Yoko Ono @ the Grammy Museum 10/3/10

As published by LA RECORD:

No screeching, yelping or otherworldly noises emanated from Yoko Ono when she took center stage Sunday, Oct 3; her appearance at the Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theater solely featured conversation. To a sold-out audience of just 200 lucky guests, Yoko’s intimate discussion touched on myriad topics, from the expected—updates on her new art and musical works—to the unexpected, like her respect for Lady Gaga and her initial aloofness toward John Lennon.

The candid interview, led by museum director Robert Santelli, revealed much about Yoko’s inspirations and life’s work, as well as unveiled some of the speculation and mystery surrounding her infamous love affair and marriage to John Lennon. Laughing at the seemingly ludicrous scenario, she coolly shared that John’s vigorous wooing of her was initially met with a tepid reaction. Referring to herself as an “elitist” artist, Yoko admitted how little she knew about the “mop heads” or John upon their initial meeting; her only prior knowledge of them came from a small article she’d read in a Japanese newspaper. John’s incessant hounding finally wore her down, sparking one of the most legendary relationships in entertainment industry history. 

Yoko also delighted in regaling her musical collaborations with son Sean; recent gigs in Los Angeles and around the country with, among others, Thurston Moore, Mike Watt and Lady Gaga, a “wonderfully talented artist” she “respects very much”; and her past and recent art projects, including the monumental Imagine Peace Tower light installation in Iceland. The interview ended with the screening of a rare film reel of her and John before the session culminated in a Q&A with the audience, which (surprise) was rife with questions about her relationship with her legendary late spouse.

The Grammy Museum’s evening with Yoko Ono marked the opening of her newly curated Grammy Museum exhibit, “John Lennon, Songwriter.” Celebrating the 70th anniversary of her late husband’s birth (Oct. 9), the exhibit spans John’s entire career and displays such artifacts as handwritten song lyrics, guitars, a pair of his signature wire-rimmed glasses, a typewriter, and rare historic film footage covering John Lennon’s early influences, his time with the Quarry Men and the Beatles, and his transition to solo artist.

Linda Rapka



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