Showing posts with label Yoko Ono. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Yoko Ono. Show all posts

Thursday, February 18, 2021

What do you hear? Photos of John and Yoko listening to the ground surface for auction

A series of photos, some familiar, others not, of John and Yoko "listening" to the pavement in New York City via stethoscopes, is up for bid, the Daily Mail reports. The shots were taken in 19971 by Iain MacMillan, who also shot the cover photo for the Beatles' Abbey Road LP.

A contact sheet featuring 12 photos will be sold via Bonhams of London at a starting price of  £9,000 on Feb. 25.

Monday, December 28, 2020

"Whole Lotta Yoko" violinist Ivry Gitllis passes away

Israeli classical violinist Irvry Gitlis, who played with the makeshift Dirty Mac band (John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Mitch Mitchell) on the Rolling Stones' "Rock and Roll Circus" TV special, died on Dec. 24 at age 98, The Associated Press reports.

Gitlis appears with the band backing a vocal performance by Yoko Ono in the film and was widely known in the world of classical music.

Via AP:

France’s culture minister [hailed Gitlis] as “a magnificent performer, a generous musician” who dedicated his life “to serving all kinds of music.” 

...Recognizable in recent decades by his long white hair and distinctive caps and scarves, Gitlis began playing in the 1920s and performed into the 2010s. The Paris Philharmonic celebrated “one of the longest and most prolific careers in the history of music.”

Stay through the Dirty Mac playing the Beatles' "Yer Blues" and you'll see Gitlis' "Rock and Roll Circus" performance with Yoko and the band below:

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Yoko steps back from Beatles business affairs, appoints Sean to play role

At age 87 in frail health, Yoko Ono has appointed her son, Sean Ono Lennon, to represent her business interest, including those related to the Beatles, The Daily Mail reports.

Yoko has been managing John's $800million fortune since his death in 1980.

Now Sean, 45, has been appointed a director at eight companies linked to the family and The Beatles according to The Mirror, including the multimedia Apple Corps.

Apple Corps had reported assets of $36million last year, and Sean is also believed to be taking over at Lensolo, managing John's solo material, Maclen, which publishes John's work in the US, and Subafilms, a music film company.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Watch: John and Yoko restored "Bed Peace" film now on YouTube


1969 was the year that John & Yoko intensified their long running campaign for World Peace. They approached the task with the same entrepreneurial expertise as an advertising agency selling a brand of soap powder to the masses. John & Yoko's product however was PEACE, not soft soap, and they were determined to use any slogan, event and gimmick in order to persuade the World to buy it. BED PEACE (directed by Yoko & John and filmed by Nic Knowland) is a document of the Montreal events from 26-31 May 1969, and features John & Yoko in conversation with, amongst others, The World Press, satirist Al Capp, activist Dick Gregory, comedian Tommy Smothers, protesters at Berkeley's People's Park, Rabbi Abraham L. Feinberg, quiltmaker Christine Kemp, psychologists Timothy Leary & Rosemary Leary, CFOX DJs Charles P. Rodney Chandler & Roger Scott, producer André Perry, journalist Ritchie York, DJ & Promoter Murray The K, filmmaker Jonas Mekas, publicist Derek Taylor & personal assistant Anthony Fawcett. Featured songs are Plastic Ono Band's GIVE PEACE A CHANCE & INSTANT KARMA, Yoko's REMEMBER LOVE & WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND & John's acoustic version of BECAUSE. "As we said before: WAR IS OVER! (If You Want It)" - yoko

Monday, August 10, 2020

Yoko Ono Lennon Performance Center planned at University of Liverpool

The University of Liverpool has announced plans to construct a new performance center named after Yoko Ono on its campus.


Set to open in late 2021, The Yoko Ono Lennon Centre will house the Tung Auditorium, a 400-seat state-of-the-art performance space and the Paul Brett Lecture Theatre, the largest purpose-built lecture space on campus. 
The Centre will also be the home of the University’s popular Lunchtime Concert Series and will develop a programme of new public-facing cultural highlights including concerts, lectures as well as other events in the University calendar, including our annual Lit Fest and Open House series. 
In 1991, Yoko Ono Lennon established the John Lennon Memorial Scholarships in memory of her late husband, making a further donation to the fund on the 10th anniversary in 2001. The scholarships provide the opportunity for disadvantaged students who may otherwise not have the chance, to realise their ambition to study at university. 
Yoko Ono Lennon has remained a passionate supporter of student opportunities at the University, which she demonstrated again earlier this year when she joined a long list of distinguished individuals as one of campaign ambassadors for the new Centre, among them award-winning actor Dame Patricia Routledge, the first British female Professor of Surgery Averil Mansfield CBE, soprano Dr Joan Rodgers CBE, composer Professor Shirley Thompson OBE, the former Head of University Press Robin Bloxsidge and retired barrister and arts patron Nick Riddle. 
In 2001 the University awarded Yoko Ono Lennon an honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD).Professor Dame Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool, said: “The University is very honoured to add the iconic name of Yoko Ono Lennon to its new state-of-the art building in which the talented musicians and performers of the future will be nurtured.

“Yoko has been at the cutting-edge of the avant-garde in art and music for decades, and the naming of the Yoko Ono Lennon Centre will ensure that her name will be inscribed in the cultural history of Liverpool for generations to come. 
“The Yoko Ono Lennon Centre will add richness to the deep and diverse cultural landscape of the city region." 
Professor Catherine Tackley, Head of the University of Liverpool’s Department of Music, said: “The Yoko Ono Lennon Centre will improve every aspect of our Department’s work.
“It is important that we continue to facilitate and resource opportunities for our students to perform – whether they are studying music or not – alongside their colleagues, and that means giving them somewhere perfectly suited to do that. 
“The Centre will also draw us closer to the local community by acting as a creative hub for the region providing space and resources for a programme of diverse and culturally-rich public events.”
Yoko Ono Lennon, said: “I am thrilled to be recognized with the naming of the new performance centre at the University of Liverpool. I hope it will be a home for creative expression and learning for many years to come. Thank you to the University and to the people of Liverpool for this wonderful honour." 
Clare McColgan MBE, Director of Culture Liverpool, said: “It is wonderful to see the University of Liverpool making this commitment. Yoko Ono Lennon has been an incredible supporter of the city over the years embracing its role in John’s life. From her visits to Dovedale School to major exhibitions at the Bluecoat and Museum of Liverpool she demonstrates a love and affection for this place that will be cemented by this gesture.”

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Coming Up: "Dream Lovers: John and Yoko in NYC: The Photographs of Brian Hamill"

Out Nov. 30, 2020. Order now from Amazon.

John Lennon's life, death and music shaped the world. His reputation as a philanthropist, political activist and pacifist influenced millions worldwide. If Elvis was King, Lennon was his rightful successor - and fittingly, several images in this collection of both classic and unseen photos show him wearing a diamond-studded 'Elvis' pin over his heart, in homage to his forefather on the throne of Rock 'n' Roll. John Lennon is seen here in several sessions in New York, performing on stage, relaxed at home and walking on the street with Yoko Ono.
Renowned celebrity photojournalist Brian Hamill delivers his own insider view of this Beatles icon, through intense, intimate photographic portraits and insightful essays. Whether Lennon is dominating the stage, posing against windswept cityscapes, or relaxing with Yoko Ono, Hamill's photography takes this quasi-mythical figure from the world of Rock 'n' Roll and shows him as the man he really was.