Thirty years ago on December 8, John Lennon was killed outside his home in New York City. In the January 2011 issue of Esquire — the “Meaning of Life” issue — Yoko Ono, his widower, reveals what she’s learned since his murder.
She opens up about John’s “negativity,” her friend Jackie O, her son Sean being biracial, and even her experience of widowhood, telling Esquire, “I started to see what a test it is to be a widow in this society.” After the jump, five things from her Esquire interview that you may not know about Yoko Ono. Keep reading »
In honor of the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s death, Rolling Stone has released his final interview, which took place just a few days before he was murdered on December 8, 1980. The interviewer, Jonathan Cott, never transcribed the tapes in the wake of John Lennon’s murder, and they remained in his closet for 30 years, until now. After the jump, some of the best quotes from John Lennon’s final interview—haunting, prolific, and inspiring. Keep reading »
The thing I remember most about my lame boyfriend from sophomore year of college was his seething hatred of Yoko Ono. According to my ex, the Beatles were the most brilliant band in the world and they only broke up because some hussy brainwashed John Lennon. I just ignored that quirk in his personality at the time. Eventually, though, I realized the Frothing At The Mouth To Blame Yoko For Everything Wrong In The World bandwagon is cuh-razy! (Read Can’t Buy Me Love by Jonathan Gould if you don’t believe me.) Keep reading »
I spent my Christmas vacation in Dublin. After too much Guinness and too many hurricane-like rainstorms, my friends and I decided to duck into the Irish Film Institute
to get warm and dry. It turned out to be a fantastic decision. Right as we slogged in, the film “Nowhere Boy” was about to begin. We grabbed some hot chocolate (they actually served real
hot chocolate at the theater!) and took our seats. I knew nothing whatsoever about the film—I had never even heard about it before that moment. As it turned out, “Nowhere Boy”—which has not been released yet in the States—is the first film by avant-garde artist Sam Taylor-Wood. It’s a historical account of John Lennon’s late teenage years in Merseyside. Sure, I consider myself a Beatles fan. But about two seconds into the film, I became a huge fan of someone else—Aaron Johnson, the 19-year-old actor who plays John Lennon in the film. I’m not usually the type to get pervy crushes on young boys, but his hotness was off the Richter. I just couldn’t help myself. I think I actually drooled. Where the hell has he been hiding out? Keep reading »