At a press conference in
New York City, Yoko Ono told stunned reporters of how John Lennon
is alive and well and living as a recluse "somewhere in the
The ex-Beatle's "murder" outside the Dakota building
in 1980 was a conceptual art piece planned by Yoko and John in a
bid to bring about world peace. "We had been looking at new
ways to say war is over. John thought it would be interesting to
stage his own death and that the inevitable sadness which would
follow could bring change, could bring peace to the people. Grief
was our canvas, bullets our paint."
Famously, Ono and Lennon's 1969 Bed-In for Peace failed to produce
peace. It took many years for the couple to hit on a new idea to
bring peace. Says Ono, "We'd thought about a Drive-In, a Golf-In,
a Swiming With Dolphins-In and then we came up with the Dakota idea.
Whenever there is a great tragedy, there is a desire from people
that such a thing must never happen again. I felt we could tap into
this feeling by having John shot".
Quizzed about the "shooter", Mark Chapman, Ono explained,
"Mark was heavily influenced by the New Nihilist-Dada Movement,
and by Andy Warhol. He agreed that for him to go to jail for the
rest of his life would be the ultimate artistic expression. A coup
Incredibly, Lennon has been writing and recording songs since 1988
using a variety of aliases. Ono told reporters that even the other
musicians on the sessions did not know that they were working with
Lennon. "He was always in heavy disguise. There was one recording
session in London around 1995 when John was fearful that Noel Gallagher
had recognised him, but he hadn't."
Ono claims that Lennon got "totally into" the British
rave scene of the early 90's and had two massive club hits in
1993 under the name Jagga (this a dismissive reference to the
Rolling Stones frontman).
In a good place
Ono refused to say where Lennon was living, stating only
that he was in a good place and happy to be out of the public
eye. As to the timing of the shock announcement, Ono claimed that
time itself is art and that art is an expression of time.
George Martin (famed Beatles producer)
"This would be just like John. I wish him happiness in this
chapter of his life".
"I've told you before - don't contact me, don't speak to
me, don't send me any fan mail. I never liked him anyway after
that thing he said about Paul being a better drummer. Peace."
"I knew it was him. I f****** knew it."
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