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John Lennon: New York exhibit shows bag of bloody clothes

John Lennon's bloody clothes

BBC News reports that a new John Lennon exhibition in New York will feature a paper bag containing the bloody clothes from the night he was murdered.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex display also features the piano from his apartment and handwritten lyrics.

His widow Yoko Ono, who has created the display, said the clothes were “hard to include” and she feared she “might be criticised as well” for including them.

Ono apparently “received the items from the medical examiner after Lennon’s death.” I know a lot of people will give her shit about this, but she’s never tried to hide the graphic horror of her husband’s death. John Lennon was shot and killed, and if we try to shy away from that fact, how can we ever expect to honestly deal with issues of violence in our society? I applaud Yoko for her idealistic efforts toward working against gun violence. I don’t see much evidence that we’ve gotten any closer to that goal since 1980, but hey, more power to her.

John Lennon: The New York Years

John Lennon in New Ad

Remember a number of years ago when a clip of Fred Astaire dancing was manipulated to show him cavorting with a vacuum cleaner? It was weird and sparked a debate as to the appropriate use of dead celebrity’s images in advertising.

Well, Yoko Ono has put her stamp of approval on the use of John Lennon‘s image and “voice” in a new ad promoting the One Laptop Per Child Foundation, a project from MIT. The legitimacy of the organization’s mission to provide solar powered machines to the world’s poorest children aside, this is plain creepy. John Lennon has been dead for nearly 30 years and the voice-over sounds like a cartoon version of his voice.

Video: A Message from John Lennon (OLPC)

How far can we go with this? What are some dead celebrity endorsements you’d like to see?

Via the NME.

Yoko Ono vs. Alex Chilton

Yoko Ono - Mrs LennonI had never heard the Yoko Ono song, “Mrs. Lennon,” before. But Alex Chilton certainly has. In a 1987 interview with Dawn Eden, he admitted that “it’s just like [Big Star’s] ‘Holocaust.’ Exactly.”

The Bob: Did you have that song in mind when you wrote “Holocaust”?

CHILTON: I don’t know. I think that it was one of those instances of plagiarism that you sort of are aware of somewhere in your mind, but not…I think that, at the time I was doing the tune, I didn’t realize that I was copying it.

Decide for yourself: Yoko Ono – “Mrs. Lennon”

Stream: Big Star – “Holocaust” from Third/Sister Lovers.

“Mrs. Lennon” was originally released as the first single from Yoko’s 1971 album, Fly.

Via a fascinating thread on the Velvet Rope that includes scandalous stories from producer Jon Tiven and a heated argument with Howlin’ Wolf‘s guitarist’s manager!

Ono Sues Beatles Collectors Over Film of Lennon

The NME reports that Yoko Ono is fighting to keep nine hours of John Lennon smoking weed and writing “Remember” and “Mind Games” from being turned into a commercially released film. The footage was taped in February, 1970, just before the Beatles broke up.

The case, due in court on April 30, has Ono suing for copyright infringement against World Wide Video, a New England consortium of Beatles collectors, who claims ownership of the film. According to the Telegraph, the company, paid more than $1 million for the footage after legal costs and other expenses, and nearly premiered it last year at the private Berwick Academy in Maine, but scrapped the screening after the school received a stop order from Ono’s lawyers, who assert copyright ownership of the videotapes.

World Wide Video says it bought 24 original videotapes and their copyrights in 2000 from Anthony Cox, Yoko’s first husband. Cox shot the footage at Lennon’s estate in England for a documentary he planned called Portrait.

The company says that shortly after purchasing the videotapes, along with 10 copies, they were stolen in 2000. They filed a separate civil suit a year later against a New Hampshire man who agreed to return the copies and locate the originals, court documents show.

The original videotapes are now held by Ono, whose lawyers claim in a countersuit that she purchased them legally from World Wide Video through a Florida man.

Ono Sues Lennon

I hate all the Yoko hate. I think it’s misguided and generally racist and sexist hogwash. She didn’t break up the Beatles and she didn’t dupe John Lennon. Yoko does occasionally makes some really odd and heavy handed legal moves and this week’s action might just take the cake.

In what appears to be yet another overzealous attempt to protect the legacy (or more likely, the value) of her late husband’s name, Yoko Ono has filed suit against singer/songwriter Lennon Murphy for performing under the stage name “Lennon.” This despite the singer’s claim that she actually consulted Ono about the matter early in her career. Update: It now appears that Yoko merely sought to stop Murphy from getting the exclusive right to the name Lennon for performance purposes.

The NME reports that Ono apparently made no objection at the time but is now stating that Murphy “fraudulently” registered the name as a trademark.

She also added that Murphy’s use of late husband John Lennon’s name is “tarnishment” towards the deceased member.

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Pitchfork Fest 2007: Days 2-3

Forkfest beer tentFriday night was a fun bonus, but the real festival started on Saturday. That’s when the place filled up with perfectly unkempt indie kids, all the vendors were in full effect, and they kept scruffs like me out of the VIP section.

The importance of the weather cannot be overstated. When it’s hot as balls like it had been for the previous two Fork Fests, it becomes hard to drink the Goose Island beer and revolting to get too close to other sweaty people. When it’s over 100 and humid as hell, you need an American-style light lager. In fact, you need a lot of them. And you have to wear shorts even if your legs are pasty.

But when it’s mid-70s and breezy, you can wear jeans if you want, you can drink good beer, and you can work your way through a thick crowd occasionally bumping into a scantily clad young person without immediately being covered in stank. You can even eat Chipotle. Why not?

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Please, For the Love of God, Let it Be

Paul and Yoko duke it out once more, but for what?

So what’s the big stink? Paul wants to switch the order of names on the songs he mainly wrote. Who cares? Apperently, Yoko. Though I tend to see it as a lot of hot air, most media outlets have reported that Yoko Ono is investigating her legal options to force McCartney to switch back the names on later releases of his Back in the U.S. Live 2002 album. Is there any legal ground?

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