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Miscellaneous questions about John Lennon
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19 August 2018
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Wow, thanks much for the info @Ron Nasty. I legitimately had no idea that John had any half-brothers. I'm kind of shocked.

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How did John influence, or inspire, Yoko's creativity? I mean, Yoko came from a very artistic ambient. Fluxus and all that. I guess pretty much everything John and Yoko did (bagism, bed peace, their performances with john making noise with his guitar..., planting seeds and those things) were motivated by Yoko. I might be wrong, though.
What inspiration she found in John?

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That’s a very good question. I remember John encouraging her to use swear words more in some recording I listened to way back. I’d have to give this some more thought.

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The most obvious answer, though not one that many appreciate as they should, is her whole song-based musical career, along with much of the driving force behind using the fame you have to spread messages.

It is far too simplistic to suggest, "I guess pretty much everything John and Yoko did (bagism, bed peace, their performances with john making noise with his guitar..., planting seeds and those things) were motivated by Yoko." This falls into the trap, quite possibly unintentionally, of suggesting John fell under her spell and that it wasn't a relationship of equals.

While it is true aspects of Yoko's work were musical before meeting John, they were confined to largely to avant garde, electronic, experimental or jazz structures. When looking at Yoko's musical career, you can see this shift happen in her work, from the early purely experimental and avant garde, to starting to create vocal pieces that fitted musical ideas she had largely ignored before John, the period during which you see John stretching himself artistically with things like Cambridge 1969, Yoko was doing the same thing by starting to create things, like Remember Love, which fitted what he was familiar with.

That turned into an extremely interesting and influential musical career through the '70s and onwards that, despite derision, was hugely influential on a lot of cutting-edge artists.

There are those who think the world would be better without Yoko's musical contributions, but I'm not one of them, and I do not believe she would ever have pursued the musical career she did without being influenced by John.

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"[...]This falls into the trap, quite possibly unintentionally, of suggesting John fell under her spell[...]" Well i wouldn't call it spell but inspiration. I think Yoko was to John's art like LSD was to George's spirituality. She opened his mind and changed the approach he had to art until they met.
"[...] (bagism, bed peace, their performances with john making noise with his guitar..., planting seeds and those things) were motivated by Yoko." I said those things were motivated, not imposted, by her because she really was into performances and events, that was her main form of art and expression through art and it is very likely that John found it exciting and decided to give it a try.

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