denberg & yoko ono
conduct a comprehensive dialogue...
...with Yoko Ono would take
months...and where would the story begin or end? Like one of her drawings, Yoko
Ono's story evolves and morphs, seemingly reflecting the atmosphere it is surrounded
by at any given time.
I am thankful that AIU has chosen to archive the transcripts of my interviews with Yoko Ono, a series
of conversations that began in September of 1984.
grown up in New York City in the 1970s I was lucky enough to witness John &
Yoko's political activism in my hometown, and sadly watched as the immigration
fiasco tried to remove John Lennon from the U.S. and threatened their will to
live happily in America. At least that part of the J&Y saga ended happily.
Like most fans I had a million questions for Yoko Ono - and when I got the opportunity
to begin asking them Yoko NEVER flinched from responding in a candid, completely
honest fashion. In fact, although we did not meet until 1992, I saw Yoko's triumphant
Beacon Theater concert in 1986, and, actually we were in the same room twelve
years earlier on November 28, 1974: I attended Elton John's Madison Square Garden
concert that John Lennon made a guest appearance at, an evening that to this day
Yoko cites as a turning point in their relationship.
first time we did actually meet at the Dakota's Studio One offices I gave Yoko
my ticket stub for that fateful 1974 concert. She was taken aback and asked if
I was sure I didn't want to keep it. When I insisted she said she would frame
it and give it to Sean because without that night Sean might not exist. Yoko has
never forgotten that ticket stub gesture...
And I will never
forget my treasured moments with Yoko, one of the great visionaries of our time.
I will not forget her concert at the Japan Society which provided some of the tracks for her album Blueprint For A Sunrise. I will
not forget her appearance at the Houston opening of
her touring retrospective Yes Yoko Ono - an appearance
at which she wore a shirt I had designed for her with a Texas theme. And I will
NEVER EVER forget my brief spin on the dancefloor with Yoko at her 70th birthday
party. Thanks for the memories so far Yoko; I hope there are many more to come...
The interviews are temporarily offline due to special reasons.
of Yoko Ono and Jody Denberg
Denberg himself interviewed in 2005