Multiplatform music brand NME today unveils its Ultimate Icon issue, a special 60th birthday edition dedicated to John Lennon – the artist NME readers have voted as their greatest icon since the magazine was first published in 1952.

 As a tribute to his astounding talent, contribution to music and the profound influence his work continues to have, this issue reflects on John Lennon’s best work. It also includes a classic NME interview with Lennon from 1969, a look at Lennon’s life as seen through the pages of NME, his greatest work reassessed, classic and iconic photographs, as well as personal testimonials from the likes of Paul Weller, Liam Gallagher, Alex Turner and Miles Kane on why John Lennon is the Ultimate Icon of NME‘s lifetime. 

 A large pull out poster featuring two legendary photos of John Lennon, exclusive to NME, offered with this issue makes this a true collectors’ item.

 Readers’ votes refined a long list of 60 artists to a short list of four – Kurt Cobain, Alex Turner, John Lennon and Liam Gallagher – all vying for the NME Ultimate Icon status. Tens of thousands of votes were cast on www.NME.com, crowning John Lennon as the ultimate icon of NME’s lifetime.

 Since 1952, NME has reported on some of the most pivotal moments in music history and has featured in its pages artists who have shaped the music landscape. This issue celebrates the artists NME has been privileged to report on and appraise the albums which have made music history.