December 8, 1980 is a day that will forever be marred in tragedy and sorrow, not only for the rock ‘n’ roll community, but for the world at large.

To recognize the 40th anniversary of John Lennon’s senseless assassination, we offer this digital reprint — taken directly from the AQ archives — of the December 17, 1980 In Memoriam issue, featuring coverage of the Central Park vigil, and commentary from writer Mike Greenblatt.

You can also experience this exclusive historical recap on Spotify. Follow The Aquarian Archives podcast today and enjoy over 50 years of music features brought to life through crisp storytelling by Aquarian publisher Diane Casazza. Visit Spotify now or enjoy the playlist below, which also includes a John Lennon tribute mix curated by AQ Managing Editor Dan Alleva featuring 27 classic tracks from John Lennon as well as The Beatles.