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Yoko Ono


John Lennon: Plastic Ono Band (Apple)/ Yoko Ono: Plastic Ono Band (Apple)

Review by Dave Marsh, Creem, March 1971

BOTH OF THESE records are remarkable in some aspect, a sort of East-West five years after Butterfield and Allan Watts. Certainly, until this point, John ...

Yoko Ono: Scream And Scream Again

Live Review by Jeff Tamarkin, Creem, September 1986

Yoko Ono: Beacon Theater, New York, May 22, 1986 ...


Yoko Ono (1988)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1988

Yoko on her musical upbringing, life during wartime, the avant garde and her involvment with John and the English music scene

File format: mp3 File size: 26.6mb Interview length: 38 minutes 44 seconds Sound quality: *

Yoko Ono (1992)

Interview by Paul Zollo, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1992

Ms. Ono looks back at her youth, training as a musician; her involvement in art music, jazz and meeting Ornette Coleman; her transition, with Lennon, into pop, and – at length – about her songwriting, and particular songs.

File format: mp3; file size: 65.2mb, interview length: 1h 11' 12" sound quality: ***


John Lennon and Yoko Ono: Life With The Lions (Apple)

Review by uncredited writer, Record Mirror, May 1969


The Rolling Stones, Plastic Ono Band et al: New Singles

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1969

ROLLING STONES: 'Honky Tonk Women'/'You Can't Always Get What You Want' (Decca). An important single for the Stones, but a disappointment for us . ...

John and Yoko: Can YOU Afford To Laugh At Them?

Interview by Tony Norman, Top Pops, August 1969

In Vietnam, young men are killing each other every day. In Biafra, young children are dying of starvation. Across the Continents of the world there ...

John Lennon/Yoko Ono Interview

Interview by Miles, unpublished, September 1969

These tapes were made on September 23rd and 24th, 1969, at Apple. When Allen Klein fired Ron Kass, the head of Apple Records, John and ...

John & Yoko (part 1)

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, December 1969

"We had to do a lot of selling out. Taking the MBE was a sell-out for me". Part 1 of a new series by RICHARD ...

John & Yoko (part 2)

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, December 1969

"People prefer a dead saint to a living annoyance like John and Yoko. But we don't intend to be dead Saints for people's convenience". Part ...

John & Yoko (part 3)

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, December 1969

"We're always together, like 24 hours a day. We're never apart by more than a 100 yards". RICHARD WILLIAMS concludes his exclusive series ...

John Lennon & Yoko Ono: Doing The Rounds For Publicity

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, July 1971

He knows it, I know it – the next Lennon album is the greatest says Alan Smith ...

At Home With The Lennons, Part 2

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, August 1971

In which
 John burns down the Beatles 'cause he loves 'em ...

John and Yoko: A Press Conference at Apple

Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, October 1971

THERE'S A GLINT of spectacles. Gathering recognition as the sandy hair, short and unfamiliar registers. Take in the smart grey trousers and the conventional shirt. ...

John Sinclair: Free John & Yoko

Report by uncredited writer, Dave Marsh, Creem, March 1972

The new Plastic Ono Band comes to Ann Arbor to Free John Sinclair – Starring David Peel, Archie Shepp, Ed Sanders, Stevie Wonder, Commander Cody, ...

Rocking Chair: Oh! Yoko

Column by Michael Lydon, Fusion, April 1972

YOKO ONO smiles from her recent album cover (fly) with great compassion. Her face is heavy, peasant-like. She is looking out through a sheet of ...

Lennon-Ono: Deporting The Great Swan

Report by Jonathon Green, International Times, November 1972

NEW YORK: 'It is with great pleasure that we wish to add PEN American Center's great Roc's voice to the vast chorus of poetic larks and ...

Yoko Ono: Approximately Infinite Universe (Apple)

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, January 1973

IN AS MUCH AS the Lennons have spent four years trying to turn self-dramatisation into an art-form, the criticism of indulgence so often aimed at ...

Yoko Ono: Approximately Infinite Universe

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Phonograph Record, April 1973

YEAH, WELL, believe it or not: this is a totally rock 'n' roll album. It's also so far and away the best Beatles-related effort to ...

Yoko Ono

Interview by Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, September 1973

IF ALL THE world were a movie set, the Japanese artist could have married her rock star and lived happily ever after in the East ...

Yoko's A No-No: Yoko Ono: Kenny's Castaways, New York

Live Review by Vicki Wickham, Melody Maker, November 1973

NEW YORK: I still haven't figured out what is "inside" everyone that makes them not only want to sing, but to so firmly believe they ...

Bette Midler: Bette Midler (Atlantic); Yoko Ono: Feeling The Space (Apple)

Review by Loraine Alterman, New York Times, The, November 1973

No Torches for Bette and Yoko ...

Yoko Ono: The Whole World Is My Mother-In-Law

Profile and Interview by Caroline Coon, unpublished, 1974

2012 NOTE: Tidying through my papers some days ago I found, at last, an interview I did with Yoko Ono at home in New York ...

Plastic Ono Band: The End Of Another Dream

Essay by Idris Walters, Let It Rock, February 1975

Idris Walters describes the strange marriage of rock'n'roll and conceptual art which produced some of the most arresting sounds of the last few years and ...

John Lennon & Yoko Ono: Double Fantasy (Geffen)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, November 1980

IN THE cocoon, something stirs. John Lennon – one of the people who used to be in The Beatles, a group reckoned to be hot ...

John Lennon & Yoko Ono: Double Fantasy (Geffen GHS2001)

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, February 1981

John and Yoko: A Fond Farewell ...

Yoko Ono: Life Without John

Report and Interview by Philip Norman, Sunday Times, June 1981

IT IS FIVE months since the shots were fired. The Dakota Building shares in that relief which Spring fleetingly gives to New York. Beside the ...

Yoko Ono: Season Of Glass (Geffen)

Review by Richard Riegel, Creem, October 1981

YOKO ONO'S first post-John album has been out a month or so as I write this, but you'd never know that from tuning into your ...

Yoko Ono: We Are Only One

Interview by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, February 1984

How does the widow of John Lennon face up to a world that won't leave her husband's memory alone, three years after his death? In ...

Julian Lennon: The Lennon Legacy

Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, October 1984

Four years after a madman took out his father, JULIAN LENNON launches his own career in music. In his first major interview he tells Colin ...

Yoko Ono: Then and Now

Interview by Ben Fong-Torres, San Francisco Chronicle, September 1987

YOKO ONO looks impenetrable behind her trademark wraparound sunglasses, a sober demeanor and a never-ending haze of cigarette smoke. ...

Yoko Ono Reconsidered

Profile and Interview by Mark Kemp, Option, July 1992

LIVING WELL may be the best revenge, but vindication is just as sweet. In Yoko Ono's case, the payback is that while many of her ...

Eyewitness: The 14-Hour Technicolor Dream, April 29, 1967, Alexandra Palace, North London

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Q, June 1995

Pink Floyd, The Soft Machine, The Move... Some of Swinging London's swingiest played at the legendary International Times benefit at Alexandra Palace. Johnny Black rounds up a ...

Eyewitness: John & Yoko record 'Give Peace A Chance'

Retrospective by Paul Williams, Q, November 1995

Give Peace A Chance may not be the last word in protest performances, but it can lay claim to one of the weirdest musical births ...

Yoko Ono: Starting Over

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 1997

YOKO ONO was a lightning rod for the Sixties' most vicious currents. John Lennon was a man she'd barely heard of, a man she fell ...

John Lennon, Yoko Ono: Various Reissues

Review by David Stubbs, Uncut, August 1997

A LOT of claims are being made for Yoko Ono. That those first albums she made with Lennon in the late Sixties weren't the random ...

John Lennon: So This Is Christmas…

Retrospective by Richard Williams, Uncut, January 1998

UP ON THE 17TH FLOOR OF THE St Regis Hotel in New York City, John Lennon is learning to type. P...I...M...P, he types. I AM ...

Yoko Ono on John Lennon

Interview by Carol Clerk, Uncut, January 1998

AND SO THIS is Christmas. Well, nearly. The stores in Manhattan are already sparkling with trees and tinsel, and here in Central Park, the traditionally ...

Undercurrents #7: Fables of the Deconstruction

Retrospective by Edwin Pouncey, Wire, The, July 1999

In the latest in our series uncovering the hidden wiring of 20th century music, Edwin Pouncey shows how rock 'n' roll's face was changed forever ...

John Lennon & Yoko Ono: Plastic Ono Band/Double Fantasy

Review by Ian Penman, Uncut, February 2001

The dream is over… ...

Just imagine: Yoko Ono

Interview by Andrew Smith, Observer Music Monthly, November 2001

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 ...

Yoko Ono: A 1992 Interview

Book Excerpt by Paul Zollo, 'Songwriters on Songwriting' (rev. edn, Da Capo), 2003

IT WAS A SAD and a little spooky to walk into the Dakota on this dark and rainy winter night, an evening not unlike the ...

The Ballad of John & Yoko

Retrospective and Interview by Carol Clerk, Uncut, September 2003

IT'S THE summer of 1969, and John and Yoko are in bed in room 1742 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal. They are in their ...

Yoko Ono: The Outsider Peeks Inside

Profile and Interview by Jeff Tamarkin, Global Rhythm, January 2004

THE WOMAN'S clothing is being snipped from her body. Systematically, one by one, 200 scissors-wielding strangers – and the woman's son – silently have a ...

Profile: Yoko Ono, 70, New York City, N.Y.

Profile and Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Harp, July 2005

YOKO ONO is diminutive in size, but huge in spirit. A fearless avatar, she will attempt anything whether it’s topping the Billboard charts as a ...

Yoko Ono: Special Occasions

Interview by Carol Clerk, Uncut, January 2008


John Lennon: Give New York A Chance

Guide by Philip Norman, Daily Mail, December 2008

FEW EXILES have been so cherished by a city as John Lennon was by New York. Certainly, none has ever left such a legacy of ...

Yoko Ono: Naked Ambition

Interview by John Doran, Stool Pigeon, The, October 2009

THERE'S SOMETHING to be said for delayed gratification. There's no small amount of tortoise versus hare enjoyment to listening to Yoko Ono's new album. ...

The Domino Effect: How One of Toronto's Most Iconic Rock Concerts Almost Never Happened

Retrospective by Juliette Jagger, Noisey, April 2015

FOR MANY, the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival of 1969 is the stuff of legends. For some, like famed rock promoter and pop culture icon ...

see also John Lennon

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