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Yoko Ono Biography

Artistically misunderstood, derisively known as the most famous widow in the world and vilified as the catalyst for the breakup of the most famous music group of all time, Yoko Ono in actuality is an uncompromising artistic visionary who was already an avant-garde superstar before she met John Lennon. Today, Yoko is finally recognized as an influential artist who pushes the boundaries of the art, film, music and theatre media. The present time marks a renewed resurgence of interest and celebration of her work. She has recently received high media profile due to the simultaneous reissue of her music catalog (including a boxed set) on the Rykodisc specialty label as well as for the premiere of her off-Broadway theatre piece Hiroshima. However these achievements obscure her body of 16 films made between 1964 and 1972, some in collaborative effort with her late husband.

Yoko Ono (whose first name translates to "ocean child") was born on February 18, 1933 in Tokyo, the eldest of three children born to Eisuke and Isoko, a wealthy aristocratic family. Her father was a frustrated pianist who held degrees from Tokyo universities in mathematics and economics. In 1935 he became head of a Japanese bank in San Francisco, as a result he did not meet Yoko until she was two years old, since she stayed behind in Tokyo with her mother.

When Yoko was 18, her father was appointed president of a bank in New York as the family settled in the affluent suburb of Scarsdale, N.Y. Attending the prestigious Sarah Lawrence College in New York, Yoko dropped out to elope with her first husband, Toshi Ichiyanagi. It was while living in New York's artsy Greenwich Village that Yoko discovered the world of avant-garde artists. Once absorbed in the scene,she began her life long association with art beginning with informal events then segueing into poetry while developing her fascination for conceptual pieces. Alienated as an "artistic radical" for years her work was ridiculed or ignored. That began to change once she began her working relationship with American jazz musician/film producer Anthony Cox, the man who would eventually become her second husband.

Full Biography and Discography

In The News

Ono, Pink Spread The Love

Yoko's Gay Wedding Song Is US Hit
John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono has topped
the US dance chart at the age of 71
with a song supporting gay marriage

Yoko Discusses John's Llife
And The New Lennon Legend DVD
On Virgin Radio

Yoko Initiates Peace Prize

Yoko Ono, widow of the late Beatle John Lennon,
has inaugurated her own peace award by giving
$50,000 prize money to Israeli and Palestinian artists.

Listen To Yoko's New Version Of
Give Peace A Chance

Just Imagine
In the 60s, Yoko Ono married John Lennon and campaigned for peace
in Vietnam. More than 30 years on, she's still irrevocably linked to her dead husband and America is once again at war. Here, she talks to Andrew Smith about marriage, art and inner peace

John Lennon Books

John Lennon CDs

Chief Curator, Jim Henke, of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
gives Yoko Ono a personal tour of the John Lennon exhibit

John Lennon Day
An International Holiday
Celebrating Peace And Love

The heartbeat of humanity is music. Let us honor our greatest singer-songwriter and the most influential political artist of the 20th century with an International holiday celebrating his message for us of peace and love on Earth. I agree that there should be an international holiday every October 9th to celebrate the life's message of John Lennon, to be known as the John Lennon Day. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one, I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will live as one.

Read Petition Letters From Fans In Support Of
An International Holiday To Honor John Lennon

To me, John is a spirit who lives with me each day,
and he holds my hand and teaches me how to live in peace and
be a better person. He guides me to love nature, the environment, myself and my fellow human being. Through his brilliant mind,
I've learned what kind of person I want to be,
and to me he is the true meaning of an artist. He will never
fade as being my all-time favorite song writer and musician.

Laura Coteff :) Love is real //oo\\
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