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Yoko Ono

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Yoko Ono, born 18 February 1933 in Tokyo, is a Japanese artist most widely known for her relationship with John Lennon of The Beatles. When Yoko first met Lennon, she was an artist exhibiting in the UK. Working with art group Fluxus throughout the 1960s, Ono was a pioneer in the burgeoning conceptual art movement which included work in sculpture, performance, filmmaking and music.

Few women in the history of rock & roll have stirred as much controversy as Yoko Ono. Although her romance with Lennon was hardly the only factor straining the relationships between the Beatles, she became a convenient scapegoat for the group’s breakup and was repeatedly raked over the coals in the media for her influence over Lennon, both in his life and his music. Ono’s own work as an artist and musician didn’t mitigate the public’s enmity toward her; to the average man on the street, her avant-garde conceptual art seemed bizarre and ridiculous, and her highly experimental rock & roll (which often spotlighted her primal vocals) was simply too abrasive to tolerate. That view wasn’t necessarily universal, and in fact the merits of her work are still hotly debated.

Regardless of individual opinion, Ono has left a lasting legacy; she was an undeniably seminal figure in the history of performance art, and elements of her music prefigured the arty sides of punk and new wave (whether she was a direct influence is still debated, although The B-52’s did admit to drawing from her early records).

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  • K1xoblan

    Queen!

    1 Mar 9:02pm Reply
  • melilot_909

    Happy Birthday, dear Yoko!

    18 Feb 3:09pm Reply
  • vaka3

    Happy Birthday Yoko!

    18 Feb 6:32am Reply
  • Akayz7

    goddamn she's amazing... at 80 and still kicking it good ;)

    7 Feb 8:10pm Reply
  • PhoenixBloom

    Sooo...anyone want to actually talk about her amazing music instead of talking shit? :-)

    4 Feb 9:48pm Reply
  • B1ackjack_

    Yoko Ono's fedora is the best ok [2]

    20 Jan 3:41am Reply
  • rememberlove-

    v never deep enough, but certainly deep for people with a miserable musical taste like yours and the person right bellow.

    11 Jan 10:52pm Reply
  • Shitga

    -facepalm- This shoutbox is a MESS.

    28 Dec 2013 Reply
  • PhoenixBloom

    @Rup23 - I understand that Yoko isn't your idea of a talented artist but your arguments are very weak, I don't get the impression you've actually sat down with an open mind and listened to her music. Yoko has a different kind of talent but she is no less talented, she's a great songwriter and has great and creative musical ideas that are executed well in her music. I hope one day you can learn to see what her fans see, but you must be more open minded I feel. Yoko can actually sing when she wants to but she likes to keep things unconventional which is why I love her, try her album "Approximately Infinite Universe" and come back to the discussion, I hope you like what you hear. :-)

    21 Dec 2013 Reply
  • PhoenixBloom

    Yoko is an artist, people need to keep this in mind, and I mean I REAL artist (yes there is such a thing), this sadly goes over a lot of people's head. She's my favourite artist at this present time, admire her work.

    21 Dec 2013 Reply
  • bluerthanthezoo

    La versión de Yoko es mejor que la original. lol

    19 Nov 2013 Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    And, ironically, that Fireworks video is pretty cool. A little old lady took a rubbish pop song and turned it into something that causes a reaction in people. Well done.

    18 Nov 2013 Reply
  • optimistic_tour

    I must add: it's downright hilarious when a non-fan spends time finding the "worst" examples of an artist just to prove to everyone that they're incorrect in enjoying her music.

    18 Nov 2013 Reply
  • optimistic_tour

    Rup23: "I have some personal reason to go on the page of an artist I'm unfamiliar with to talk shit! Most likely a combination of insecurity and boredom! When I mentioned Lennon bringing her up on stage I clearly admitted the reason I am against Ono in the first place! I am exactly one of those people who holds a grudge for the nonsense reason of her breaking up the Beatles! Oh no, someone called me out on this!"

    18 Nov 2013 Reply
  • fergalmc

    You are displaying a cultural ignorance as much as an artistic one [2] V why do you come here to complain about Yoko Ono if you have no appreciation or knowledge about most of her music and then get upset and defensive when someone highlights that salient fact?

    18 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Rup23

    So what about the time she decided to belt out some dolphin noises while John Lennon jammed with Chuck Berry? Crying out for attention with a complete lack of respect? What do you say about that?

    17 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Rup23

    You don't even know me and my knowledge but you can already judge me, how cute of you. I didn't say that she is an ambassador of abstact art, she is like abstract art, some people like her but some people find her understandable, like me. And I do know that John Lennon met her on one of her shows, I'm aware of all of this. Hear this http://youtu.be/cRV0ACUlHzc , sadly I don't find any ressemblance between this and Yoko Ono's singing style. I don't understand her, I don't find any beauty in her vocal range and the use of it in her music. Thus I find her "Talentless". And again you're showing off. I'm compared to you a " wannabe-sophisticated NME reader". You should be more down to earth, music is for everybody and judging someone through their music taste is just stupid.

    17 Nov 2013 Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    You're also wrong about Ono being "abstract art" -- much of her music is rooted in psychedelic rock and pop. Her vocal style, which most of you Ono-bashers are terrified of, is based on Japanese folk traditions -- a style which is far older than your beloved James Blake employs. You are displaying a cultural ignorance as much as an artistic one. Those traditions were crossed with a guttural word-less (and thus translatable to every human being with an open mind -- inclusive rather than elitist) insanely powerful screaming that predicted new wave, no wave, art rock, punk rock, post-punk and other styles -- you know, all those styles that Radiohead saturated in the 90's and made into easy-listening for the wannabe-sophisticated NME readers. And cheers for the Fireworks video! I'd never have believed that terrible song could ever have any depth.

    17 Nov 2013 Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    The problem is that you're deeply out of your depth. Yoko Ono studied under John Cage and LaMonte Young (google them) before she ever met John Lennon. She was famous in the art world before she ever met John Lennon; Lennon went to one of her shows to meet her. She moved to New York before she ever met John Lennon. If you ever want to debate with others on the subject of Ono you will have to actually learn your shit first. I don't care if Lennon was "her bitch" -- your misplaced misogyny is irrelevant. No one is "butthurt" -- people do find mindless stereotypical drones like yourself rather repetitive on this shoutbox, however. Not unlike most insecure people with 'opinions', you wish to give yours, but you don't want anyone to exercise their own opinion in return. If any of you ever said anything original, or displayed the slightest glimmer of music knowledge, it may be taken seriously.

    17 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Rup23

    I didn't say she's talentless because she presumably made The Beatles split up. I just said: "Talentless", because I think so. You know her thanks to John Lennon, if not him you would never discover her. Now, John Lennon was Yoko Ono's bitch, and I'm serious, he brought her up to any goddamn place. In the middle of a concert she could just take a microphone and scream, like she's being stabbed in the heart. Yoko Ono is like Abstract art, some people like me, just don't understand it. You think that she is some kind of piece of art, you bless her and idolize her, protect her and think that we are wrong. You should remember the word "opinion" exists, you're having a butthurt. And I'm not even doubting that you think that the people that don't understand her are "mindless", stupid and that we listen to mainstream music like a stupid cattle. http://youtu.be/lrJz9Dh5MsM If you think that she has a talent after watching this video then you're a bunch of hypocrites.

    16 Nov 2013 Reply
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