Yoko Ono

"yoko might still write a memoir"


Reuters, June 20th 2007

"Yoko Ono may yet write her autobiography despite a reluctance to deal with hostile critics -- Beatles fans who still blame her for breaking up the band.

But she also is worried about hurting the people she would write about.

"I want to one day do that probably but still don't have the time," Ono said at a forum in New York.

"There are things that I can't write because it may hurt someone," Ono said. "I think about how it might hurt (their) children, and I don't want to do that."

Discussing her own art and music, Ono said she always thought of her work as Asian and rejected being categorized as part of the Fluxus, or minimalist movement prevalent in New York in the early 1960s.

"I knew John Cage and all that," Ono said of the composer associated with the movement. "But I don't think that was how I should be explained."

She said that after Lennon's 1980 murder in front of their home at the Dakota building in Manhattan she considered moving because there were so many people hovering around the place.

But Ono stayed put because it was the home she had created with Lennon and "it means a lot to Sean," she said, referring to her son who was 5 years old when Lennon died.

Ono said the scorn heaped on her art and music, which now receives more favourable treatment from critics and dance music fans, never bothered her. But she was concerned about how bad Lennon had felt because her work wasn't appreciated.

She fears a possible backlash from Beatles fans who blame her for breaking up the band, despite what she said were statements from Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and the late George Harrison absolving her."



Yoko Ono in 1964

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