Yoko Ono

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Yoko Ono

Born

2/18/1933, Tokyo, Japan

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Also Known As

Yoko, Yoko Ono Lennon
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Artistically misunderstood, derisively known as the most famous widow in the world and vilified as the catalyst for the breakup of the most famous music group of all time, Yoko Ono in actuality is an uncompromising artistic visionary who was already an avant-garde superstar before she met John…more

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    • Yoko: When I met John I was at the point of disappearance, in the eyes of other people and myself. Where could I go after I'd done the silent music and they still didn't catch up on it? You see, the things that I did then I feel were in a field that no one has really touched on yet. I think I had something to offer but people did all sorts of things to misunderstand me and I was very lonely. I just can't stand that loneliness and always being at the point of disappearing. So I'm quite happy screaming and all that, making my presence clear, and it's a healthier thing to do.

    • Yoko: (on John Lennon) He was very astute about his work. If he didn't like it he'd immediately throw it in the trash can because he was fully aware that he was famous and it might get out there someday.

    • Yoko: So many people have approached me and said, 'Can I do a musical of John,' ... It's a very simple idea, you know - wow, a musical of John! But I've said no. This time, I said yes, because I liked the idea of having these different actors playing John. Because in the years after John's passing, John has transformed into something else. People in Asia think of him as their hero. People in Africa think of him as their hero. He was a hero for the whole world, and not just a white hero. So it's great to have a black performer singing as John. For me, this play is a revolution, a quiet revolution.

    • Yoko: If John was still alive we would have retired to Cornwall. He said we would be sitting in rocking chairs together, waiting for a postcard to come from Sean.

    • Yoko: All my concerts had no sounds in them; they were completely silent. People had to make up their own music in their minds!

    • Yoko: Cosmetics is a boon to every woman, but a girl's best beauty aid is still a near-sighted man.

    • Yoko: I wonder why men get serious at all. They have this delicate, long thing hanging outside their bodies which goes up and down by its own will. If I were a man I would always be laughing at myself.

    • Yoko: Everybody's an artist. Everybody's God. It's just that they're inhibited.

    • Yoko: Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.

    • Yoko: (on Heather Mills after she split from Paul McCartney) I feel very bad for her. I know better than anyone what it's like being a Beatle wife. Nobody gives you an easy time. Whatever happened in their marriage i don't know. But it must be very hard for her as well as Paul.

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