Thursday, February 17, 2005

The Yoko Ono Piano Drop

Yoko Ono: Artist, Caterwauler
Happy Birthday Yoko!
Back in 1970, as the Beatles threw in the towel, it was fashionable to blame the break-up on the “evil influence” of John Lennon’s 37 y.o. wife, Japanese conceptual artist Yoko Ono. It’s unknown what power Yoko had over the men of the 1960s avant-garde, but she must have been some sorta super-femme fatale. She influenced her second husband, jazz musician/film producer Tony Cox to make a two-hour movie of nothing but dozens of bare asses. She somehow persuaded third husband John Lennon to pose nude with her on the cover of the pair’s unbearable 1969 Two Virgins album (frightening music, even more frightening cover art; ugh), and then there’s this:
The Yoko Ono Piano Drop
Al Hansen: Artist, Piano-Dropper
During the 1960s, Al Hansen (uncle of the pop singer Beck) was among the leading members of the so-called Fluxus art movement, a dadaesque precursor to Conceptual Art whose members (Yoko Ono among them) espoused an iconoclastic ideology and specialized in "happenings," interactive performances, and the use of video and found objects. During one such happening, Hansen decided to push a piano off the top of a tall building, a piece of performance art which he later called Yoko Ono Piano Drop. See, Irish Times, November 19, 1999


At 8:58 PM, Blogger bettiefan said...

"Two Virgins" sucks but have you heard any other Lennon/Ono music? Try "Life With The Lions" EEEWWWWW!!!


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