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Friday, September 28, 2012

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Leave Yoko Alone!


Seth Colter Walls offers up a heartfelt defense of Yoko Ono as a musician in Slate.

Also, this song is beautiful and I played it at my wedding BUT am I putting Yoko on the creative backburner AGAIN by playing a John Lennon song? Makes you think. What about "The Ballad of John and Yoko" OH NO IT KEEPS HAPPENING. Also, if you listen to the end of the video they shriek each other's names for about a minute.



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bluebears

Oh I actually love her music. Everyone should give it a try. I think she's brilliant. I honestly think if she'd never gotten together with John Lennon she'd actually be a lot more well respected musically. Which is sad.

Onymous

@bluebears I downloaded a bunch of her albums half a dozen years back and really enjoyed it and thought it sounded right at home with the indie scene at the time.

OhMarie

Oh man, Paul and Linda never had a chance in the crazier sex competition.

PatatasBravas

How about the Eric-Pattie-George love triangle? Could be some excellent angsty wild sexing in there.

baked bean

@PatatasBravas Aw man I'm obsessed with that triangle.
Did you know George had an affair with Ringo's wife, Maureen, and that caused a lot of drama as well? Pattie and Maureen were friends and Pattie kind of hated her after that, even though George was sleeping with errbody. And Ringo was super crushed :( I always thought Ringo seemed like the best good guy.

PatatasBravas

Yep. The snotty, unexplained dismissal of Yoko as a creative agent and real person in the real world ("She broke up the band!" or "She's only famous because of her attachment to Lennon, she'd never make it on her own!") seems to me to be rampant misogyny. Bleh. It makes me sad and angry to see random women singled out for heaping hate.

Like it suddenly became cool to hate K Stew after Twilight, and it suddenly became cool to hate Yoko, and it suddenly became cool to hate... oh! Melissa McEwan defended Zooey Deschanel from the suddenlycooltohate effect yesterday.

Hammitt

@PatatasBravas I agree on all this!

Except. Okay, except K Stew. I didn't like her *before* Twilight either. If I never liked her, is it okay to just not like her? I wish she had expressions.

vunder

@PatatasBravas Yes, misogyny and possibly a little bit of racism in Yoko's case? My friend used to say that Yoko didn't break up The Beatles, she saved John from Paul.

baked bean

@vunder I always wondered if it was racism too. I never got the hate for her. She seems like a lovely person, and John loved her, what's so bad about that?

PatatasBravas

@Hammitt I mean, of course it's okay to not like someone! It is a basic human right to like some people and not others. I thrive on that kind of considered discrimination :)

I just root really hard for K Stew. (Melis is her far more vocal partisan, you may have noticed... Also AHP gave her a shoutout as this generation's Garbo!) Also I can't wait for On The Road. She is going to EXPRESS EVERYTHING with her EXPRESSIVE FACE. Even though the book is problematic and overwrought, I can't fucking wait!

GO KSTEW GO.

hands_down

Just wanted to say that I always thought it was pretty awesome that John and Paul married two talented, creative ladies with their own lives as artists. Not very common in the rock star wife world.

lisma

The Best Song!

Diana

Back in 2007, I flew out to Chicago to stay with a friend and attend Pitchfork Festival. For those who haven't been, at least back then, it is just the hippest, snottiest festival put together by Pitchfork Media that you can imagine. It was also the best festival I've ever attended, as somebody who fucking hates outdoor music festivals. There was free ice cold water handed out to everybody all the time, the food was reasonably priced fare from local restaurants, and the music included industry legends playing their most famous albums start to finish. Throughout the weekend, as you'd expect from this kind of festival, there was a bunch of weird shit that you didn't understand - experimental, deliberately discordant music. The audience was really into it, and I heard a lot of words like "challenging" or "innovative" get thrown around. It wasn't my thing, but it was clearly theirs, and it was great to see those bands get an admiring audience for what was certainly not mainstream music.

Then, on the last night of the festival, the headline act was Yoko Ono. She came onstage and began to let out these amazing caterwauling noises. She passed out little light-up flashlight keychains to everybody in the audience to let them flash morse code messages like "I LOVE YOU" to the stage. And after three days of avant-garde, challenging music, I finally saw the hip music fiends give up. "I...just don't get it." they said, shrugging their shoulders. "Huh." And I love her for it. Yoko Ono broke the hardest, toughest hipsters the country had to offer. Bless her.

On a related note, when I was about 12 my mom took me to see an exhibition of her art at SF MOMA and it was whimsical and extraordinary. Above all, it was very accessible to people like me who don't normally appreciate performance or installation art. To date, it is still my favorite show I've ever seen at SF MOMA. It's ironic that somebody famous for making such inaccessible music makes genuinely crowd-pleasing, poignant artwork that goes criminally underrated.

hollysh

What about, "YES, I AM A WITCH"???? The best response to every stupid thing anyone says to you, ever.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qN04PqZbag

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