How NOT to write about music – 17. Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono - Warzone

First. read this most excellent and comprehensive review by Alexis Petridis.

“Warzone is not an album built to convince Ono’s naysayers that they’re wrong: it’s too messy and uneven, and its high points are intimidating and difficult. But what it does is prove that at 85, its creator is still capable of raging away with an undimmed intensity. A slip into genteel retirement looks unlikely.”

Now, have a listen.

Now, you tell me. Was I wrong to put my faith in Yoko all these years?


“We have to round it up now so if there’s anything else you want to talk about. It’s great. Where were you … where were you when I needed you?”
At any given time, the people in power are always the wrong people, as I’m sure you know. The only thing that keeps me going is the fact I know everyone else is wrong.
“It’s like those fish that go upstream.”
“Right, salmon. It’s the energy of going upstream.”
Maybe if people had been supporting you throughout your career, you wouldn’t have felt that energy.
“It’s OK the way that most of my work has circulated. What is in this album, even if it’s hidden, will have some impact in the world. The fact that I made it and finished it and it’s there is important.”
(A conversation with Yoko Ono)


She has also produced what must be the first half-listenable version of The Song I Hate More Than Any Song Ever:

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