In celebration of the 70th anniversary of John Lennon's birth on Oct. 9, 1940, two-time GRAMMY winner Yoko Ono visited the GRAMMY Museum on Oct. 3 for an intimate conversation about her late husband's life and legacy. Ono also discussed her artistic influences, how she met Lennon and the origins of the Plastic Ono Band. The event was in support of the GRAMMY Museum's latest exhibit John Lennon, Songwriter.
"The first feeling I had of [John] was that he was very elegant, and very strange," Ono said regarding her first encounter with Lennon at one of her gallery showings. "He had all these different personas, and this was a gallery he was visiting, so he was wearing a nice suit and looking rather elegant."
Born in Tokyo, Ono is known as a peace activist, musician and artist. In the '60s, Ono became a prominent figure in Fluxus, a movement of artists known for incorporating experimental and avante-garde concepts. She met Lennon in November 1966 and the couple eventually married in 1969. Ono and Lennon collaborated musically beginning in 1968 with Unfinished Music, No. 1: Two Virgins (an album known for its nude cover art) up until 1980's Double Fantasy, the last recording released in Lennon's lifetime. The latter album won the Album Of The Year GRAMMY, reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and included the No. 1 single "(Just Like) Starting Over." Ono resumed her music career in 1981 with Seasons Of Glass, featuring the GRAMMY-nominated "Walking On Thin Ice." Her most recent recording, Between My Head And The Sky, was released under the Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band moniker in 2009.
Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include Fender Presents An Intimate Night With Los Lobos (Dec. 14) and What A Long Strange Trip it's Been: A Review Of Rock's Greatest Decade (Jan. 4).
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