiday music tour to perform seasonal songs, including a beautiful version of John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over).” In a video, the song is set to animated watercolor paintings by artist Gala Bent.

    Watch it now.

    Photo: Steve Wrubel

  3. Bill Frisell is a soft-spoken guy who does a lot of talking with his guitar. At the Newport Jazz Festival, violinist Jenny Scheinman, pedal steel guitarist Greg Leisz and more helped Frisell interpret the songs of John Lennon in a live set.