Yoko Ono gets busy with tons of stuff, and Give Peace a Chance gets remixed.

Yoko Ono has been a really busy woman as of late. 

Last year she prepared two new albums, made a live appearance, debuted a new peace initative, and a tower of light honoring her husband and his efforts for peace.  Most people don’t accomplish all of that in a lifetime.  Here Yoko Ono, has done most of this in less than a year.  Such initiative.

Yoko has a new batch of remixed version of the classic anthem, Give Peace a Chance, and has taken another crack at her acorns for peace initiative, that her and John began all those years ago.  Not too bad for someone who could have retired years ago. 

Here are a recent batch of links to keep up with all the latest news on Ms. Yoko Ono Lennon and all of her varied projects across all mediums.

Here’s what we’ve read.

It’s kind of unfortunate that most people think of Yoko Ono as the woman responsible for breaking up the Beatles. If you appreciate envelope-pushing ladies, you probably know there’s a little more to her than that.

In addition to her far-reaching humanitarian work, Ono has always been fearless about jumping on the cutting edge of art and music production. She’s already released a small handful of electronic dance remix albums, but her most recent release marks a notable music anniversary.

It’s hard to believe it’s been 39 years since Ono joined John Lennon in bed at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal for the historic bed-in for peace. It was there that they teamed up with a bunch of friends and recorded — from their bed — the anthem, “Give Peace a Chance.”

Now, to commemorate the occasion, she’s teamed up with some new friends who know their way around electronic music (such as Tommie Sunshine and Johnny Vicious) to create Give Peace a Chance (The Remixes). Because remixing for peace isn’t enough, Ono’s record company is releasing the singles completely digitally to create less waste and lessen their footprint on the environment.

You can listen to “Give Peace a Chance 08” on Ono’s MySpace page. It sets her inspiring, articulate poetry (“Think peace, act peace, spread peace”) against a driving electronic rhythm mixed with the original chorus of “All we are saying is give peace a chance.” If this is what comes on the 39th anniversary of the bed-in, what can we expect from Ono next year? And, seriously, how much do we love Yoko?

Source: After Ellen


6 Responses

  1. The “Give Peace A Chance Remix 2005” on the “Peace, Love & Truth” album, released exclusively for for the Asian market, was terrible for my taste. I can’t really see the point of messing with such a classic song, but alright, it won’t do any harm to the original, so I don’t mind it too much. Except for the fact, that since I am a Beatles collector, I have to buy the record, even if I don’t like it. But I think Yoko has made some good records, “Seasons of Glass” has some really beautiful, personal and touching songs, and “Fly” and the “Yoko One/Plastic Ono Band” are great avant garde/experimental records. I think she lost her touch as a music maker a little bit, after John Lennon died though. Working with such a great songwriter must have brought out the best in Yoko. And probably vice versa. Without her I don’t think Lennon would have dared to be so avant garde as he became after they met and started to collaborate. The ideas really started to flow. For the both of them.

  2. I like the fact that she is dedicating herself to peace.
    She is a cultural icon, whether through association or in her own right ((I would say that by now she has earned the right to be recognized for who she is and not only for who her husband was) And I think that people with such standing that take a stand over the years make a lot of difference in the world.

  3. J&Y fan, don’t feel like you have to buy *everything* because you’re a collector. Collecting is much more fun if you only buy things you genuinely like and want. Otherwise, you wind up having a bunch of junk that you don’t like.

  4. If nothing else, I salute her stamina and perseverance.

  5. i love Yoko. ive loved Yoko since i was a 12 year old kid in 1968. having said that ive noticed shes losing her edge as youd expect anyone in their mid 70’s to. no shame here. her 100 Acorns project thats running right now is a pale succesor to GRAPEFRUIT. i cant see her involvement in these remixes as more than listening and saying “ok release it”. while i dont object to her recent works (and who am i to anyway???) , its taken on the lustre of the writing of a 14 year old who has just smoked pot for the first time and realises he can hear his watch from across the room. get a copy of FLY and GRAPEFRUIT and enjoy.

  6. Thx for nice article.

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