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Saturday marked the anniversary of one of the most infamous Rolling Stone cover, shot by Annie Leibovitz on December 8th, 1980. Something I didn’t know was that the picture was taken only 5 hours before Lennon was shot. The breakdown comes from exp.lore.com.


On December 8, 1980, legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz photographed John Lennon and Yoko Ono at the couple’s New York City apartment for Rolling Stone magazine. Though Leibovitz had intended to shoot Lennon alone, insisted Yoko be in the photograph. At the end of the shoot, Lennon said the photograph of him nude curled around his wife “captured our relationship exactly.” Five hours later, he was shot outside of the Dakota Building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. Rolling Stone’s used Leibovitz’s photograph as the cover of the January 22, 1981 Lennon tribute issue and in 2005 was names the top cover of the past 40 years by the American Society of Magazine Editors