Yoko Ono

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Yoko Ono 1969
Yoko Ono 2010
Signature of Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono ( Japanese 小野 洋子 Ono Yōko ; born February 18, 1933 in Tokyo Prefecture , Japan ) is a Japanese-American artist, filmmaker, experimental composer and singer. She is considered one of the most important representatives of the Fluxus movement. Even before her marriage to the Beatle John Lennon , Ono had made a name for herself in artistic circles in the early 1960s and increasingly appeared as a peace and human rights activist.


Yoko Ono was born on February 18, 1933, the first child of Eisuke and Isoko Ono in Tokyo. Isoko's mother came from a wealthy banking family, while Eisuke's father was a former pianist who worked for a Japanese bank in San Francisco . Mother Isoko and Yoko followed their father to America in 1935. After the Japanese attack on China , Isoko, Yoko and brother Keisuke, born in 1936, returned to Japan in 1938, where they lived in luxurious prosperity. Among other things, Yoko attended the Jiyu Gakuen Music School, learned to play the piano and composition, and made his first public appearances as a child.

During the Second World War , the father was called to serve as a soldier in Hanoi . After a devastating air raid on Tokyo, the mother and the now three children fled to the rural hinterland, where Yoko had to look after the siblings. After the war, Ono completed her schooling and began studying philosophy at Gakushūin University . However, she decided in 1952 her family in the United States after Scarsdale ( New York ) to follow. There she continued her studies in the same year and also took music as a subject at Sarah Lawrence College in New York, where she studied classical German song singing, among other things. Ono's first own compositions began around 1955.

In 1956 Ono married the Japanese composer Toshi Ichiyanagi against her parents' opposition .

Artistic work

Painting to Hammer a Nail in (2005) in the Austrian Sculpture Park
Skylanding - Jackson Park, Chicago

Yoko Ono dropped out of college and the couple moved to New York City , where the shared loft became a meeting place and stage for the metropolis' avant-garde art scene. Yoko Ono established herself here as a concept artist and is considered to be a pioneer of the American Fluxus movement. In 1962 Ichiyanagi separated and Ono returned to Japan for two years to do solo exhibitions and performances in Tokyo. In the same year she married the American film producer Anthony Cox , who supported the young artist financially and artistically. Their daughter Kyoko Chan Cox was born on August 8, 1963. In 1964 Ono moved back to New York.

Her most distinctive cross-genre conceptual works of the 1960s include “Wall piece for orchestra” (Yoko Ono continually hit her head on the stage floor to the accompaniment of music, 1962) and “Cut Piece” (the audience was allowed to cut Ono's clothes with scissors at their own discretion, 1964 in Tokyo and Carnegie Hall , New York in 1965 ).

Yoko Ono was a participant in Documenta 5 in Kassel in 1972 in the Individual Mythologies department and was also represented as an artist at Documenta 8 (1987). In 2000 Yoko Ono installed the sculpture "Tajo " in a happening in the Museo Vostell Malpartida by the German Fluxus artist Wolf Vostell . Even before the happening, a picture of Yoko Ono in the Fluxus collection of the Italian Fluxus collector Gino di Maggio was on permanent display in the museum.

Ono and Lennon

Yoko Ono and John Lennon, March 31, 1969

In 1966 the artist was invited to London to perform her "Cut Piece" as part of the "Destruction in Arts Symposium". The performance was followed by an invitation to its own exhibition at the Indica Gallery in London ; John Lennon was also a guest on November 9, 1966 at a preview . Their first meeting was followed by further contacts until they began an affair in May 1968. Both Ono and Lennon sought an immediate divorce from their previous partners. The divorce from Anthony Cox lasted until February 1969. Yoko Ono was granted custody of daughter Kyoko and was able to marry John Lennon on March 20, 1969 in Gibraltar .

John Lennon and Yoko Ono at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel during their "bed-in", 1969

Three avant-garde albums with John Lennon were created in quick succession: Unfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins (November 1968), Unfinished Music No. 2: Life with the Lions (May 1969) and Wedding Album (November 1969). The first joint work by the couple Unfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins caused a sensation, but less because of the avant-garde sound collages and more because of the cover - it showed John Lennon and Yoko Ono naked. Ono's artistic influence was also reflected in the Beatles' White Album . The experimental sound collage Revolution 9 can be found there .

The couple now combined private life with action art. While they were still on their honeymoon , they presented themselves at a press conference in the Hilton Hotel in the Apollobuurt in Amsterdam with pajamas in bed and declared the happening as a bed-in for world peace . At another bed-in at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal in May 1969, they recorded the single Give Peace a Chance . The circumstances of the marriage in Gibraltar and the subsequent bed-ins describes John Lennon in the Beatles song The Ballad of John and Yoko .

Shot of Give Peace A Chance with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, with
Timothy Leary in the foreground

From March 1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono could also be seen together on stages. They formed the Plastic Ono Band , to which Eric Clapton and Klaus Voormann also belonged for a time. The joint live album Live Peace in Toronto 1969 was released in December 1969. Ono's Bagism concept, in which the actors are wrapped in sheets or sacks, was used on stage. Musically, a mixture of rock music and experimental sounds was offered, with Yoko Ono's distinctive singing being very formative. In December 1969, Lennon and Ono organized the poster and poster campaign War Is Over to promote peace. The posters were shown in several major cities around the world, including New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Tokyo, Rome and Berlin. The inscription read: “WAR IS OVER! IF YOU WANT IT Happy Christmas from John & Yoko ”.

Peace campaign poster from 1969

The free and sometimes atonal music frightened many Beatles fans, who attributed the separation of the Beatles in 1970 partly to Lennon's turn to other musical forms, partly to the influence of Yoko Ono. The tabloid press did its part, often sideizing Lennon's former wife, Cynthia Lennon , and promoting criticism of Ono. In an interview on October 29, 2012, Paul McCartney said Yoko Ono was not to blame for the Beatles' breakup.

From April 1970, Yoko Ono and John Lennon underwent primary therapy with Arthur Janov for four weeks in London , followed by four more months in Los Angeles , California , the album Yoko Ono / Plastic Ono Band (December 1970) was influenced by this therapy. The double album Fly followed at the end of 1971 , it contains a mixture of the most varied of compositions, conventional rock songs as well as experimental compositions. Ono continued to participate in numerous Fluxus projects, mostly together with Lennon. In 1971 there was the exhibition This Is Not Here at the Everson Museum in New York. In the same year, Anthony Cox kidnapped their daughter Kyoko, who disappeared until 1998.

In September 1971, John Lennon and Yoko Ono left the UK for New York and checked into the St Regis Hotel , from where they embarked on several artistic projects. By November 1971 the company moved to Greenwich Village at 105 Bank Street. As their first musical project, they recorded the Christmas single Happy Xmas (War Is Over) in October 1971 . Yoko Ono and John Lennon faced various political problems in the United States. As a result, the couple dealt intensively with it and processed these influences in their texts; Finally, the joint album Some Time was recorded in New York City (June 1972), which consists essentially of political statements by the couple. Compared to Ono's first two studio albums, the album Approximately Infinite Universe , released in early 1973, marks a temporary departure from the avant-garde and towards melodic rock and pop music. The lyrics are also much more complex and mainly contain feminist themes, which she musically began with the song Sisters, O Sisters on the album Some Time in New York City .

John Lennon's apartment in the Dakota Building in New York

In February 1973 the Lennons began moving to an apartment in the Dakota Building , West 72nd Street in Central Park , New York, although at that time the problems with the threatened expulsion of John Lennon from the USA had not yet been legally clarified. while Yoko Ono was granted permanent residency in the United States on March 23, 1973. In the early summer of 1973, Yoko Ono produced, for the first time alone, her album Feeling the Space (November 1973), which also contains feminist themes.

From the summer of 1973 to the beginning of February 1975 she temporarily separated from Lennon, during which time Yoko Ono had concerts in New York and in August 1974 went on a tour of Japan. The further album A Story , recorded in 1974, was only released in 1997.

At the end of January / beginning of February 1975, John Lennon moved back together with Yoko Ono in the apartment in the Dakota Building. The son of Yoko Ono and John Lennon, Sean Taro Ono Lennon , was born in New York on October 9, 1975 . According to observers, the child dampened the artistic creativity of the spouses. While Lennon mainly took care of the household, Ono took over Lennon's management, which, due to the lack of new publications, mostly managed the rights to old songs. The couple gave an interview at the Okura Hotel in Tokyo on October 4, 1977 , in which they stated that their current priorities are family life and raising their child and that they will retire from the music business until their son Sean is five .

John Lennon and Yoko Ono, portrayed by Jack Mitchell (1980)

After this five-year hiatus, Yoko Ono and John Lennon began working together on the album Double Fantasy , which was released in November 1980. However, the murder of John Lennon on December 8, 1980 ended the couple's comeback abruptly. Before December 8, 1980, John Lennon and Yoko Ono were in a new creative phase and had several artistic ideas, so they planned to tour for the first time after the completion of the next album Milk and Honey , which was not completed by Yoko Ono until 1983 to go.

After Lennon's death, maintaining his work became one of her most important tasks. For example, Ono released several albums by her late husband.

After 1980

During the marketing phase of the album Double Fantasy , the single Walking on Thin Ice was released in February 1981 , which was the greatest commercial success for Yoko Ono (USA: No. 58, Great Britain: No. 35). In April 1981 she went back to a recording studio and released her most commercially successful album to date, Season of Glass , in June . The album contains several allusions to the death of John Lennon, which sparked controversy, for example on the cover next to a glass of water you can see the blood-smeared glasses of John Lennon, which he wore on the day of his death. The songs Goodbye Sadness , I Don't Know Why and No, No, No refer to the death of John Lennon. No, No, No starts with four shots, Yoko Ono also makes a fictional phone call with John Lennon on the album. I Don't Know Why was composed the day after John Lennon's death. This was followed by the albums It's Alright (I See Rainbows) (December 1982) and Starpeace (November 1985) as well as a commercially disappointing tour in 1986. Yoko Ono musically again withdrew from the public for a long time. Before their last album Starpeace for the time being, the tribute LP Every Man Has a Woman was released in 1984 . In addition to the Yoko Ono composition Every Man Has a Woman Who Loves Him sung by John Lennon, it also includes interpretations of Ono songs by the following artists Harry Nilsson , Roberta Flack and Elvis Costello . Originally John Lennon planned to produce a tribute album for his wife for his 50th birthday. Also in 1984 a documentary entitled Yoko Ono: Then & Now was published, which shows the life of Yoko Ono before and after the death of John Lennon, directed by Barbara Graustark. In 1990 a compilation CD- EP was released in Japan entitled Happy Birthday, John , on which three versions of the John Lennon song Love '90 , sung by Yoko Ono, are. In 1992, two compilation albums were released, the six-CD show Onobox (January 1992) and the best-of album Walking on Thin Ice - Compilation (March 1992). It was not until five years later, in 1997, that Yoko Ono's individual albums, which were originally released between 1968 and 1985, were released on CD by Rykodisc Records.

Yoko Ono 2010

In 1994 the musical New York Rock (May 2015) was produced, which includes Yoko-Ono songs. In January 1995, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the atomic bombing on Hiroshima , Yoko Ono recorded the song Hiroshima Sky Is Always Blue with Sean Lennon , Paul and Linda McCartney and their four children , which was broadcast on Japanese radio and is only available on bootlegs .

Yoko Ono in São Paulo , Brazil (November 2007)

It wasn't until the end of 1995 that Yoko Ono released the new studio album Rising , which was recorded with her son Sean Lennon and two other young musicians. In 1996 tours and the album Rising Mixes (June 1996) followed, which mainly contains remixes of the album Rising . Five years later, at the end of 2001, Ono's album Blueprint for a Sunrise was released , which again contains feminist lyrics. In 2002, her 1971 track Open Your Box was the subject of several remixes by well-known DJs . This was followed in 2003 by remixes of her piece Walking on Thin Ice with well-known musicians. The CD made it to number 1 on the Billboard Dance Charts (as John Lennon once predicted), and the later gay version of Every Man Has a (Wo-) man Who Loves Him also made it to number 1 . In 2004 Ono recorded a new version of Give Peace a Chance with changed text. This was followed by various single releases with remixes, some of which were released on albums in the coming years: Yes, I'm a Witch (February 2007), Open Your Box (April 2007), Onomix (September 2012), Onomix Unmixed (October 2012) and Yes, I'm A Witch Too (February 2016). By 2015, Yoko Ono had a total of eleven number one hits and five other top ten hits in the Billboard dance charts under the artist name ONO .

Yoko Ono 2007

In September 2009, Yoko Ono released the album Between My Head and the Sky under the artist name Yoko Ono / Plastic Ono Band, none of the original band members or studio musicians of the 1970s except Yoko Ono was when the Plastic Ono Band was founded. On February 16, 2010, however, the Plastic Ono Band appeared in the line-up with Eric Clapton , Klaus Voormann and Jim Keltner in the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, the two musicians listed first played with the live album Live Peace in Toronto in 1969 while Jim Keltner was a drummer on several studio recordings of Yoko Ono and John Lennon in the 1970s. This was followed in September 2012 by the experimental album YOKOKIMTHURSTON with Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth . In September 2013, the album Take Me to the Land of Hell was released , which in turn was released under the artist name Yoko Ono / Plastic Ono Band . Between 2011 and 2015, Yoko Ono released a series of vinyl singles documenting her musical studio and live recordings with various artists such as Iggy Pop , RZA and the Flaming Lips . In 2018, when Yoko Ono turned 85, the album Warzone was released in October .

Further work

In the late 1980s, earlier conceptual art ideas were reinterpreted, for example in the exhibition The Bronze Age . In 1990 the exhibition In Facing followed at Riverside Studios in London. In 1997 the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford showed the retrospective Have You Seen the Horizon Lately? . In October 2002 the Japan Society Gallery showed the American retrospective of Ono's complete works under the title YES Yoko Ono in New York.

Yoko Ono 2011

On October 9, 2002, Yoko Ono donated the LennonOno Grant for Peace , a peace prize. In 2003 the Cut Piece was premiered in Paris. In 2004 she took part in the Liverpool Biennial International Art Festival .

In August 2005, Yoko Ono headlined a multimedia show at Arthurfest in Los Angeles . On February 10, 2006, she participated in the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Turin , where she read a message of peace to the world. Her birthday concert (with Sean Lennon, among others) in Paris on February 18, 2006 in the Théâtre du Châtelet , which took place a few days later, was sold out, as had many previous appearances in numerous European cities.

On April 30, 2006, she gave a performance in the Guggenheim Museum in New York on the occasion of Nam June Paik's death . In June 2006, the ballet music The Soundless Music of Yoko Ono was performed in New York. From June to July 2006 there was a solo exhibition in the M3 gallery Gianluca Ranzi in Antwerp . In autumn 2008 the Kunsthalle Bielefeld organized a large retrospective of Ono's conceptual work.

In addition to music and conceptual art, Yoko Ono has drawn attention to herself with political statements since the beginning of her career. She takes a stand on gender relations, is committed to world peace and the recognition of same-sex partnerships. In the US election campaign in 2004 , she took part in campaigns against George W. Bush and for the mobilization of opposition voters. In 2005, she made the rights to use all of John Lennon's solo titles available to the human rights organization Amnesty International for the Make Some Noise project .

International Press Freedom Day 2017

On May 3, 2017 ( International Day of Press Freedom ), a handwritten contribution from her on press freedom appeared on the front pages of many German-language newspapers .

On the front page, which is completely white with the exception of the title of the respective newspaper, only the following four-line text is reproduced in the original font size in small letters in handwriting:

free you

free me

free us

free them

Her initials yo, supplemented by the date may 3, 2017 (both also in handwriting) and the text Yoko Ono for newspapers in Germany, appear as footers .

The otherwise largely white area (it stands for press censorship ) gave the fourfold textual statement related to different people or groups of people, translated as "liberate yourself - liberate me - liberate us - liberate them" the weight otherwise reserved for the front pages . In the editorial section, most newspapers dealt with problems that existed worldwide in the restricted freedom of the press for journalists and readers.


Lennon was murdered in front of the entrance to the Dakota Building in 1980

Yoko Ono still lives in the Dakota Building in New York - the house in front of which John Lennon was murdered in 1980. In contrast to her commitment to humanity, her adamant stance over the release of Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, stands . After he had served his 20-year minimum imprisonment, Ono has regularly asked those responsible since 2000 not to dismiss Chapman because she felt herself endangered, the perpetrator did not deserve a normal life and because violence engenders violence . After 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, Chapman's application for dismissal was rejected at her instigation in August 2018.

References to Ono

Yoko Ono has become an icon of pop history - often viewed critically - that has been addressed or cited by numerous bands. The doctors named a song Yoko Ono , and Rocko Schamoni wrote “I don't think I could live with Yoko Ono”. The punk band ... But Alive played the song I'll call them Yoko Ono . The Hamburg group Tomte sang the Lennon piece Oh Yoko to support Amnesty International's “Make Some Noise” campaign. Tosca released the song Me & Yoko Ono in 2003 . In 2017 , Mark Forster placed the focus on Yoko Ono in a line of text in his play Kogong . The Barenaked Ladies released the song Be My Yoko Ono on their debut album Gordon in 1992 . Furthermore published cover versions of their songs by artists such as Elvis Costello , Roberta Flack , Harry Nilsson , Trio , Rosanne Cash , Eddie Money , Cranes and others.


Yoko Ono reacts very emphatically to attempts to include her or John Lennon's name in brand names or names: For example, she had a Polish beverage manufacturer forbidden by law to sell a lemonade under the John Lemon label ; a Hamburg bar had to give up its name Yoko Mono .


Studio albums

year title Top ranking, total weeks, awardChart placementsChart placements
(Year, title, rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1970 Yoko Ono / Plastic Ono Band - - - - US182 (3 weeks)
First published: December 11, 1970
with Plastic Ono Band
1971 Fly - - - - US199 (2 weeks)
First published: September 20, 1971
with Plastic Ono Band
1973 Approximately Infinite Universe - - - - US193 (4 weeks)
First published: January 8, 1973
with Plastic Ono Band
1981 Season of Glass - - - UK47 (2 weeks)
US49 (9 weeks)
First published: June 8, 1981
1982 It's Alright (I See Rainbows) - - - - US98 (13 weeks)
First published: November 29, 1982

gray hatching : no chart data available for this year

Collaborations with John Lennon

year title Top ranking, total weeks, awardChart placementsChart placements
(Year, title, rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1968 Unfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins - - - - US124 (8 weeks)
First published: November 11, 1968
1969 Unfinished Music No. 2: Life with the Lions - - - - US174 (8 weeks)
First published: May 9, 1969
Wedding album - - - - US178 (3 weeks)
First published: October 20, 1969
Live Peace in Toronto 1969 - - - - US10 (32 weeks)
First published: December 12, 1969
1972 Some Time in New York City - - - UK11 (6 weeks)
US48 (17 weeks)
First published: June 12, 1972
1980 Double fantasy DE2 (44 weeks)
AT1 (30 weeks)
- UK1

(37 weeks)UK
Triple platinum
× 3
Triple platinum

(77 weeks)US
First published: November 17, 1980
1983 Heart Play - unfinished dialogue - - - - US94 (12 weeks)
First published: December 16, 1983
1984 Milk and Honey DE20 (7 weeks)
AT12 (4 weeks)
CH15 (4 weeks)

(13 weeks)UK

(19 weeks)US
First published: January 9, 1984

gray hatching : no chart data available for this year

more publishments


  • 2009: Don't Stop Me! (with Plastic Ono Band)
  • 2011: The Fear Litany / Do It! / Brain of Heaven / Atlas Eets Christmas ( The Flaming Lips with Yoko Ono / The Plastic Ono Band)


  • 1969: ( Give Peace a Chance ) / Remember Love
  • 1969: ( Cold Turkey ) / Don't Worry Kyoko (Mummy's Only Looking for a Hand in the Snow)
  • 1970: ( Instant Karma! ) / Who Has Seen the Wind
  • 1970: (Mother) / Why
  • 1970: (Power to the People) / Open Your Box
  • 1970: (Power to the People) / Touch Me (USA)
  • 1971: Mrs. Lennon / Midsummer New York
  • 1971: ( Happy Xmas (War Is Over) ) / Listen the Snow Is Falling (UK:goldgold)
  • 1972: Mind Train / Listen the Snow Is Falling
  • 1972: ( Woman Is the Nigger of the World ) / Sisters, O Sisters
  • 1972: Now or Never / Move on Fast
  • 1973: Death of Samantha / Yang Yang
  • 1973: Women Power / Men Men Men (USA)
  • 1973: Run Run Run / Men Men Men
  • 1973: Josejoi Banzai (Part 1) / Josejoi Banzai (Part 2) (Japan)
  • 1974: Yume O Motou (Let's Have a Dream) / It Happened (Japan)
  • 1980: (Just Like) Starting Over / Kiss Kiss Kiss
  • 1981: ( Woman ) / Beautiful Boys
  • 1981: Walking on Thin Ice / It Happened
  • 1981: Walking on Thin Ice / It Happened / Hard Times Are Over (12 ″) (USA)
  • 1981: (Watching the Wheels) / Yes I'm Your Angel
  • 1981: No, No, No (Single Version) / Will You Touch Me (USA)
  • 1981: No, No, No / Will You Touch Me / She Get's Down on Her Knees (12 ″) (USA)
  • 1981: Goodbye Sadness / I Don't Know Why (Promo) (USA)
  • 1982: My Man / Let the Tears Dry
  • 1983: Never Say Goodbye / Loneliness (USA)
  • 1983: Never Say Goodbye (Remix) / Loneliness (Remix) (12 ″) (USA)
  • 1983: Nobody Told Me / O Sanity
  • 1984: (Borrowed Time) / Your Hands
  • 1984: (Borrowed Time) / Your Hands / Never Say Goodbye (12 ″) (GB)
  • 1984: (I'm Stepping Out) / Sleepless Night
  • 1984: (I'm Stepping Out) / Sleepless Night / Loneliness (12 ″) (GB)
  • 1985: Hell in Paradise (Remix) / Hell in Paradise (Instrumental)
  • 1985: Hell in Paradise (Club Remix) / Hell in Paradise (Dub Remix) / Hell In Paradise (Single Remix) (12 ″) (USA)
  • 1985: Cape Clear (Vocal Remix) / Cape Clear (Instrumental) / Walking On Thin Ice (Re-Edit) (12 ″) (USA)
  • 1990: Love '90 (Happy Birthday John) EP CD (released in Japan only)
  • 1991: An Xmas Message from Yoko (promo CD single)
  • 2001: (Every Man Has a Woman Who Loves Him (Lennon Version) ) / Every Man Has a Woman Who Loves Him (Ono Version) (7 ″) (Promo) (USA)
  • 2001: Open Your Box (12 ″ remix single)
  • 2002: Kiss Kiss Kiss (remix single, appeared in several formats)
  • 2002: Yang Yang (remix single, appeared in multiple formats)
  • 2003: Walking on Thin Ice (remix single, released in multiple formats)
  • 2003: Will I / Fly (remix single, released in multiple formats)
  • 2004: Hell in Paradise (12 ″ remix single)
  • 2004: Everyman… Everywoman… (remix single, appeared in several formats)
  • 2007: Cambridge 1969/2007 (Remix) / You And I (Remix) (only 12 ″ -Picture-Disc)
  • 2007: Kiss, Kiss, Kiss (Remix) / Everyman Everywoman (Remix) (only 12 ″ -Picture-Disc)
  • 2007: Walking on Thin Ice (Remix) / Toyboat (Remix) (only 12 ″ -Picture-Disc)
  • 2007: You're the One (remix single, download only )
  • 2007: No No No (remix single, download only)
  • 2008: Give Peace a Chance (two remix singles, download only)
  • 2009: Give Peace a Chance (third remix single, download only)
  • 2009: Day of the Sunflowers (We March On) (feat.Basement Jaxx)
  • 2009: I'm Not Getting Enough (remix single, download only)
  • 2010: Give Me Something (remix single, download only)
  • 2010: Wouldnit (I'm a Star) (two remix singles, download only)
  • 2011: Move On Fast (three remix singles, download only)
  • 2011: Talking to the Universe (three remix singles, download only)
  • 2012: She Gets Down on Her Knees (two remix singles, download only)
  • 2012: Early in the Morning (with Kim Gordon & Thurston Moore ) (10 ″ vinyl single)
  • 2012: I'm Moving On (two remix singles, download only)
  • 2013: tUnE-yArDs as YOKO: We're All Water / Warrior Woman (Remix) (10 ″ vinyl single)
  • 2013: Hold Me (feat. Dave Audé ) (two remix singles, download only)
  • 2013: Moonbeams (download only)
  • 2013: Waiting For The D Train (Live) ( Iggy Pop & Yoko Ono / Plastic Ono Band) / I'm Going Away Smiling (Iggy Pop) (10 ″ vinyl single)
  • 2013: Greenfield Morning I Pushed An Empty Baby Carriage All Over The City / Seed Of Joy / Life Is A Struggle (Yoko Ono & RZA ) (10 ″ vinyl single and download)
  • 2013: Walking On Thin Ice 2013 (four remix singles, download only)
  • 2014: Angel (three remix singles, download only)
  • 2015: I Love You, Earth (Antony & Yoko) / I'm Going Away Smiling (Antony) (10 ″ vinyl single and download)
  • 2015: Blink (Yoko Ono & John Zorn) (10 ″ vinyl single and download)
  • 2015: Woman Power (two remix singles, download only)
  • 2015: Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (Yoko Ono & Flaming Lips) / Atlas Eets Christmas (Yoko Ono & Flaming Lips) (7 ″ vinyl single)
  • 2016: Catman (remix single, download only)
  • 2016: Hell In Paradise 2016 (two remix singles)


  • 1962: Ai
  • 1965: Satan's Bed
  • 1966: Fluxfilm No. 9 (eyeblink)
  • 1966: Fluxfilm No. 22 (shout)
  • 1966: Film No. 1 (match)
  • 1966: Film No. 4 (Bottoms)
  • 1968: Two Virgins
  • 1968: Film No. 5 (smile)
  • 1969: Rape
  • 1969: honeymoon
  • 1969: Diaries, Notes and Sketches
  • 1969/1970: Let It Be
  • 1969/1988: Sweet Toronto
  • 1970: Fly
  • 1970: Apotheosis
  • 1970: Freedom
  • 1971: Dynamite Chicken
  • 1971: Up Your Legs Forever
  • 1971: Clock
  • 1971: Erection
  • 1971: Imagine
  • 1972: Please Stand By
  • 1972/1986: John Lennon Live in New York City
  • 1975: Eat Me
  • 1988: Imagine John Lennon
  • 1999: Moonshot - The Spirit of '69
  • 2000: Gimme Some Truth: The Making of John Lennon's Imagine Album
  • 2000: The Beatles Revolution
  • 2001: The Real Yoko Ono
  • 2001: Kiss My Grits - The Herstory of Women in Punk and Hardrock
  • 2011: My Hometown
  • 2018: Isle of Dogs - Ataris Reise ( Isle of Dogs , voice)

Special exhibitions


Yoko Ono, awarded the Oskar Kokoschka Prize 2012


Primary literature

  • Yoko Ono: grapefruit . Wunternaum Press, Tokyo 1964.
  • Yoko Ono: grapefruit. A Book of Instructions and Drawings. 2nd Edition. Simon & Schuster, New York 1970; New edition: Simon & Schuster, New York 2000, ISBN 0-7432-0110-8 .
    • German: grapefruit. A book full of important things . Selection. Translated from the English by Herbert Feuerstein . Bärmeier & Nikel, Frankfurt am Main 1970.
  • Yoko Ono: Sphere-9 . Palma 1995, ISBN 84-89034-19-2 .
  • Yoko Ono: Instruction Paintings . New York 1995, ISBN 0-8348-0348-8 .
  • Yoko Ono: Have You Seen The Horizon Lately . Oxford 1997, ISBN 1-901352-02-1 .
  • Yoko Ono: Spare Room . New York 2003.
  • Yoko Ono: Odyssey of a Cockroach . New York 2004, ISBN 978-0-9753243-1-8 .
  • Yōko Ono: Imagine Yoko . Bakhall, Lund 2005, ISBN 91-7742-236-8 .
  • Yoko Ono: Horizontal Memories . Oslo 2006, ISBN 82-91430-44-6 .
  • Yoko Ono: Between The Sky And My Head . Walther König, Cologne 2008, ISBN 978-3-86560-531-3 .
  • Yoko Ono: Acorn . OR Books, New York / London 2013.

Secondary literature

  • Nicola Bardola: Yoko Ono. The biography . Ed .: Yōko Ono. LangenMüller, Munich 2012, ISBN 978-3-7844-3300-4 .
  • Katrin Berndt: Yoko Ono - In Her Own Write: Your musical work and the influence of John Lennon . Tectum-Verlag, Marburg 1999, ISBN 3-8288-8021-5 .
  • Alan Clayson: Woman - The Incredible Life Of Yoko Ono . New Malden, 2004, ISBN 1-84240-220-X .
  • Barbara Haskell, John G. Hanhardt: Yoko Ono, arias, and objects . Layton, 1991, ISBN 0-87905-386-0 .
  • Jerry Hopkins: Yoko Ono . London 1987, ISBN 0-283-99521-1 .
  • Klaus Hübner: Yoko Ono: “Life on thin ice” . Econ-und-List-Taschenbuch-Verlag, Munich 1999, ISBN 3-612-26604-7 .
  • Angeli Janhsen : Yoko Ono . In: New Art as a Catalyst . Reimer, Berlin 2012, ISBN 978-3-496-01459-1 , pp. 66-71 .
  • Nick Johnstone (Ed.): Yoko Ono talking . Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf, Berlin 2008, ISBN 978-3-89602-825-9 (licensed edition).
  • Chip Madinger, Mark Easter: Eight arms to hold you: the solo Beatles compendium . 44.1 Productions, 2000, ISBN 0-615-11724-4 , pp. 36-40 . (Pp. 36-40).
  • Ingrid Pfeiffer, Max Hollein (Eds.): Yoko Ono. Half-A-Wind Show. A retrospective . Prestel, Munich 2013, ISBN 978-3-7913-5282-4 .
  • Neville Stannard: Working class heroes: the history of the Beatles' solo recordings . ISBN 0-907080-92-8 .
  • James Woodall: John Lennon and Yoko Ono: two rebels - one pop legend . 1st edition. Rowohlt Berlin, Berlin 1997, ISBN 3-87134-315-3 .

Web links

Commons : Yoko Ono  - collection of images, videos and audio files


  • Jutta Person: In the interview: Yoko Ono: Everything has to go . In: sueddeutsche.de . October 9, 2010, ISSN  0174-4917 ( sueddeutsche.de ).
  • Chanting for Liberation . A conversation about the Hare Krsna mantra between Srila Prabhupada and John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and George Harrison. Montreal Star, June 1969 (interview in English).

Individual evidence

  1. Museo Vostell Marpartida - History. Retrieved June 15, 2020 .
  2. Museo Vostell Marpartida - Fluxus Collection Gino di Maggio. Retrieved June 15, 2020 .
  3. MSN Entertainment - Stars, Royals, Music, Cinema & TV. In: msn.com. Unterhaltung.de.msn.com, accessed on March 22, 2016 .
  4. aiu: a yoko ono website. every man has a woman. 1984. (No longer available online.) In: aiu.net. www.aiu.net, archived from the original on December 17, 2015 ; accessed on March 22, 2016 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.aiu.net
  5. Video: Yoko Ono: Then & Now
  6. Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Motoharu Sano, Haruomi Hosono, Eiki Nonaka - Happy Birthday, John: John Lennon 50th Birthday. In: discogs.com. Discogs, accessed March 22, 2016 .
  7. Yoko Ono | Awards | AllMusic. In: allmusic.com. AllMusic, accessed March 22, 2016 .
  8. BAM! by Yoko Ono: We Are Plastic Ono Band: Yoko + incredible special guests: Brooklyn Academy of Music, NY Feb. 16 In: imaginepeace.com. IMAGINE PEACE, accessed March 22, 2016 (American English).
  9. for example as with horizont.net
  10. ^ Image of a title page (Christian-Longardt in his leading article on freedom of the press at kn-online.de)
  11. ^ Yoko Ono: My fears . In: BBC . October 3, 2000 ( co.uk ).
  12. independent.co.uk: John Lennon's killer Mark David Chapman denied parole for tenth time
  13. a b Chart sources: DE AT CH UK US
  14. Music Sales Awards: UK US
  15. Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa | Yoko Ono. In: guggenheim-bilbao.es. yokoono.guggenheim-bilbao.es, accessed on March 22, 2016 .
  16. Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971 | MoMA. In: moma.org. The Museum of Modern Art, accessed March 22, 2016 .
  17. ^ LVZ: Exhibition opening without Yoko Ono. Retrieved April 4, 2019 .
  18. Kokoschka Prize goes to Yoko Ono. In : wirtschaftsblatt.at. Wirtschaftsblatt.at, archived from the original on January 14, 2013 ; accessed on March 22, 2016 .
  19. ^ Yoko Ono made to Honorary Citizen of Reykjavík, Iceland. In: imaginepeace.com. IMAGINE PEACE, accessed March 22, 2016 (American English).