This Day in Pop Culture for January 22

Cover of Rolling Stones featuring John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

The Infamous Portrait of John Lennon and Yoko Ono

Many have seen the Annie Liebowitz portrait of John Lennon and Yoko Ono for the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine that was published on this day in 1981. It featured a naked John Lennon curled up in a fetal embrace of a fully clothed Yoko Ono. However, many are unaware that this photo was taken on December 8, 1980 – just twelve hours before Lennon was shot to death. Liebowitz was given instructions from the editor of the time to get some pictures without Yoko, but when she arrived at the Lennon’s home, he told her that he wanted the pictures to include Yoko. While not happy with this arrangement, Liebowitz went along with the request and it turns out this portrait is one of her most famous. 

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