Sunday, September 14, 2003

Go Yoko!

I love Yoko, she's a fabulous, strong, intelligent woman. I have so much respect for what she's done with her life and the way that she has continued the work that she and John Lennon started almost 40 years ago.

Yoko Ono to Go Naked for Peace in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) - John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono could end up stark naked on a Paris stage Monday as she performs her one-woman art show "Cut Piece," in which members of the audience are to cut off pieces of her clothing.

Ono, 70, who accompanied her Beatle husband in numerous controversial anti-war campaigns including the "Bed-In for Peace" against the Vietnam War, first performed her "Cut Piece" show in 1964 in Japan as a protest for peace.

At the end of the show, she stood naked before her audience.

"Come and cut a piece of my clothing wherever you like --- the size of less than a postcard --- and send it to the one you love," the avant-garde artist said in a statement ahead of the performance at Paris' Ranelagh theater.

"When I first performed this work, in 1964, I did it with some anger and turbulence in my heart. This time, I do it with love for you, for me and for the world," she added.

Ono has continued to stage unusual peace campaigns after her husband was shot dead by a deranged fan in December 1980.

Last year, she rented a giant billboard space amid the flashing neon signs of Piccadilly Circus in central London. "Imagine all the people living life in peace," the black-and- white poster read, alluding to Lennon's hit song, "Imagine."

Ahead of the war in Iraq, Ono took out full-page advertisements in major newspapers, conveying the message: "Imagine Peace...Spring 2003."

Peace activists around the world have come to adopt the title track from Lennon's 1971 best-selling solo album as their unofficial anthem.

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