Yoko Ono has long been misunderstood. Blamed for the Beatles’ breakup and criticized for her influence over husband John Lennon, she has never been accepted outside of avant-garde circles. That may be changing. Last year, New York’s Museum of Modern Art mounted an extensive exhibition of her paintings, drawings, sculptures, films and music. Now everyone from Sonic Youth to Lady Gaga is calling the controversial 83-year-old an influence. A new album of collaborations sees contemporary musicians reinterpreting her music. Alt-rockers Death Cab for Cutie provide new synth backing to Yoko’s “Forgive Me My Love,” while Sweden’s pop-rock trio Peter, Bjorn & John offer dramatic accompaniment to “Mrs. Lennon.” Tune-Yards and Ebony Bones take more experimental approaches to “Warrior Woman” and “No Bed for Beatle John.” One of the best moments comes when John and Yoko’s son, Sean Lennon, serves up a trippy remix of his mother’s “Dogtown.” At last, one of music’s most daring artists is getting her due.
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