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I've never understood all the venom directed at Yoko. 

The rock star cliche' is to date Swedish supermodels.  John was the biggest rock star in the world and chose to marry a rather homely Japanese avant-garde artist.  So it had to be for love.  He finally met a woman that could challenge and stimulate his own artistic intellect.

People say she married him for his money.  I doubt that.  She came from one of Japan's wealthiest and most influential families and simply walked away from it, long before she met John.  She wanted to be an artist and she lived for years without money.  She could have gone back any time she wanted to her life of wealth and privilege.

People say she had no talent.  That's not true either.  She was a classically trained pianist.  She actually knew tons more about music theory than John did.  People covered their ears when she sang.  Okay.  It's hard to listen to, but ten years later, punk bands all over the world were doing that.  And not all her songs were ululations...some were very gentle.  But she was trying to push the envelope, no matter what she attempted.

But where she was trying to make her mark was in cutting edge art that by the 1980s was being called "performance art."  It's certainly not everyone's cup of tea, but I've read about some of her work and it sounds intriguing to me.  You can find her early 1960's performance called "Cut Piece" on YouTube.  It was way ahead of its time...very feminist and very challenging to thought, while all she does is sit silently on stage while audience members come up one at a time and cut a bit of her clothing off.

Did she break up the Beatles?  No.  They were all headed for a breakup before that. 

At the top of it all, she was a kindhearted soul who worked for peace and pushed John in that direction.  After they married, she got John to begin tithing...giving a tenth of all income to charity.  How many of us come anywhere close to that?  I give to a number of charities, but I know my giving is far, far less than a tenth.

So give her a break already.  She's what a human being should strive to become.

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Celebrated_Mr_K said:

I've never understood all the venom directed at Yoko. 

The rock star cliche' is to date Swedish supermodels.  John was the biggest rock star in the world and chose to marry a rather homely Japanese avant-garde artist.  So it had to be for love.  He finally met a woman that could challenge and stimulate his own artistic intellect.

People say she married him for his money.  I doubt that.  She came from one of Japan's wealthiest and most influential families and simply walked away from it, long before she met John.  She wanted to be an artist and she lived for years without money.  She could have gone back any time she wanted to her life of wealth and privilege.

People say she had no talent.  That's not true either.  She was a classically trained pianist.  She actually knew tons more about music theory than John did.  People covered their ears when she sang.  Okay.  It's hard to listen to, but ten years later, punk bands all over the world were doing that.  And not all her songs were ululations...some were very gentle.  But she was trying to push the envelope, no matter what she attempted.

But where she was trying to make her mark was in cutting edge art that by the 1980s was being called "performance art."  It's certainly not everyone's cup of tea, but I've read about some of her work and it sounds intriguing to me.  You can find her early 1960's performance called "Cut Piece" on YouTube.  It was way ahead of its time...very feminist and very challenging to thought, while all she does is sit silently on stage while audience members come up one at a time and cut a bit of her clothing off.

Did she break up the Beatles?  No.  They were all headed for a breakup before that. 

At the top of it all, she was a kindhearted soul who worked for peace and pushed John in that direction.  After they married, she got John to begin tithing...giving a tenth of all income to charity.  How many of us come anywhere close to that?  I give to a number of charities, but I know my giving is far, far less than a tenth.

So give her a break already.  She's what a human being should strive to become.



 

I have seen the Cut Piece video before. It was quite neat and interesting.

And she is definitley one of my idols, since she is a peace activist and such a very kind person. I try to be like her, and others should, too.a-hard-days-night-john-1

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Celebrated_Mr_K said:

I've never understood all the venom directed at Yoko.

So give her a break already.  She's what a human being should strive to become.


 

I don't like her or hate her.

 

*But* when I listened to Woman for the first time and I saw some pics of her I was like "Man, if she, who doesn't look like a supermodel, inspired such a beautiful song, I think there must be hope for "plain looking" girls like me" I was 10, and honestly, that truly made me see that there are some men who don't care about looks that much. And I always said in my high school "Yeah, he's not a John, he likes that girl because she's hot and brainless. Nop, he's not a John"

About her music, to be honest, I never paid much attention to it. It's just not my kind of music.

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Random lists off the top of my head:

Things I love about Yoko

Things I don't love about Yoko

  • Some of the licensing of John's image, music, artwork etc has been very questionable since he died. Coloured-in lithographs, car adverts etc. Let it be.
  • I wish she'd release more of John's work from when they were together, such as their films and his recordings. Some of it comes out now and then, but it's all quite haphazard.
  • I wish she'd write an autobiography and tell her side of the story, though I do also admire her stoic silence.
  • Some of her writing, such as Grapefruit and her Twitter feed, is pseudy nonsense masquerading as poignancy. I've no time for it.
  • Her YokoQ&A, every Friday (sample) is occasionally fascinating, but she gives tantalisingly short answers to things I wish she'd explain more fully. She also seems to attract people who ask the most banal questions (eg "Which is more important to you: walls, or doors?").
  • While some of her music is fantastic, the wailing was awful. Just awful. She ruins quite a bit of Live Peace In Toronto and Rock And Roll Circus for me.

Things I love about this forum

  • When I saw there was a thread about Yoko Ono, I was half expecting a load of mindless invective, cliche and borderline racism, as is common on this subject. You did yourselves proud a-hard-days-night-john-6

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Ceiling cat tried to warn George, but he misunderstood.

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skye said:

Ceiling cat tried to warn George, but he misunderstood.


It was also ceiling cat who killed Paul. He was fixing the hole where the rain gets in, and his mind stopped. Not from wandering, but from ceiling cat's claw.

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skye said:

Ceiling cat tried to warn George, but he misunderstood.


 

Man.... I wish I were that cat....

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie…… Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower… Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go. Beware of Darkness…  I believe in SH...
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McLerristarr said:

I agree with most of the previous comments. I don't dislike Yoko as a person but I really hate her music. No one would have ever bought her records if she hadn't been married to John. And I strongly disagree that she influenced punk. The only thing Yoko Ono and punk rock have in common is bad singing. The difference is I like punk.


 

Have you heard Rock Lobster by the B-52s? It's not punk, it came slightly after, but there are some vocals that sounds very similar to Yoko's shrieking - at around 4'50 in the full version. John Lennon apparently heard it in a disco and excitedly phoned her, saying "Yoko - they're finally ready for you!"

I've never heard it said that she influenced punk. I suppose some of her experimental qualities might have been adopted, but otherwise I'd agree with you (apart from the bit about liking punk - it's always seemed pretty childish and boring to me).

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Joe said:

McLerristarr said:

I agree with most of the previous comments. I don't dislike Yoko as a person but I really hate her music. No one would have ever bought her records if she hadn't been married to John. And I strongly disagree that she influenced punk. The only thing Yoko Ono and punk rock have in common is bad singing. The difference is I like punk.


 

Have you heard Rock Lobster by the B-52s? It's not punk, it came slightly after, but there are some vocals that sounds very similar to Yoko's shrieking - at around 4'50 in the full version. John Lennon apparently heard it in a disco and excitedly phoned her, saying "Yoko - they're finally ready for you!"

I've never heard it said that she influenced punk. I suppose some of her experimental qualities might have been adopted, but otherwise I'd agree with you (apart from the bit about liking punk - it's always seemed pretty childish and boring to me).


 

I love Rock Lobster! I just learnt to play the guitar riff on the piano yesterday. I guess there are some things that sound similar to Yoko's shrieking, but that doesn't necessarily mean they got it from her. Yoko's shrieking always sounded improvised rather than part of a tune. I got Live Peace In Toronto on DVD for Christmas and you're right, Yoko does ruin it. It was great until Yoko's songs (which sounded very similar). They had to end on a low note... or rather a very, very high note. a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

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