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Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono is with us. She’s got a new book and a career-spanning exhibition in London.

Yoko Ono, a Japanese born artist, musician and widow of Beatle John Lennon, waves as she speaks at a press conference after receiving the Oskar Kokoschka art price for her artistic and political commitment in Vienna, Austria, on Friday, March 2, 2012. (AP)

Yoko Ono, a Japanese born artist, musician and widow of Beatle John Lennon, waves as she speaks at a press conference after receiving the Oskar Kokoschka art price for her artistic and political commitment in Vienna, Austria, on Friday, March 2, 2012. (AP)

Yoko Ono became instantly, globally famous when she appeared at the side of John Lennon at the height of his fame with The Beatles.  The Beatles, Lennon, were epically revered.  Yoko Ono was something new.  They were pop.  She was Dada.  A challengingly conceptual artist.

With a personal history few knew or understood.  Then came life and death – Lennon’s.  Her own remarkable life in art and activism.  Peace activism above all.  At almost 80, Yoko Ono’s still performing, with Sonic Youth and much more.  And still challenging.

This hour, On Point:  a conversation with Yoko Ono.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Yoko Ono, multiple-award-winning artist, musician, author and activist. Her book is An Invisible Flower. “Yoko Ono: To The Light,” a major exhibition of Ono’s work is currently showing at London’s Serpentine Gallery through September.

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From Tom’s Reading List

Bloomberg “Her exhibition “To the Light,” at the Serpentine Gallery in London, will probably attract far more visitors than you might expect for a mini-retrospective by a 79-year-old pioneer of conceptual art.”

The Guardian “As part of the artist’s digital takeover, we asked you to send Yoko Ono your smiles. Here are a selection of the best grins from around the globe uploaded on Twitter this week”

Playlist

“Healing” Yoko Ono / Plastic Ono Band
“Nobody Sees Me Like You Do” Yoko Ono
“Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins” John Lennon and Yoko Ono
“Early In The Morning” Yoko Ono, Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon
“Every Man Has a Woman Who Loves Him” John Lennon and Yoko Ono
“Between My Head And the Sky” Yoko Ono / Plastic Ono Band
“Walking on Thin Ice” Yoko Ono, remixed by Jason Pierce

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