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.

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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.


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