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About the Author

Best known as singer-songwriter for the legendary Beatles, John Lennon was born in Liverpool, England. In 1969, Lennon married Yoko Ono and the two formed the Plastic Ono Band. Lennon was killed by a deranged fan outside his apartment building in New York on December 8, 1980.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743201108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743201100
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since 1968, Yokophobia has prevented people from perceiving reality correctly. Yokophobia was brought on largely because John Lennon was "supposed" to marry a white woman, oh, and, another thing, because the Beatles broke up. Since she has been blamed for this, shattering the delusion that a rock band should last forever (look at the Rolling Stones now for goodness sake!), people have been unusually mean-spirited in their assessment of her work. I can understand why people shy away from her more avant-garde musical output, often consisting of ear-shattering screams (I am one of those sickos that just happens to love it!). But "Grapefruit," one of the most widely distributed pieces of Fluxus-connected/inspired "performance art," is simply irresistible. (Remember, Yoko had a career as an avant-garde artist before she met John Lennon--they met at one of her art exhibits in 1967.) It is serious, excruciatingly humorous and regularly induces smiles--all while simultaneously encouraging its readers to think abstractly, artistically, creatively and irreverently. "Grapefruit" is a breath of fresh sky-blue air from the woman who once asked (on the b-side of John Lennon's "Instant Karma") "Who Has Seen the Wind?"
"Grapefruit" is filled, for the most part, with short, koan-like "pieces" such as "Wall Piece for Orchestra." Yoko directs the piece as follows: "Hit a wall with your head." In "Overtone Piece," Yoko writes, "Make music only with overtones." In the painting pieces section, she instructs her reader, in "Painting for the Wind," to "Make a hole. / Leave it in the wind.
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I bought this book in England in 1970 when it was released with the charming cover of a grapefruit atop a female posterior.
I loved the book and kept it rather than follow Yoko's instructions to burn it afterward.
Yesterday I read it again. It is funny how one's perceptions change over thirty years for better or for worse.
My conclusion is that this book is a Master Piece.
Sorry Yoko!
Please experience this book. SERIOUSLY!
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Yoko Ono is one of the art worlds few and true originals. She is unique in everything she does,wether it be performance art or music. This book proves to be no exception. In Grapefruit Yoko lets you see into an avant-garde world that is bursting with imagination that can only be seen through her eyes. Lundy Eastepp
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well my daugter found my copy of grapefruit and we read to together and laughed together and talked together it was a very enriching experience thanks yoko, we found your work very enlightening. take care all
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I was lucky enough to come across a copy of this book at my local fleamarket...I would recommend it to anyone, whether or not you are a fan of the fluxus movement or Yoko's endeavors, it is a book which has certainly changed my outlook on the world. I read somewhere that when Cyndi Lauper came to NY all she took with her was a paper bag with a pair of clean socks and Yoko's book. After reading this book you could understand why.
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What can be said? On the surface, it's obviously the most pretentious twaddle ever hard-bound--- the constant little descriptions of strangely mute actions that she calls "pieces", each just a couplet long or so, can grate. Why not actually write a real piece of music, or make a painting, you might begin to ask. Well, look closer. Really close. And listen, too. Hear that rustling? That's wit, dry and crisp as bamboo matting under your bare feet. As she guides you through the tiny, many mansions of this curious paper house, familiar incense wafts, a subtle, fragrant empathy for humanity: we who are so frail, so ephemeral, so filled with dreams that long to burst forth like a cache of fireworks. No wonder John loved her.

(I freely admit that, as a fan of her music, I am somewhat biased. I was also lucky enough to experience an entire museum full of her films, sculpture, and other art, in Houston, in 2001.)
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How can you not love Yoko. Her zen anarchist suggestions for art projects are a philosophy for life. The book rings as true today as when it was written. It is almost enough to make up for the fact that she broke up the Beatles.
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This is more than a wonderful book - it is truly a cherished treasure. No one views the world quite like Yoko and no one ever will. She will bring a breath of fresh air to your mind and spirit by asking you to go to the top of a hill, open a bag and pour all the light you can into it. Happiness is connecting with Yoko and shining like a 1000 suns. Grab this while you can before it becomes too scare to find. You won't regret it!
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