As one of the more polarizing figures in popular culture history, Yoko Ono has been a lightning rod for debate and controversy. While she continues to be seen first and foremost as the wife of legendary Beatle, John Lennon, Ono's life and career are … Read more
As one of the more polarizing figures in popular culture history, Yoko Ono has been a lightning rod for debate and controversy. While she continues to be seen first and foremost as the wife of legendary Beatle, John Lennon, Ono's life and career are decidedly interesting in their own right. While early on she suffered disparagement at the hands of the media and public for (unfairly) being the reason behind the Beatles breakup and for the control she was accused of holding over John, Yoko Ono went on to become a renaissance woman of sorts.
During the 1960s, Ono was most known for her avant-garde performance art, art installations, and experimental music. One of her more famous pieces was entitled "Cut Piece," which involved audience members coming onstage to cut pieces away from Ono's garment until she lay naked. Although well regarded in the avant-garde community, Ono's art never resulted in financial or mainstream success during this time.
Yoko Ono met John Lennon in 1966, and the two were married in 1969. Their relationship spawned a series of musical collaborations ranging from the highly experimental Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins in 1968 to more accessible Double Fantasy in 1980. It was not until Lennon's assassination in 1980 that Yoko Ono returned to her solo recording. At this point in her career, Ono's sound shifted from the heavily avant-garde to a more somber sound with Season of Glass to the more pop-inspired sound of It's Alright (I See Rainbows).
In her later life, Yoko Ono's reputation and the public's perception of her have gone through a bit of a makeover. The Beatle breakup backlash has largely subsided; she has been credited with being at the vanguard of the new wave sound of the late '70s and '80s, and she is seen as an undeniable influence in the performance art scene. She is currently known for her work as an author and philanthropist, in which she supports causes such as peace, gay rights, the arts, and AIDS education and outreach.