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news: 2016-17

‘Imagine’ receives NMPA Centennial Song Award, credits Yoko Ono as co-writer

BBC (June 15th 2017) : "More than 40 years after the song's release, Yoko Ono is receiving a songwriting credit on John Lennon's classic Imagine.

The surprise announcement was made at an annual meeting of the National Music Publishers Association in New York on Wednesday.

They explained the move by playing a clip of Lennon saying Imagine "should be credited as a Lennon-Ono song".

"A lot of it - the lyric and the concept - came from Yoko," he said.

"But those days I was a bit more selfish, a bit more macho, and I sort of omitted to mention her contribution.

"But it was right out of Grapefruit, her book. There's a whole pile of pieces about 'Imagine this' and 'Imagine that.'"

Ono and her son, Sean Ono Lennon, were at the ceremony to pick up a song of the century award in honour of Imagine, and were not expecting the announcement.

"When they officially acknowledged - through my father's account - that my mother co-wrote Imagine, the song of the century, it may have been the happiest day of mine and [my] mother's life," Lennon told Billboard magazine.

An emotional Patti Smith, accompanied on piano by her daughter Jessie, then performed the song."


Yoko Ono in Sarah Lawrence College. © Yoko Ono
© Yoko Ono

She posted this text posted on her Facebook page today
(February 18th 2017) :

Thank you for all your beautiful birthday wishes.
I love you!

lots of love, yoko

Yoko Ono at Women's March NYC 2017


amnewyork (January 21st 2017): "More than 400,000 people marched through Manhattan on Saturday in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington, according to the Mayor's Office. Organizers of the Women's March on NYC put the tally closer to 600,000. Regardless of the exact number, hundreds of thousands of people, male and female, young and old, filled midtown Manhattan, marching from the United Nations headquarters along 42nd Street and up Fifth Avenue to Trump Tower, the president's residence and business headquarters before he moved to the White House.

"I'm heartened by the turnout and all the sister marches across the world," Megan Schulz, a 42-year-old director of communications from Brooklyn, said. "I think it's a beautiful thing." No official estimates of the crowd size of the Washington march were available, but the demonstrators appeared to easily exceed the 200,000 organizers had expected."

"In Los Angeles the Sister March estimated it drew 750,000 demonstrators, and a planned march in Chicago grew so large that organizers did not attempt to parade through the streets but instead staged a rally. Police said more than 125,000 people attended. Protesters rallied in and around Dag Hammarskjold Plaza before Women's March on NYC, with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer telling the crowd, "We don't like that guy in the White House ... we are not kidding."

Actress Rosie Perez, who also spoke during an anti-Trump rally led by Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday, told the crowd that she was there to "let the administration know we are here ... and we will be respected." "This is the most beautiful thing I've seen in a very long time. I am so filled with love and hope," she said.

"We've come out to say women matter. We matter," Katherine Siemionko, a lead organizer of the march, told the crowd."

Yoko Ono with Whoopi Goldberg at Women's March NYC 2017


Photo by Sean Lennon

Sean Lennon on Facebook (Dec. 25th 2016: "Just a little
intergenerational Christmas swank on fleek."

Photo by Sean Lennon

Sean Lennon on Facebook (Dec. 25th 2016): "This pic typifies Xmas at the Lennon's house my entire life. Always had an Xmas tree, always had a Buddha. We're multiculturalism made manifest."




Dear Friends,
I’m asking you to stand with me and my fellow artists today to disarm hate!Go to http://billboard.com/letter to learn more about how to stop gun violence and use the hashtag #DisarmHate today. love, yoko (June 23rd 2016)

From the Billboard website:

"An open letter to Congress: Stop Gun Violence Now

As leading artists and executives in the music industry, we are adding our voices to the chorus of Americans demanding change.

Music always has been celebrated communally, on dancefloors and at concert halls. But this life-affirming ritual, like so many other daily experiences—going to school or church or work—now is threatened, because of gun violence in this country.

The one thing that connects the recent tragedies in Orlando is that it is far too easy for dangerous people to get their hands on guns.

We call on Congress to do more to prevent the gun violence that kills more than 90 Americans every day and injures hundreds more, including:

Require a background check for every gun sale

Block suspected terrorists from buying guns

Billboard and the undersigned implore you—the people who are elected to represent us—to close the deadly loopholes that put the lives of so many music fans, and all of us, at risk."



George Martin the Beatles Yoko Ono Apple

BBC (March 9th 2016): "His family thanked "everyone for their thoughts, prayers and messages of support" after his death at home on Tuesday, his manager said.

Beatles drummer Ringo Starr broke the news on Twitter and led tributes, saying Sir George "will be missed". Sir George signed The Beatles and produced more than 700 records. He also worked with artists including Gerry and the Pacemakers, Dame Shirley Bassey and Cilla Black.

"I have so many wonderful memories of this great man that will be with me forever," said Sir Paul McCartney in a statement on his website. "He was a true gentleman and like a second father to me. He guided the career of The Beatles with such skill and good humour that he became a true friend to me and my family. If anyone earned the title of the fifth Beatle it was George. "From the day that he gave The Beatles our first recording contract, to the last time I saw him, he was the most generous, intelligent and musical person I've ever had the pleasure to know."

(...) "Sean Ono Lennon posted a picture of Sir George on Instagram, writing: "R.I.P. George Martin. I'm so gutted I don't have many words. Thinking of Judy and Giles and family. Love Always, Sean."

The Beatles with George Martin in 1962
Paul and John with George Martin in 1962. Photo: Rex Features

George Martin interviewed about his life in June 2007:

"Well I miss the fact that people don't listen to records anymore. They hear but they don't listen. That's why those comedy records I made like The Goons found an audience. I was the equivalent of radio on record. Now it's all visual. Everyone is addicted to television. And I miss letter-writing. People don't write letters any more. Yoko [Ono] sent me a beautiful cashmere scarf for Christmas and I wrote her a letter back thanking her and she was quite surprised. I think she was expecting an email."

But there are so many things that are better. The advance of techonlogy and the internet. And I probably wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for modern medicine. I had a big operation in 2003 and the technique for that was only invented in the 1990s.

"My only regrets are that I've done some desperately stupid things with money. I was wrongly advised and signed away my royalties to the Beatles records - about half a penny per title but with The Beatles that would have been an enormous amount. But I've shrugged it off. People think I'm a multi-millionaire and I'm not. But I'm very happy. I've got all the money I need. And I wish my parents could have seen everything I'd achieved. My mother died when I was 22, and my father the year Sergeant Pepper came out so at least he saw some of it."

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Yoko Ono and George Martin at the Grammy's

Yoko Ono tweeted on March 10th 2016:

"God Bless George Martin, the greatest Music Producer of all time.

Peace and Love to Judy, Giles and the family."



From the press release: "From 09 March to 10 July 2016, the three floors of the macLYON are devoted to the work of Yoko Ono, conceptual from the very beginning and which encompassed performance, instructions, film, music and writing.

This first French retrospective, entitled YOKO ONO Lumière de L’aube gather more than hundred works, from the illustrated poems of 1952 to the big installations of 2016, but also film, performances, etc.

Faithful to the spirit of the work of Yoko Ono, the exhibition has of course to be seen, but also to be heard and above all to be experienced. (..)

It was during the “soirées” at 112 Chambers Street that Yoko presented her first “Instruction Paintings”: Smoke Paintings, Painting To Be Stepped On, Shadow Piece, and Pea Piece, Add Color Painting. She wrote about these in 1966: “Instruction Painting separates painting into two different functions : the instructions and the realization. The work becomes a reality only when others realize the work. Instructions can be realized by different people in many different ways. This allows infinite transformation of the work that the artist himself cannot foresee, and brings the concept of ‘time’ into painting”. It is clear from this that Yoko Ono considers that her œuvre is expressly designed to be definitively uncompleted, to be capable of being performed by anyone and of being reworked over time, and re-performed on any occasion. And it follows that, since they can be performed anywhere and at any time.

So over the course of 6 years and 8 months, almost by sleight of hand, Yoko Ono brought about a veritable Copernican revolution. Her ideas of text and text-score, instructions, sound, stage, collectives and multiple versions opened incredible vistas for her, which she would go on to broaden and develop in her subsequent works.We have every reason to wonder why Yoko Ono was thought of (particularly in Europe) as playing a minor role, when she so clearly exerted a major influence on the creation of the Fluxus “spirit” (which she refused to identify with, however). Yes and Imagine suited her well enough. These days, her work is essential viewing ; it is utterly relevant.

Imagine Peace

We expect to present an exhibition that would be totally faithful to the work and in harmony with the principle of the instructions, and that would respect its “spirit”. For Lyon’s show, Yoko Ono has chosen the title Lumière de L’aube. It is generic, in so far as Lumière (Light) is one of the keywords of her œuvre. At the same time, it is rooted in the city’s history because it inevitably recalls that strange invention, which its creators, the Lumière Brothers, predicted would never catch on, namely, the cinema. And for such a young work, Yoko Ono’s, this title is a beautiful beginning, a very nice opening."



Yoko Ono


Family friend Elliot Mintz on Facebook (Feb. 26th 2016): "Earlier this evening (Friday) Yoko was experiencing 'flu' symptoms and called her doctor. He thought it would be a good idea for her to go to a local hospital to get a 'check-up'. She did. It was determined that she was experiencing dehydration and that she has the flu. In all likelihood she will be home tomorrow. I spoke with Sean who visited with her and have been assured she is doing just fine."

Her son Sean Lennon on Twitter on the same day: "Hey guys it was only rumors from press: was NOT a stroke, just dehydration/tired. She is FINE. Thank you everyone for your concern."



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DAVID BOWIE 1947-2016

Yoko Ono remembering David Bowie in social media:

"John and David respected each other. They were well matched in intellect and talent. As John and I had very few friends we felt David was as close as family.

After John died, David was always there for Sean and me. When Sean was at boarding school in Switzerland, David would pick him up and take him on trips to museums and let Sean hang out at his recording studio in Geneva.

For Sean this is losing another father figure. It will be hard for him, I know. But we have some sweet memories which will stay with us forever."

Yoko Ono Lennon
NYC, 11 January 2016


David Bowie Blackstar (Original album artwork by Barnbrook)


Brian Eno worked with Bowie on albums including his legendary Berlin Trilogy in the mid-1970s. He has issued a statement paying tribute to his friend:

"David's death came as a complete surprise, as did nearly everything else about him. I feel a huge gap now.

"We knew each other for over 40 years, in a friendship that was always tinged by echoes of Pete and Dud. Over the last few years - with him living in New York and me in London - our connection was by email. We signed off with invented names: some of his were mr showbiz, milton keynes, rhoda borrocks and the duke of ear.

"About a year ago we started talking about Outside - the last album we worked on together. We both liked that album a lot and felt that it had fallen through the cracks. We talked about revisiting it, taking it somewhere new. I was looking forward to that.

"I received an email from him seven days ago. It was as funny as always, and as surreal, looping through word games and allusions and all the usual stuff we did. It ended with this sentence: 'Thank you for our good times, brian. they will never rot'. And it was signed 'Dawn'.

"I realise now he was saying goodbye."

David Bowie Blackstar (Original album artwork by Barnbrook)

Iggy Pop and David Bowie became good friends in the mid-1970s, relocating to Berlin together as Bowie helped write and produce Pop's first two solo albums, while Pop fed into Bowie's albums including Low. Iggy Pop tweeted:

"David's friendship was the light of my life. I never met such a brilliant person. He was the best there is."

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