|John Lennon with his wife Yoko Ono|
|Wachtel on the Arts,CBC Radio|
Yoko Ono has long been a controversial, iconic figure. The widow of John Lennon is known for her avant-garde art and music, for her philanthropy and for her activism, and today is regarded as a multi-media innovator. At 80, she remains an adventurous and committed conceptual artist and musician, respected and celebrated internationally.
In a rare interview, she speaks with Eleanor Wachtel about her traditional, privileged upbringing in Japan, harshly interrupted by World War II; the experiences of that time that formed her world view; and the spirit of creative experimentation that informs her work in all its variety. The program features some of Ono’s latest musical collaborations, as well a critical appreciation of her work by Alexandra Munroe, Asian art curator at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
Tune in to Wachtel on the Arts on Ideas, Tuesday at 9 p.m., 9:30 in Newfoundland.
"The Ballad of John and Yoko" is a song released by The Beatles as a single in May 1969. Primarily written by John Lennon, the song was attributed, as was the custom, to the Lennon/McCartney songwriting team.
It chronicled the events surrounding Lennon's marriage to Yoko Ono and their subsequent activities together, including their famous first Bed-In in the Amsterdam Hilton, and demonstration of bagism. It was released while the couple were in the middle of their second Bed-In in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.