Shortly before 11 pm on December 8, 1980, thirty-four years ago today, John Lennon was shot dead. He was the most radical rock star of his generation, and his refusal to stop speaking out about injustice made him the target of surveillance by the US government for most of the 1970s. An assassin's bullets may have felled him, but his message of peace and love will endure forever.
In this 2005 interview, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! talks with UCal-Irvine history professor Jon Wiener, author of two books on Lennon, about Lennon’s politics, his FBI files, and why Richard Nixon tried to deport him.
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