Monday, February 18, 2013

Happy Birthday, Yoko Ono (オノ・ヨーコ)

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The Dakota, NYC
And a very happy 80th birthday to one of the more important artist of our time, Yoko Ono. Ono, of course, had her career as an artist and musician overshadowed by her marriage to Beatle John.

A member of the Fluxus art movement and the "book" (or is it a compilation of performance art), Grapefruit. Some samples from Grapefruit include the the famous "Cloud Piece":

Imagine the clouds dripping.
Dig a hole in your garden to
put them in
(1963 Spring)

and then even more minimalist pieces such as ""Water Piece":

Water
(1964 Spring)

Grapefruit
Grapefruit
Though I found the early Yoko/John collaborations challenging (I do still have my copy of Two Virgins on vinyl though!), her later solo work was well ahead of her time.

I had tickets to see Ono during her 1986 "Starpeace" tour, but the show was cancelled (I think I still have the tickets somewhere).

Yoko is celebrating this year with another dance single, "Hold Me" (from Soundcloud):
ONO kicks off the 2013 New Year with a fiery new dance single HOLD ME - a searing collaboration co-written and produced by EDM A-lister DAVE AUDÉ (whose discography includes remixes and productions for U2, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Depeche Mode, Coldplay and Pussycat Dolls, and an unprecedented 83 #1 Billboard Club Play Chart hits). The single finds ONO as vibrant and compelling as ever, continuing her streak of dance floor and club chart domination.

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