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Mother & Son: Yoko Ono & Sean Lennon

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

DO NOT USE THIS PHOTO EXCEPT FOR SPINNING ON AIR  Sean Lennon and Yoko Ono discuss what songs to play on WNYC's Spinning on Air with David Garland. Sean Lennon and Yoko Ono discuss what songs to play on WNYC's Spinning on Air with David Garland. (Amy Pearl/WNYC)

Yoko Ono is nothing less than a cultural icon. From her early years in New York's artistic avant-garde, to her marriage and collaborations with Beatle John Lennon, to her creative activism promoting peace, Ono has made, and continues to make, a powerful impact on our world. 

Sean Lennon--Ono and John Lennon's son born in 1975--is a creative musician in his own right, and has been performing with and directing his mother's Plastic Ono Band for years. Spinning On Air host/producer David Garland invited Sean to create a playlist of his mother's music, and present it with her on Mother's Day.

In the course of the program, Yoko and Sean tell many interesting stories. They speak intimately about the music, and reminisce about the events that inspired the compositions. Sean reacts to a John Lennon recording he's hearing for the first time. 

The music ranges from the proto-punk intensity of "Why" (1970), which features Ono's unique, startling vocalizations and John Lennon's noise guitar, to the gentle "I'm Going Away Smiling" (2009), for which Sean played the lyrical piano accompaniment.

Yoko Ono is nearing her 80th birthday, and going strong.

 

Comments [8]

April from Manhattan

TURNED THIS ON, NOT KNOWING WHAT IT WAS. THOUGHT SICK OF ROCK, BUT WAS MESMERIZED, STOPPED IN MY TRACKS NOT WATERING PLANTS, TO LISTEN. AMAZING GUITAR. WHEN TOLD IT WAS JOHN AND YOKO I REALIZED WHY. STILL LISTENING BUT WANT AN EMAIL OPTION TO FWD TO FRIENDS WHO DISLIKE FACEBOOK.

May. 12 2013 08:24 PM
Fred from California

I think Yoko is making a joke of Sean Lennon because HE CAN'T SING neither can Yoko, just because he is Johns son doesn’t mean he will have talent

Jul. 16 2012 06:54 PM
Jake

Love those pieces from 'Grapefruit'

May. 20 2012 05:12 PM
Chris

Beautiful interview and wonderful selection of tracks. It's great to see that Sean is obviously so into Yoko's music, rightfully so. It's amazing. I keep hoping for a reissue series of her albums like John's were released recently.

May. 14 2012 09:05 PM
Aleksandra from Macedonia

:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Km1xWyR6ZXs
listen this song from
HENRY TURNER
i hope you will like it
i wait positive answer from you

May. 14 2012 07:28 PM
Christ Devos from Belgium

Thanks !! fantastic music and interview !! loved it !! Happy Mothers Day !!!

May. 13 2012 09:15 PM
jean dawson from chester uk

to the creater, and the creative,I applaud you both xxxxx

May. 13 2012 09:05 PM
Daniele from san francisco

very sweet. loving. fun. creative. amicable. good stuff! thank you. happy mother's day, yoko. <3

May. 13 2012 09:04 PM

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