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Ono and Lennon ruined careers by falling in love.

What happened to revisionist Beatle history?  That’s the first thing that comes to mind in reading this article.  There has been so much care taken to preserve the artistic and activist legacy of John Lennon due to the influence of Yoko Ono.  A lot of stories get whitewashed and run through the Yoko spin machine.  This story just sticks out like a sore thumb.

Their love did impact the course that their careers would take, but I am not sure anything was ruined.  Things were simply put into a weird, skewed, perspective.  I mean a lot of the stuff they did release together is not great.  OK, a lot of it is simply not listenable, but it makes you think.  Their collective material makes you react to it, and ponder what it is and why you are listening to it.   

I look at the Lennon/Ono love story about to passionate, creative people making art and music not for the masses, but for each other, as a reflection and outpouring of their love.  I mean wasn’t John’s solo creative output all about direct self-expression, much of it directed towards Yoko and his passion and love for her?  I don’t really see what is wrong with that. 

This story is just totally peculiar to me. 

Here’s what we’ve read.

Yoko Ono believes her relationship with late Beatle John Lennon ruined their respective careers. Ono, who was held responsible by many Beatles fans for the band’s split in 1970, influenced Lennon into other experimental areas of music, but never intended to distract him from his natural progression.

She says, “In a way, both John and I ruined our careers by getting together, though we weren’t aware of it at the time. “My initial reaction to rock music was, ‘Oh dear, how simple can you get?’ At first I thought John would carry on with The Beatles and I would do my own things, but he felt it wasn’t right that we were working separately, that the union we had might not last, because of the pressure of the world.” Ono and Lennon were married in 1969 and produced several albums together, including Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins. Lennon died in 1980 after being shot by a crazed fan outside his New York apartment.

Source: Contactmusic


One Response

  1. There’s a kernal of truth here, I think. John had a lazy streak and there is no doubt that many of his Beat;es songs benefited from Paul’s work ethic and commercial ear. I don’t think The Beatles in 1972 would have tolerated much of John’s Sometime In New York City output. But there’s a chance we’d never have had the Plastic Ono Band album either.

    Mind you, Paul missed John’s critical ear too, especially in the 1971-1973 period, between Ram and Band On The Run.

    I don’t think Yoko’s career suffered at all. She gained fame and a level of success I don’t think she could ever have achieved without being linked with John. Her art and music might be interesting, but frankly there’s plenty of other artists with more talent and better ideas who never get half the attention that Yoko has had.

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