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Yoko Ono Drops In On SXSW

Written by Barnaby Smith on March 21, 2011

On her first ever visit to SXSW in Austin, Texas, Yoko Ono has been reminiscing about her illustrious life, and suggesting that John Lennon would have been an enthusiastic user of Twitter.

When asked if the deceased Beatle would use Twitter, she said “of course he would. He would be very excited about the computer age and what we could do.”

Ono was also asked why it took so long to release the Beatles’ back catalogue on iTunes, to which she responded with, “there are many reasons for it but this is just the right time.”

Ono waxed lyrical over memories with John, including the recording of the song Walking On Thin Ice, which was recorded just hours before Lennon was shot dead by Mark Chapman in New York on December 8, 1980. “Right after we finished recording Walking On Thin Ice John said it was a number one,” she said. The song was Yoko’s first hit.

Speaking of last year’s release of the stripped-down version of Double Fantasy, she mused, “A lot of bands are doing it now. In the 80s you made a grand, grand sound. John had a great voice. You don’t have to hide his voice. Now when you strip down everything you hear his voice is incredible.”

The 78-year-old’s debut at SXSW centres largely around supporting her son Sean, who hosted a showcase concert for his own label Chimera Records, at the weekend. Ono performed that night, as did Sean’s new project, The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger.

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