Spinner.com conducted a great interview with Yoko Ono, the visionary artist/experimental singer who was famously married to John Lennon.
As we posted before, she held a star-studded Japanese benefit concert in New York a few weeks ago, which brought out artists like Sonic Youth, Mike Patton, and her son Sean Lennon.
The Spinner interview discusses how Ono has dealt with the devastation in Japan on a personal basis, as well as a ton of other topics. This exchange in particular stood out to me:
Spinner: It seems that over the past couple of years you’ve finally managed to shed your public stigma and turned the focus back to your work as both an artist and a musician.
Ono: I always thought that I was an important musician. If you don’t have that confidence, why would you go on and do it? People accuse artists of being narcissists — of course we are! If we don’t like ourselves, who’s going to like us? No one in the world liked me, everybody hated me, but still I went on. How about that?
She’s definitely an honest type of person, which is admirable. Read the rest of the interview here.
A clip of the benefit show in NYC, showing Ono performing a song with Sonic Youth members Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, plays below. Check it out, it’s pretty awesome.