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YOKO ONO-"GREENFIELD MORNING (I Pushed a Baby Carriage...)"

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Uploaded on Feb 28, 2007

Yoko did everything first. Before Bowie and Eno, before Punk, before you even. (1970)

Yoko was a famous conceptual artist with the Fluxus group, before the Beatles were known. She regularly challenged perceptions about femininity and the world around us. She made experimental films, wrote concept books, had gallery showings internationally, and met John. With him, she explored noise rock, extreme scales, electronic soundscapes, cut-up collage albums made from samples, piano confessionals, beautiful pop, punk grrl, Feminist politics, ethereal and edgy songs, terse synth, funky rave-ups, reggae dub... in short, every style there is. All by 1975, no less.

The Rock press, a recent invention itself at the time, thought Women In Rock meant either groupies or Joni Mitchell. Period. A Japanese woman making extremely smart art while championing Feminism and radical causes freaked the hell out of them. Ignoring the range of her work, they typecast her with the tired old stereotype: 'shrill, broke up the boys, gold-digger'. This hand-me-down hate persists to this day. It is regularly mouthed by folks who actually know none of her work.

Meanwhile, on the real side, she is a prime inspiration for new geniuses. The X-Ray Spex, B-52's, Lene Lovich and Nina Hagen, Sonic Youth, many PostPunks, Shonen Knife, Public Enemy, Sinead, the Beasties, Diamand Galas, Courtney Love, Kathleen Hannah, Bjork, Cibl Matto, and Sub-Division give her gratitude. DJs have remixed her as chart-toppers this whole decade.

A new album out now, "Yes, I'm a Witch", features acolytes covering her: Peaches, Flaming Lips, Le Tigre, Hank Shocklee of PE, Cat Power, DJ Spooky. Act like you know...

Check out where it started with this song from 1970's "Plastic Ono Band", called "Greenfield Morning I Pushed An Empty Baby Carriage All Over the City":
Yoko Ono, eerie chorals
John Lennon, guitars
Klaus Voorman, bass
Ringo Starr, drums

For a huge Herstory of women in rock, check out the Playlists page on my Channel!

Tym Stevens

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