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

ABOUT BED PEACE

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