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John Lennon’s Life And Legacy, 40 Years On

A champagne bottle with flowers adorns the "Imagine" mosaic at the Strawberry Fields Memorial for John Lennon, in Central Park in New York City.
A champagne bottle with flowers adorns the "Imagine" mosaic at the Strawberry Fields Memorial for John Lennon, in Central Park in New York City.

In the 1970s, Beatles frontman John Lennon was a global icon. But in his final years, in his apartment in Manhattan, he was a stay-at-home dad. December 8, 2020, marks the 40th anniversary of his assassination.

In his final years, Lennon left professional recording behind and focused on raising his son, Sean. The two walked through Central Park together. Lennon took to baking bread long before it was trendy.

Then, he was shot outside of his apartment building in one of the highest-profile assassinations in music history.

We’re talking with Tom Brook, one of the journalists who arrived on the scene of the murder first. What was it like to be there?

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