Yoko Ono says her next book will be a memoir, to be published in 2015.
By Marjorie Kehe
January 7, 2010
Is she really ready to spill the big beans? John Lennon's widow Yoko
Ono told fans in a Q&A that she plans to write the story of her life
within the next five years. After almost 40 years of speculation,
will Beatles fans finally hear a first-hand account of the story of
the dissolution of their favorite band?
It is being reported that Yoko's book will focus "on [Yoko and
John's] intense relationship, the myths surrounding her role in the
Beatles' break-up, the bed-in for peace, Lennon's infamous 'Lost
Weekend' and more."
Five years may seem a long time to wait. Yet today, nearly 30 years
after the death of Lennon, there is no let-up in the wave of interest
in all things Beatles. Just the last few years have brought us
"Across the Universe," Cirque du Soliel's "The Beatles: Love,"
"Beatles: Rock Band," the remastered albums, and another round of
major-venue Paul McCartney concerts - all joyously received. On the
book front, there have been a number of distinguished attempts to
decode the Beatles in recent years, including Bob Spitz's "The
Beatles" (2005), Jonathan Gould's "Can't Buy Me Love" (2007), and
Philip Norman's "John Lennon: The Life" (2008).
Is there really anything new that Oko can tell us? Of course.
Although she has spoken about John before, and not always in a
scintillating fashion (the Guardian pokes fun at her lengthy account
of how he liked his tea), Yoko has never given the world a full
account of their love, their lives together, and perhaps most
desired her own understanding of why the Fab Four finally went
their separate ways. You've heard it from others but that will
never have the weight of hearing it from her.
Will the book really come to pass? That may be the bigger question.
The 76-year-old Ono says that she has long intended to write the book
but the hard part has been finding the time to do so.
What should not be hard will be finding a publisher. There are few
sure bets in the publishing world. But a genuinely revealing memoir
by Yoko Ono would have to be one of them.