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Reaching Out with No Hands: Reconsidering Yoko Ono [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Carver
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(Book). John Lennon once described her as "the world's most famous unknown artist: everybody knows her name, but nobody knows what she does." Many people are aware of her art, and her music has always split crowds, from her caterwauling earliest work to her later dance numbers, but how many people have looked at Yoko Ono's decades-spanning career and varied work in total and asked the simple question, "Is it any good?" From her earliest work with the Fluxus group and especially her relationship with John Cage, through her enigmatic pop happenings (where she met John Lennon), her experimental films, cryptic books, conceptual art, and her long recording career that has vacillated between avant-garde noise and proto-new wave, earning the admiration of other artists while generally confusing the public at large who often sees her only in the role of the widow Lennon, Reaching Out with No Hands is the first serious, critical, wide-ranging look at Yoko Ono the artist and musician. A must-read for art and music fans interested in going beyond the stereotyped observations of Yoko as a Lennon hanger-on or inconsequential avant noisemaker.


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Lisa Carver s prose is the best kind: it reminds you of all the things you know but don t have the words for, and yet still feels completely new. This is a brave work unlike any other I have read. Rachel Sherman, author of Living Room and The First Hurt --Rachel Sherman, author of Living Room and The First Hurt

More than a biography, this book is a brilliant and marathon reckoning with Yoko Ono s work and its impact across generations. Assessing Ono s prolific career on its own terms, Carver reaches deep into the culture itself and our bone-deep aversion to paradox, freedom, and change. As Carver observes, Yoko is like LSD. Except an acid trip lasts maybe twelve hours. Yoko goes on and on. Reading Lisa Carver is always one of the greatest pleasures. She s brilliant of course, but more important, she never stops seeking and telling the truth. Chris Kraus, author of Aliens and Anorexia, I Love Dick, Torpor, Where Art Belongs, and Summer of Hate --Chris Kraus, author of Aliens and Anorexia, I Love Dick, Torpor, Where Art Belongs, and Summer of Hate

Lisa Carver can reveal surprising depths in Duran Duran lyrics, so imagine what she can do with a subject as rich as Yoko Ono. This book is a searching, brave, weird, great, historically broad, and highly personal interpretation of one of the most confounding artists of the last sixty years. Zoe Zolbrod, author of Currency and contributor to The Rumpus and The Nervous Breakdown --Zoe Zolbrod, author of Currency and contributor to The Rumpus and The Nervous Breakdown

What the book expertly lays bare is that Ono has had, and still gets, a particularly tough ride from the general public, and whilst she still occasionally does shoot herself in the foot it's really about time that the world cut her some slack. --Total Music Book Reviews

Lisa Carver can reveal surprising depths in Duran Duran lyrics, so imagine what she can do with a subject as rich as Yoko Ono. This book is a searching, brave, weird, great, historically broad, and highly personal interpretation of one of the most confounding artists of the last sixty years. Zoe Zolbrod, author of Currency and contributor to The Rumpus and The Nervous Breakdown --Zoe Zolbrod, author of Currency and contributor to The Rumpus and The Nervous Breakdown

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  • File Size: 236 KB
  • Print Length: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books (August 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009PADZC6
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Personal, Beautiful, Timeless September 29, 2012
Format:Hardcover
Lisa Carver's astonishingly personal and original REACHING OUT WITH NO HANDS: RECONSIDERING YOKO ONO is one of those rare jewels that somehow snuck through the cracks of a cynical publishing world -- It is not a biography or a monograph, more like an extended thought piece or series of reflections on a woman whose career and art are unfortunately much maligned as is she (for somehow, apocryphally, being the catalyst for the Beatles demise), and were in much need of a fresh look. Every page of this small but vibrant volume is a joy, whether Carver is ruminating on Yoko's art or music or her role as mother or widow, she never fails to find a piece of her own heart to bring to the story. Where others might have failed with this approach, taking the subject too personally, Carver achieves a sort of freedom and turns what could have been an academic exercise into an emotionally charged but exquisitely intellectual adventure. An unexpected, transcendent pleasure. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You don't know what you think you know about Yoko... November 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The average person thinks that she is "that Japanese woman who married Beatle John," or worse, a demon that offends the eyes and ears. Lisa Carver shows Yoko as she is - one of the most radical (in the best way) artists of all time. To know Yoko's work will blow away your assumptions about that art "is for" - and for that matter, what life is for. Time to pick some "Grapefruit."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Anything Lisa writes is worth reading. Her new book on Yoko is highly personal yet very insightful. Most people in the western world who know Yoko only via her music and as "John Lennon's wife who broke up the Beatles", and MAYBE her book Grapefruit, know only a small part of her and her life. Especially her life as a major player in the Fluxus movement and art world. Her work already had it's fans (and detractors) well before a certain Mr. Lennon came into her life. Personally speaking - with the exceptions of her first album, Life With The Lions and Fly - I wish the Lennon connection had never happened. Yes it made her world famous, but it also made her reviled by most and turned her focus from an artist with a wonderful sense of humor, a great sense of concept and a truly unique sense of abstraction into the disliked wife of one of the most famous musicians in the world. People forget that Yoko already had a life well before Lennon.

Lisa's book is like being directly injected into the brain of the author while she meditates at length on Yoko herself and Yoko's place in the world and as an artist and as a woman in the greater scheme of things filtered through the mind of a woman who's cultural references are probably much greater than yours and who's ability to view things and people without judgement, with genuine interest, passion and an utterly charming innate ability to fascinate makes her thee PERFECT person to write a book about Yoko Ono.

Even if you hate Yoko you should still buy this book. It might even make YOU reconsider...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing January 12, 2013
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Carver's personal profile of Yoko Ono is one of the best books I have read and I knew nothing about Yoko Ono beforehand so if you want to know more about the amazing woman who is now protesting the fracking operations slated to upset upstate New York and why she should be admired and supported - this is the book for you!
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