69 Facts About Yoko Ono

1. Yoko Ono is a Japanese multimedia artist, singer, songwriter, and peace activist.

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2. Yoko Ono grew up in Tokyo and moved to New York City in 1953 with her family.

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3. Yoko Ono's became involved with New York City's downtown artists scene in the early 1960s, which included the Fluxus group, and became well known in 1969 when she married English musician John Lennon of the Beatles.

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4. Yoko Ono began a career in popular music in 1969, forming the Plastic Yoko Ono Band with Lennon and producing a number of avant-garde music albums in the 1970s.

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5. Yoko Ono's funded the Strawberry Fields memorial in Manhattan's Central Park, the Imagine Peace Tower in Iceland, and the John Lennon Museum in Saitama, Japan.

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6. In 1937, the family was transferred back to Japan, and Yoko Ono enrolled at Tokyo's elite Gakushuin, one of the most exclusive schools in Japan.

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7. Yoko Ono was enrolled in piano lessons from the age of 4, until the age of 12 or 13.

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8. Yoko Ono said it was during this period in her life that she developed her "aggressive" attitude and understanding of "outsider" status.

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9. The school, located near the Tokyo Imperial Palace, had not been damaged by the war, and Yoko Ono found herself a classmate of Prince Akihito, the future emperor of Japan.

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10. Yoko Ono graduated from Gakushuin in 1951, and was accepted into the philosophy program of Gakushuin University as the first woman to enter the department.

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11. Yoko Ono joined her family in New York in September 1952, and enrolled at nearby Sarah Lawrence College.

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12. Yoko Ono's said, "I was just fascinated with what they could do.

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13. Yoko Ono's showed this work and other instructional work again at Macunias's AG Gallery in July 1961.

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14. Yoko Ono's is credited for the album cover art for the album Nirvana Symphony by Toshiro Mayuzumi, released by Time Records in 1962.

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15. Yoko Ono returned home to live with her parents, and, suffering from clinical depression, was briefly placed into a Japanese mental institution.

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16. In September 1966, Yoko Ono visited London to meet artist and political activist Gustav Metzger's Destruction in Art Symposium in September 1966.

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17. Yoko Ono's was the only woman artist chosen to perform her own events and only one of two invited to speak.

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18. Yoko Ono's premiered The Fog Machine during her Concert of Music for the Mind at the Bluecoat Society of Arts in Liverpool, England in 1967.

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19. When Lennon's wife returned home, she found Yoko Ono wearing her bathrobe and drinking tea with Lennon, who simply said, "Oh, hi.

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20. On December 12, 1968, Lennon and Yoko Ono participated in the BBC documentary about The Rolling Stones, The Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus, along with several other high-profile musicians.

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21. On March 20, 1969, Lennon and Yoko Ono were married at the registry office in Gibraltar and spent their honeymoon in Amsterdam, campaigning with a week-long Bed-In for Peace.

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22. When Lennon was invited to play with Frank Zappa at the Fillmore on June 5, 1971, Yoko Ono joined them.

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23. Yoko Ono's spoke of driving along the coast with Lennon and dreamed of buying a house in Maine.

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24. In 1973, Yoko Ono recorded a single, "Joseijoi Banzai, Parts 1 and 2" with musicians billed as the Plastic Yoko Ono Band and Elephants Memory and released it only in Japan.

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25. Yoko Ono's cheered feminism by combining lyrics inspired by Japanese war songs with Pop rhythms, signalling a new direction.

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26. The couple separated in July 1973, with Yoko Ono pursuing her career and Lennon living between Los Angeles and New York with personal assistant May Pang; Yoko Ono had given her blessing to Lennon and Pang's relationship.

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27. When she telephoned the next day, Yoko Ono told her Lennon was unavailable, because he was exhausted after a hypnotherapy session.

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28. In 1984, a tribute album titled Every Man Has a Woman was released, featuring a selection of songs written by Yoko Ono performed by artists such as Elvis Costello, Roberta Flack, Eddie Money, Rosanne Cash, and Harry Nilsson.

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29. In 1986, Yoko Ono set out on a goodwill world tour for Starpeace, primarily visiting Eastern European countries.

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30. In 1990, Yoko Ono collaborated with music consultant Jeff Pollack to honor what would have been Lennon's 50th birthday with a worldwide broadcast of "Imagine".

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31. Yoko Ono felt the timing was perfect, considering the escalating conflicts in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Germany.

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32. Yoko Ono's released a one-disc sampler of highlights from Onobox, simply titled Walking on Thin Ice.

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33. In 1994, Yoko Ono produced her own off-Broadway musical entitled New York Rock, which featured Broadway renditions of her songs.

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34. In 2002, Yoko Ono joined the B-52's in New York for their 25th anniversary concerts; she came out for the encore and performed "Rock Lobster" with the band.

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35. Yoko Ono performed at the opening ceremony for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy, Like many of the other performers during the ceremony, she wore white to symbolize the snow of winter.

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36. Yoko Ono's read a free verse poem calling for world peace as an introduction to Peter Gabriel's performance of "Imagine".

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37. On June 26, 2007, Yoko Ono appeared on Larry King Live along with McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Olivia Harrison.

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38. Yoko Ono's headlined the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago on July 14, 2007, performing a full set that mixed music and performance art.

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39. Yoko Ono appeared onstage at Microsoft's June 1, 2009, E3 Expo press conference with Olivia Harrison, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr to promote the Beatles: Rock Band video game, which was universally praised by critics.

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40. On February 18, 2011, Yoko Ono took out a full-page advert in the UK free newspaper Metro for "Imagine Peace 2011".

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41. Yoko Ono's collected the 8th Hiroshima Art Prize for her contributions to art and for peace, that she was awarded the year prior.

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42. On June 29, 2012, Yoko Ono received a lifetime achievement award at the Dublin Biennial.

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43. In February 2013, Yoko Ono accepted the Rainer Hildebrandt Medal at Berlin's Checkpoint Charlie Museum, awarded to her and Lennon for their lifetime of work for peace and human rights.

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44. Yoko Ono's was given a Congressional citation from the Philippines for her monetary aid to the victims of typhoon Pablo, as well as her donation to disaster relief efforts after typhoon Ondoy in 2009 and assistance of Filipino schoolchildren.

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45. On February 26, 2016, Yoko Ono was hospitalized after suffering what was rumored to be a possible stroke.

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46. In October 2018, Yoko Ono released Warzone, which included new versions of previously recorded tracks including "Imagine".

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47. Yoko Ono was a pioneer of conceptual art and performance art.

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48. Yoko Ono's invited and then instructed audience members to join her on stage and cut pieces of her clothing off.

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49. Yoko Ono was an experimental filmmaker who made 16 short films between 1964 and 1972, gaining particular renown for a 1966 Fluxus film called simply No 4, often referred to as Bottoms.

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50. Yoko Ono's acted in an obscure exploitation film in 1965, Satan's Bed.

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51. In 2014 Yoko Ono's Imagine Peace exhibit opened at the Bob Rauschenburg Gallery at Florida SouthWestern State College in Fort Myers, Florida.

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52. Yoko Ono installed a billboard on US Route 41 in Fort Myers to promote the show and peace.

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53. One of two pieces Yoko Ono installed as part of the 2014 Folkestone Triennial, Earth Peace originally consisted of many parts and appeared in many locations and media around Folkestone, including posters, stickers, billboards and badges.

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54. In October 2016, Yoko Ono unveiled her first permanent art installation in the United States; the collection is located in Jackson Park, Chicago and promotes peace.

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55. Yoko Ono was inspired during a visit to the Garden of the Phoenix in 2013 and feels a connection to the city of Chicago.

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56. YES refers to the title of a 1966 sculptural work by Yoko Ono, shown at Indica Gallery, London: viewers climb a ladder to read the word "yes", printed on a small canvas suspended from the ceiling.

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57. Yoko Ono's received a Golden Lion Award for lifetime achievement from the Venice Biennale in 2009.

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58. In 2012, Yoko Ono held a major exhibition of her work To The Light at the Serpentine Galleries, London.

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59. Yoko Ono's was the winner of the 2012 Oskar Kokoschka Prize, Austria's highest award for applied contemporary art.

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60. On Valentine's Day 2003, which was the eve of the Iraqi invasion by the US and UK, Yoko Ono heard about a couple, Andrew and Christine Gale, who were holding a love-in protest in their tiny bedroom in Addingham, West Yorkshire.

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61. Yoko Ono's phoned them and said, "It's good to speak to you.

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62. In 1987, Yoko Ono travelled to Moscow to participate in the "International Forum for a Nuclear-free World and for the Survival of Mankind".

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63. In January 2021 Yoko Ono was one of the founders of The Coda Collection, a service that launched in the US via Amazon Prime Video Channels on February 18, 2021, the day Yoko Ono turned 88.

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64. Yoko Ono added, “John Lennon was always on the cutting edge of music and culture.

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65. Yoko Ono's was blamed for the breakup of the Beatles and repeatedly criticized for her influence over Lennon and his music.

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66. Lennon and Yoko Ono were injured in a car accident in June 1969, partway through recording Abbey Road.

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67. George Harrison got into a shouting match with Lennon after Yoko Ono took one of his chocolate digestive biscuits without asking.

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68. Yoko Ono's credited McCartney with helping save her marriage to John.

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69. Yoko Ono's promoted the exhibition on her website, and Julian and Sean are close.

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