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Julie Cunningham & Company: A Line Is

Yoko Ono’s ‘Dance Pieces’ from her seminal collection of ‘Instruction Poems’ ACORN, are the starting point for a new site-specific dance performance by Julie Cunningham & Company.

The work responds to the Victoria & Albert Museum’s galleries and collections on display. Taking visitors on a journey through the Museum, four dancers will create intimate, imaginary situations as they move through spaces inside the Museum. With thanks to Yoko Ono.

Part of REVEAL Festival
Read Yoko Ono’s ‘Acorn’ book

Yoko Ono – DANCE PIECES I – X from ‘Acorn’

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Imagine

‘Imagine’ receives NMPA Centennial Song Award, credits Yoko Ono as co-writer

“Actually, that should be credited as a Lennon-Ono song because a lot of it – the lyric and the concept – came from Yoko. But those days I was a bit more selfish, a bit more macho, and I sort of omitted to mention her contribution. But it was right out of Grapefruit, her book. There’s a whole pile of pieces about ‘Imagine this’ and ‘Imagine that.’ And give her credit now, long overdue.”
– John Lennon – interview with Andy Peebles, BBC Radio, 6 Dec 1980

  

“‘Imagine’ was inspired by Yoko’s ‘Grapefruit’. There’s a lot of pieces in it saying, like, “Imagine this” or, “Imagine that.” If you look, if you get a copy of ‘Grapefruit’ and you look through, you’ll see where I was influenced by her. And I know she helped on a lot of the lyrics but I wasn’t man enough to let her have credit for it, so that song was actually written by John and Yoko… [The song itself] expresses what I’d learned through being with Yoko and my own feelings on it.”
– John Lennon, interview with David Scheff, Playboy Magazine, 1980


Find out more at Billboard, Variety, Pitchfork, BBC News.




Music News

YOKO ONO Reissue Project – Part 2

3 Albums: FLY, Approximately Infinite Universe & Feeling The Space

Out on July 14th, available for preorder NOW

CD Bundle

CD Bundle

• Available from Secretly Canadian & Chimera Music.
• AIU embroidered patch
• “What A Bastard The World Is” instant download
• Digital download code (active 14 July) for all 3 albums as MP3s @320kBs
LP Bundle

LP Bundle

• Available from Secretly Canadian & Chimera Music.
• Limited Edition white vinyl
• AIU slipmat & embroidered patch
• “What A Bastard The World Is” instant download
• Digital download code (active 14 July) for all 3 albums as MP3s @320kBs
T Shirt

T Shirt

• Available from Secretly Canadian & Chimera Music

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FLY

FLY CDs

FLY LPs
What you hear on Fly is Yoko Ono’s disarming combination of opacity and visceral, personal transparency in full bloom. It’s one of the most unbridled, most captivating soul albums ever made. And that’s right where she wants you: vulnerable, wide open to any-and-everything, ready to have your world tipped onto its head. She’s a master of spinning your head around.

First, you get the Bar Band from Hell of “Midsummer New York” to kick things off. It’s about the last thing you’d expect from Ono coming off Plastic Ono Band. But here you are, listening to Ono channeling Elvis.Why am I all of a sudden bopping along to it? At 16-minute-plus, the tranced-out, motorik-inspired boogie “Mind Train” is rough-and-ready for your next basement get down. Movement and perspiration required. Then, we have the absolutely gutting blues of “Don’t Worry, Kyoko (Mummy’s Only Looking For Her Hand in The Snow).” Full of ache and raw emotion, the song is a love note, a plea for forgiveness, to her estranged daughter Kyoko shot across the universe on a flaming arrow. Ono follows this stampede of emotion with the self-referential torch song “Mrs. Lennon,” a wounded song that gets right into the Universal Loneliness. And so here you are. You’re devastated. You’re exhausted. You’re exhilarated. And you’re only 1/4 of the way up the mountain that is Fly. Dig deep, traveler, it’s worth the climb.

Available for Preorder NOW at Amazon, Secretly Canadian & Chimera Music

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SIDE A
1. Midsummer New York
2. Mind Train

SIDE B
3. Mind Holes
4. Don’t Worry Kyoko (Mummy’s Only Looking For A Hand In The Snow)
5. Mrs. Lennon
6. Hirake
7. Toilet Piece / Unknown
8. O’Wind (Body Is The Scar Of Your Mind)

SIDE C
9. Airmale
10. Don’t Count The Waves
11. You

SIDE D
12. Fly
13. Telephone Piece

BONUS TRACKS
14. Between The Takes
15. Will You Touch Me?
16. The Path
17. Head Play (Medley: You/Airmale/Fly)

Approximately Infinite Universe

AIU CDs

AIU LPs
There’s a fury at the core of Yoko Ono’s 1973 rock opus Approximately Infinite Universe that was not apparent on previously recorded efforts. Ono has always been a master of turning pain and sadness into art, but here, there’s a clenched-fist intensity that sets it apart in her deep, unparalleled catalogue. Ono is angry. She proved that one can carry a boundless love for humanity and still be furious — furious at male/female relationships, at war, at your partner.

Meanwhile, on a sonic level, Ono ups the ante on the more centered rock-n-roll sounds she approached with 1971’s Fly. The album is one of the most traditional-sounding rock chapters in Ono’s sprawling catalogue. There are moments here that absolutely rival Jersey legends the E Street Band, though of course Ono’s vision leads her band down darker, more mystical paths than the E Street Band ever dared tread. Approximately Infinite Universe is an essential and progressive piece of Ono’s output, both in the advancements she made as a songwriter/conceptualist, and as a solidified statement of her staunch feminist role within the very male-dominated mainstream rock ghetto of the mid-1970’s.

Available for Preorder NOW at Amazon, Secretly Canadian & Chimera Music

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SIDE A
1. Yang Yang
2. Death Of Samantha
3. I Want My Love To Rest Tonight
4. What Did I Do!
5. Have You Seen A Horizon Lately

SIDE B
6. Approximately Infinite Universe
7. Peter The Dealer
8. Song For John
9. Catman (The Rosies Are Coming)
10. What A Bastard The World Is
11. Waiting For The Sunrise

SIDE C
12. I Felt Like Smashing My Face In A Clear Glass Window
13. Winter Song
14. Kite Song
15. What A Mess
16. Shiranakatta (I Didn’t Know)
17. Air Talk

SIDE D
18. I Have A Woman Inside My Soul
19. Move On Fast
20. Now Or Never
21. Is Winter Here To Stay?
22. Looking Over From My Hotel Window

BONUS TRACK
23. Dogtown

Feeling The Space

Feeling The Space CDs

Feeling The Space LPs
If you’ve listened to Feeling the Space, Yoko Ono’s personal-is-political 1973 album, it should come as no surprise that the once-reviled artist is inspiring a new generation of activists in 2017. On such songs as the righteous chant “Woman Power,” the empathetic ballad “Angry Young Woman,” the hilarious proto-grrrl “Potbelly Rocker,” and the satirical “Men Men Men,” Yoko sings in surprisingly straightforward fashion about the burdens carried by women and the mandate for feminism. Supported by such skilled studio vets as guitarist David Spinozza, sax playerMichael Brecker, and drummer Jim Keltner, this is perhaps Yoko’s most accessible album, and her most intimate.

Feeling the Space was recorded during the time when the avant-garde visionary artist became estranged from her rock-star husband John Lennon. He plays only briefly on the album (billed as Johnny O’cean); she produced and wrote all the songs. The result is a definitive soundtrack/document of the era of consciousness raising and of radical critique of the family structure. Yoko and company deliver this hard message soft rock style, or as soft as Yoko could get. Yoko was on the front lines of the women’s liberation movement. Dedicated “to the sisters who died in pain and sorrow and those who are now in prisons and in mental hospitals for being unable to survive in the male society,” it’s an emotional exploration of the psychological toll of oppression.

Available for Preorder NOW at Amazon, Secretly Canadian & Chimera Music

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SIDE A
1. Growing Pain
2. Yellow Girl (Stand By For Life)
3. Coffin Car
4. Woman Of Salem
5. Run, Run, Run
6. If Only

SIDE B
7. A Thousand Times Yes
8. Straight Talk
9. Angry YoungWoman
10. She Hits Back
11. Woman Power
12. Men,Men,Men

BONUS TRACKS
13. “I Learned To Stutter” / Coffin Car (Live)
14. Potbelly Rocker
15. It’s Been Very Hard
16. WarriorWoman
17. Left Turn’s The Right Turn
18. Mildred,Mildred
19. Mildred,Mildred (Demo)


More Music News

“Wake Up!” – Yoko Ono on new Moonlandingz album

The Moonlandingz announce new album ‘Interplanetary Class Classics’
Produced by Sean Lennon, it features Yoko Ono on the track ‘This Cities Undone’
The band features members of Fat White Family and the Eccentronic Research Council.

“The Moonlandingz are one of the most important new British bands today and I am very proud of Sean. I was surprised what a good job he did.”– yoko

Preorder now on Amazon or iTunes. Limited Edition green vinyl at Chimera Music.
Read more at Rolling Stone

Yoko Ono on new Black Lips album

Black Lips announce new album ‘Satan’s Graffiti Or God’s Art?’
Produced by Sean Lennon, it features Yoko Ono on the track ‘Occidental Front’

Preorder the album on Amazon or iTunes.
Read more at Pitchfork

Recent Releases & Re-releases

Yoko Ono – The first 3 of 11 classic album remasters (Two Virgins, Life With The Lions & Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band) on Secretly Canadian.
Read: ★★★★★ Rolling Stone, 1971 original review by Lester Bangs, ★★★★★ Rolling Stone, 2016 & Pitchfork, 2016.

Yoko Ono & John Lennon - Two Virgins
John Lennon & Yoko Ono - Life With The Lions
Yoko Ono - Plastic Ono Band
Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band - Between My Head And The Sky
Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band - Take Me To The Land Of Hell
ONO - Yes I'm A Witch Too



Yoko Ono Plastic Ono BandBetween My Head and The Sky and Take Me To The Land Of Hell are out now on Sean Lennon’s Chimera Music label.

ONOYes I’m A Witch Too album is out now on Manimal. Discover more about ONO, Yoko Ono’s Dance Remix project here.



Latest News

Opening Ceremony - Pledges Of Allegiance
We are Not Afraid
WAR IS OVER! (If You Want It)
Yoko's reaction to Donald Trump

Listen to Yokos John Lennon playlists
Skylanding
Isle Of Dogs by Wes Anderson featuring Yoko Ono
Kim Gordon, tUnE-yArDs, and 6 Other Musicians on Why Yoko Ono Matters

IMAGINE PEACE TOWER
Lennon-Ono Grant For Peace 2016
Yoko's Recommended Reading List
25 Things Even My Best Friends Didn’t Know Until Now… by Yoko Ono



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Events & Exhibitions

Wish Tree Garden at Copenhagen Contemporary
Wish Trees at UCD’s new Shrem Museum
ARISING - Call to Action
Air Capsules at Museum of Jewish Heritage, NYC
My Mommy Is Beautiful & Helmets with A Piece of Sky at Reykjavik Art Museum
Play It By Trust & Map Piece at Reykjavik Art Museum
Arising at Reykjavik Art Museum
Bed Peace film at Victoria & Albert Museum, London

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  • Group Show: To Come Thickly


    Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA - map



    Wed 06 Sep 2017 - Sun 29 Apr 2018

  • JOHN LENNON's birthday






    Mon 09 Oct 2017

  • Annual Lighting of the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER


    Imagine Peace Tower (Friðarsúlan), Viðey Island, Reykjavík, Iceland - map



    Mon 09 Oct 2017

  • IMAGINE PEACE TOWER lit


    Imagine Peace Tower, Videy Island, Capital Region, Iceland - map



    Mon 09 Oct 2017 - Fri 08 Dec 2017

  • Group Show: Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp


    Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA - map



    Sat 18 Nov 2017 - Sun 25 Feb 2018

  • Group Show: To Come Thickly


    Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA - map



    Sun 29 Apr 2018



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