Love Story: Yoko Ono and John Lennon
It is undeniable that John Lennon and Yoko Ono had a vivid and epic love story. But their union also suffered from the constantly accompanying contradictions and opinions of friends, family members and strangers.
John and Yoko met in November 1966 in a London gallery. It was preparing for the exhibition. The eccentric Japanese-American artist, who loved to experiment and had a special sense of humor, immediately impressed Lennon. In turn, at the time of the meeting, Yoko had no idea who John was and was not impressed with his fame, although The Beatles were already international superstars.
Their relationship developed rapidly. Yoko asked John to fund one of her upcoming art shows. John invited Yoko to his house to make music while his wife was on vacation. While Cynthia was in Greece, he and Ono recorded an album of experimental sounds. After its completion, their romance flared up completely. John told The Rolling Stone in an interview: “It was midnight when we started Two Virgins, when we finished, there was dawn, and then we made love at dawn. This was very beautiful".
Lennon eventually divorced his wife, and Yoko soon became pregnant, but lost her baby due to a miscarriage. A little less than three years after they met, the couple legalized their relationship on March 20, 1969. In the classic style of the 1960s, Ono married in a miniskirt and hat, while Lennon chose a jacket, turtleneck and cord pants – both in total look white.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono were inseparable, he mentioned her in many of his songs – from Don’t Let Me Down to The Ballad Of John and Yoko. The video for the latter, by the way, documented their wedding and honeymoon. To The Rolling Stone, Lennon also said that if people want to know the story of his love with Yoko, they just need to listen to the ballad. This song also points to another major event in their life together: the “In Bed for Peace” protest, which began March 25, 1969 in the Presidential Suite at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam. Confident that the press would be teeming with news of their marriage, Lennon and Yoko decided to use this attention to express their oppositional views on the Vietnam War.
In general, John and Yoko made several albums together, created many films, artworks and performances together. Being deeply involved in each other's affairs, John conducted rehearsals with Yoko in recording studios, shot video clips and even on stage, which caused a conflict with other members of the group.
A year after the wedding, Yoko and John The Beatles shocked the world with news of the band's breakup. Fans quickly blamed Yoko for what happened. But in fact, in 1970, the Beatles manager Brian Epstein died. His death was difficult for all the participants to experience, tension grew between them, which caused their break.
By 1973, Yoko decided that she and John needed to take a break. She left for New York, and Lennon established a relationship with assistant Yoko May Pang, whom he had met for a year and a half, until he made peace with Ono. John and Yoko reunited in 1975, and later that year, It gave birth to a son, Sean Lennon, who was born on John's birthday.
It and Lennon continued to work together in a number of different projects, including making music. They were together for 11 years before the tragic assassination of John in 1980.
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