Category: yoko ono

John & Yoko, New York 1971, by Ben Ross

John Lennon, by Annie Leibovitz, for the cover of Rolling Stone’s January 21, 1971 issue. “That’s the John that I knew – and I know,” Yoko Ono said. “That’s his spirit coming out.” via Rolling Stone

“When I met Yoko and fell in love, I was just experiencing that thing knowing that ‘My God!’ this is different from anything before this is something other you know, this is well, I don’t know what it is, but this is fine. This is ‘Thank you, thank you, you know.’ It’s more than a hit record. It’s more than gold,. It’s more than everything it’s more than. This is something indescribable!’ ~ John Lennon, 1980 (via freshindependence)

Farmer John! By Yoko, included with John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, which first entered the US charts on January 16, 1971.

John & Yoko, New York City 1972, by Ben Ross 

John & Yoko at Tittenhurst, 1971, by George Konig

John & Yoko’s Xmas card to Joseph Cornell, Dec 23, 1971

John & Yoko at Heathrow, stopping on a trip from Trinidad to Majorca in search of Yoko’s daughter Kyoko, May 1971, by Dennis Stone, my edit of original via vogue 

John Lennon, ear to the ground, New York, 1971, by Iain McMillan.


Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With the Lions

John Lennon & Yoko Ono, 1969

The photo used for the album cover is by Susan Wood, taken in Room No. 1, Second West Ward, Queen Charlotte Hospital, Hammersmith during Yoko’s troubled pregnancy in November 1968, which ended in a miscarriage on November 21.

John had begun his stay with Yoko in a bed next to hers, shown below. When the hospital needed the bed for another patient, John brought in a sleeping bag and stayed on the floor.  The photos here are taken from the CD release, with additional context from Graham Calkin, here. (Tons of great stuff on his site – do click around when you have a chance!)

In the photo below, as well as John’s dirty stockinged feet on the bed, note the photos of the other three Beatles above his head! Those look like Ethan Russell’s portraits included with The White Album, which was in the mixing stages while John was making Unfinished Music, and released during Yoko’s time in the hospital.

There’s so much hype around The Beatles and so much noise around John & Yoko that it’s easy to forget that they were also humans with lives who were just trying to get through the day. These are some of my favorite photos of them.