Entire books have been written about
the life and times of Yoko Ono, so it is easy to see that
her biography is well behind the scope of the beastiemania.com
Who's Who entry; her path has more than once crossed that
of the Beastie Boys she earns a mention here.
It seems Yoko Ono is household name
of today, yet there was a time in the 1960s where Yoko was
just another artist trying to get her name known. Around
the time that the Beatles were making what later became
known as the White Album (1968), Yoko became the
romantically involved with John Lennon. As fate would have
it, Yoko would later marry John Lennon and become his second
wife. John already had a child from his first marriage,
however in the 1970s Sean Lennon
was born to John and Yoko. In December of 1980, John was
tragically murdered in front of his home in New York, NY.
John Lennon left his estate to Yoko and his musical genius
to his son Sean, who would later release an album on Grand
Pictured here on the left is Yoko
Ono performing live July 6th, 1996 during the free "Summerstage
Concert Series" in Central Park New York, NY. Adam
Yauch played bass for her. Perhaps he was returning
a favor, since Yoko had volunteered to perform at Adam's
first annual Tibetan Freedom Concert (in San Francisco,
CA) the previous month.
Also it is worth mentioning that
the Beastie Boys did the "ABA Remix" of Yoko's
song "Source" on the Rising Mixes album
which was released in March of 1996. If you have ever been
curious about Yoko's solo work, the Rising Mixes
is an excellent place to start.