Yoko Ono performing at Patti Smith's Meltdown Festival at the Royal Albert Hall, London in June 2005.
Mark Mawston recalls, "It’s fascinating to learn that Yoko Ono translates to “Ocean Child”- the exact term that John Lennon used to describe his mother in the track he sang to her memory - Julia from 1968’s White Album. That album cover must have inspired the colour scheme of John & Yoko’s house as seen in the Imagine promo film.
The photo here was one that I took at Patti Smith's Meltdown. We were perched right in front of the stage and the film that was being shown on the screen suddenly became a 3D film as Ono had cut a small, fine slit in the fabric of the screen, and when the projected body on-screen positioned itself in a certain way, she stepped through the cut and the projected body became her own which walked towards us - with a black silk bag covering her head! Not only did I find that she was still into baggism, but that she could sing a mean set. I was astounded. To say this was something one didn’t see every day is an understatement. Talking about things you don’t see every day, the fact that Yoko had a bag over her head meant she really couldn’t see where she was going and because of that she walked straight into the mic stand! At 71, she was the coolest bag lady I’d ever met.
I believe Yoko has this shot in the Dakota building and she kindly signed one for me when we met again at her own Meltdown at the Royal Festival Hall in 2013, where this picture also hangs on the wall of the artist's entrance. I was also asked to talk about the shot in as part of the BBC’s Fierce Woman season for their Yoko Ono special in 2020 and the shot also featured as part The Guardian’s Best Shot photo feature in 2021."
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