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Friday, February 16, 2018
Happy birthday to legendary artist and peace activist Yoko Ono

"Yoko Ono" is often synonymous with "John Lennon" in the media, but there is much more to Yoko than her connection to The Beatles and her iconic marriage to the late Lennon. Born in Tokyo on February 18, 1933, Yoko's personal mission statement has seemingly always been about peace, and it still is.

Source: Hello Giggles
Monday, February 12, 2018
Yoko Ono's sister says John Lennon encouraged her to be an artist

The younger sister of Yoko Ono today revealed how John Lennon encouraged her to take art seriously. Setsuko Ono, 76, who paints and creates dream-like sculptures from sheets of welded steel, is to have an exhibition of her work in London for the first time. She says in a visit, Lennon encouraged her to take her passion for sculpture seriously.

Source: The London Evening Standard
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Interview: Producer Jack Douglas on working with John Lennon

In an interview with legendary record producer Jack Douglas, he talked about making John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy album, how John was in the sessions, could he separate how it felt making the album from what happened afterwards, and whether there's anything unreleased from John's final sessions.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Relisten without prejudice to Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band album

Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band album was released in December 1970, it struggled to number 182 in the US and failed to chart in the UK. Lester Bangs described her in Rolling Stone as one who has 'led poor John astray'". But today's audiences have come round to Yoko's raw and aggressive sound within the context of the punk movement.

Source: Pop Matters
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Yoko Ono will exhibit in Johannesburg alongside local artists

Multimedia art and music icon Yoko Ono will be exhibiting her infamously thought-provoking sculpture work at an exhibition later this year in Johannesburg, where she will be shown alongside major South African artists like Esther Mahlangu and Nandipha Mntambo. The exhibit will be held at Johannesburg's Nirox Foundation Sculpture Park.

Source: Huffington Post
Friday, January 12, 2018
New Denmark stamps feature Yoko Ono's artwork

The words "Dream" and "Smile" are featured prominently on the first stamps designed by Yoko Ono. The designs also represent the sun and the moon, respectively. These Danish stamps were issued Jan. 2 in a souvenir sheet of two, as an "extension" of the "Yoko Ono: Transmission" exhibition in Copenhagen.

Source: Linn's Stamp News
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Yoko Ono's Imagine Peace exhibition in Akron

As you enter the gallery, you are greeted with "Imagine Peace" written in 24 of the world's most popular languages. To see Imagine Peace in one's home language is a powerful moment, especially when so far from that home. It is hard not to imagine peace and to engage others in this poignant exhibition.

Source: Cleveland Scene
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Yoko Ono on Ringo Starr's knighthood: It's about time!

Yoko Ono thinks it's fab that the British royal family is finally recognizing former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr for his "services to music." Ono wrote on Twitter, "I am very happy that you have received this honour from the Queen. It's about time! Huge congratulations! It is an honour for everyone in the Beatles family."

Related Articles  Source: Billboard
Monday, December 25, 2017
John Lennon handwritten letter goes up for auction

A handwritten letter by John Lennon is going up for sale for $35,000. The note sees the Beatles legend accuse the EMI record label of blocking distribution on his 1968 experimental album "Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins", because he appears nude on its cover with Yoko Ono, who became his wife in 1969.

Source: Delaware 105.9
Friday, December 8, 2017

Lennon and Ono's Bed-In for Peace remembered in Tokyo

Tower Records in Shibuya, Tokyo, has opened an exhibit remembering John Lennon and Yoko Ono's antiwar performance, "Bed-In for Peace," on the 37th anniversary of Lennon's death. The exhibit features journalist Gerry Deiter's photos of the couple's peace-promoting response to the Vietnam War, in a hotel room in Montreal during their honeymoon in 1969.

Source: Kyodo News, Japan
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
See Yoko Ono's public artwork at three places in New Orleans

A public artwork now on view in New Orleans is a reminder of Ono's monumentally important artistic practice, which, despite its six-decade span and worldwide influence, is still often overshadowed by her ties to the Beatles. It appears at three different locations, where Ono's work asks, "Have You Seen The Horizon Lately?"

Source: The Times-Picayune, New Orleans
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Jerry Garcia Foundation unites music and art at Lennon inspired benefit

In this "season of giving," the Jerry Garcia Foundation is once again honored to announce that it will be producing its third annual "Imagine There's No Hunger" holiday benefit concert in support of WhyHunger and Yoko Ono Lennon's mission to alleviate hunger and poverty worldwide. Hot Tuna is headlining the benefit concert.

Source: PR Newswire
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
More Info: German police recover stolen John Lennon diaries

German police on Tuesday presented diaries, pairs of glasses and other items belonging to John Lennon that were stolen from Yoko Ono in 2006 and eventually ended up in Berlin. Police suspect that the items were stolen by Ono's former driver and then taken to Turkey, and were discovered by the administrator for a bankrupt auction house.

Related Articles  Source: Reuters, UK
Monday, November 20, 2017
German police recover John Lennon diaries

German police today arrested a 58-year-old man in Berlin on suspicion of handling stolen items from John Lennon's estate, including his diaries. The items were stolen from Lennon's widow Yoko Ono in New York in 2006. A second suspect, who lives in Turkey, "is unattainable for us at the present time," according to the police.

Related Articles  Source: Expatica Germany
Friday, November 17, 2017
Yoko Ono wins in court against Hamburg bar named Yoko Mono

The Hamburg district court decided on Thursday a bizarre lawsuit by Yoko Ono against the owner of the "Yoko Mono" bar. The operator may no longer call his pub "Yoko Mono". It was an unauthorized name presumption, the court ruled, and one might think that Ono had something to do with the small bar. (Page translated into English.)

Original Page in German  Source: NDR, Germany
Painting from collection of Yoko Ono sells for nearly $11 million

A painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat from the collection of Yoko Ono has sold for $10.9 million. Sotheby's says the work, titled "Cabra", was sold Thursday night in New York to an unidentified buyer. The pre-sale estimate was $9 million to $12 million. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Spirit Foundations, founded by Ono and John Lennon.

Source: Voice of America
Monday, November 6, 2017
Yoko Ono says she is part of the younger generation

Yoko Ono considers herself part of the "young generation". The 84-year-old artist said, "It excites me that the young generation is very wise. And I include myself in that." And Yoko is an avid user of social media because, she says, she finds it an effective and efficient way to communicate to many people at once.

Source: Brampton Guardian
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Create art with Yoko Ono at Cape Town's cool new gallery

Among the artworks currently on view at A4 Arts Foundation, a new arts space in Cape Town, South Africa, is a so-called "instructional piece" by Yoko Ono. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to mend broken pieces of crockery laid out on a table.Mend Piece dates from 1966, the same year Ono met John Lennon at her exhibition in London.

Source: The Sunday Times, South Africa
Monday, October 30, 2017
John Lennon Christmas card could sell for $15k at auction

A Christmas card written by John Lennon is on sale for $15,000. The festive note from 1968 was for his wife Yoko Ono's ex, music producer Tony Cox, and the former couple's daughter, Kyoko Cox. In one of the notes on the card, John asks Tony where the mastertapes of a 1968 concert Yoko performed are, and two of her short films.

Source: Brampton Guardian
Friday, October 27, 2017
Yoko Ono to exhibit at TULCA Festival in Ireland

Work by Yoko Ono will be displayed as part of the 2017 TULCA Festival of Visual Art. The festival, now in its 15th year, runs from November 3 to 19 at various locations around Galway, this year the visual arts festival is inspired by The Screamers and primal scream therapy, which has connections to both Ono and the west of Ireland.

Source: Galway Advertiser, Ireland
Thursday, October 26, 2017
How Paul McCartney was lied to by Jann Wenner over his Rock Hall induction

There are many great stories in "Sticky Fingers," the biography of Rolling Stone and Rock Hall founder Jann Wenner. The book details Wenner's sucking up to the memory of John Lennon, and his Velcro-ing to Yoko Ono to win her favor. In the process, however, Wenner made an enemy of Paul McCartney by lying to him about the Rock Hall.

Source: Showbiz 411
Friday, October 13, 2017
Interview: Yoko made two films for me

Jonas Mekas first met Yoko Ono in New York in 1960. A few years later, she went to London and met John Lennon. "In December 1970...I organised a little film festival and Yoko made two films for me in 10 days...At the time I saw a lot of John and Yoko, and I always enjoyed our time together. He was open, relaxed, very spontaneous."

Source: The Guardian, UK
Thursday, October 12, 2017
New book from Yoko Ono to document history of Imagine

Yoko Ono will share the story of the making of John Lennon's album "Imagine" in a "landmark publication" with book publisher Thames & Hudson. The book is due for release in October 2018 and will contain "unseen photographs, artefacts and new interviews" with the people who were there when the album was conceived and recorded.

Source: The Bookseller
Friday, October 6, 2017
John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Nutopian Embassy now for rent

The Tribeca townhouse that John Lennon and Yoko Ono used as the address for their "Nutopian Embassy" in 1973 just hit the rental market. Lennon and Ono never actually lived in the townhouse at 1 White Street, but for years, mail addressed to "John Lennon and Yoko Ono, c/o Nutopian Embassy" was delivered there.

Source: Architectural Digest
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Imagine Peace Tower
Yoko Ono will attend illumination of Imagine Peace Tower

Yoko Ono will be paying her annual visit to Iceland this October, to signal the illumination of Imagine Peace Tower in memory of John Lennon on Monday 9th October, his birthday. The illumination will be at 9 pm. Located on the Icelandic island of Videy, Imagine Peace Tower is an outdoor work of art conceived by Yoko, dedicated to John by Yoko in 2007.

Source: Iceland Monitor

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