Thursday, 18 February 2010

18 February 1933: Yoko Ono is born

Yoko Ono, artist, author, peace activist and of course widow of John Lennon was born on 18 February 1933 in Tokyo. Her parents come from a line of bankers and she is a descendant of a Japanese Emperor.

According to most musical historians, Yoko Ono first met John Lennon at the Indica Gallery in London, where she was preparing her conceptual art exhibit. John was still married to Cynthia at that time, but while she was on holiday in Greece he invited Yoko to stay with him.

They got married in Gibraltar (for the whole story just listen to "The Ballad of John & Yoko" on 20 March 1969 and spent their honeymoon in the Amsterdam Hilton where the whole world press was invited to grow their hair for peace :)

Yoko Ono has always been treated unfairly by both public and press. She was blamed for the breakup of the Beatles and for influencing John Lennon too much.

the picture is by Marcela Cataldi Cipolla and is published here under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

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