[[caption-width-right:241:Keeper of the Lennon flame.]]

->''"I know that when I say this I may be stepping on pins and needles''\\
''But I don't like [[FanDumb all these people]] slagging her [[MisBlamed for breaking up the Beatles]]''\\
''(don't blame it on Yokey!)''\\
''I mean, if I was John and you were Yoko I would gladly give up musical genius''\\
''Just to have you as my very own personal Venus"''
-->-- '''Music/BarenakedLadies''', "Be My Yoko Ono"

Yoko Ono (born February 18, 1933), is a Japanese-American artist and musician who is most widely known for her relationship with Music/JohnLennon of Music/TheBeatles. When Yoko first met John Lennon, she was an artist exhibiting in the UK. Working with artist group Fluxus throughout [[TheSixties the 1960s]], Ono was a pioneer in the burgeoning conceptual art movement which included work in sculpture, performance, filmmaking and music.

Ono collaborated with experimental luminaries such as Music/JohnCage and jazz legend Music/OrnetteColeman. In 1961, years before meeting Lennon, she had her first major public performance in a concert at the 258-seat Carnegie Recital Hall (not the larger "Main Hall"). This concert featured radical experimental music and performances. She had a second engagement at the Carnegie Recital Hall in 1965, in which she debuted "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zfe2qhI5Ix4 Cut Piece]]," a seminal performance within the conceptual art movement.

After John Lennon left the Beatles, the two artists collaborated on music together - working together on very different projects all underneath the umbrella of "Plastic Ono Band." Yoko collaborated together with John on his first three albums: ''Music/UnfinishedMusicNo1TwoVirgins'' (1968), ''Music/UnfinishedMusicNo2LifeWithTheLions'' (1968) and ''Music/WeddingAlbum'' (1969). In 1971, Yoko Ono began to release a number of solo records. ''Fly'' - a double album that helped make her known for her caterwauling vocals. She also released two other, more conventional, albums during this time - ''Approximately Infinite Universe'' and ''Feeling the Space''. Although Yoko's work was poorly received initially, the albums have survived and aged well - proving to be part of the foundation of punk rock and new wave music.


!!Yoko Ono provides the following tropes:

* AllThatGlitters: In 2006, she gained considerable notoriety for "Promise Piece-Bones", taking a priceless 500 year old Ming vase and shattering it into pieces and handing each shard away, as a tribute to losing a friend (fellow Fluxus artist Nam June Paik) whom she considered more valuable than an old jar could ever be.
* AwesomeMcCoolName: ''Yoko'' means "ocean child" in Japanese.
* BlueBlood: She was a descendent of the Yasuda clan of ''samurai'' warrior-scholars (who later founded the Yazuka ''zaibatsu'' conglomerate, centered on banking) on her mother's side, while her paternal grandfather was ennobled (into the Japanese ''kazoku'' nobility) in 1915.
* CloudCuckoolander: Some of the art and performance pieces she has done have shown her to be a little ... zany.
** In fact, many of them (especially the notorious "Bottoms") are meant to be funny, but people unfamiliar with surrealist art often didn't realize this.
** An example of her humorous attitude is seen in a short Fluxus film. The word ''Art'' is displayed in beautiful script on a sidewalk a-frame board. Yoko walks in with a large shopping bag -- the kind elegant department stores used to give you -- and stands next to the sign as if waiting for a bus. The bag has the single letter F on it. Tell me you aren't at least smiling right now.
* CoolOldLady: [[YokoOhNo In spite of what you think of her,]] she can qualify because [[http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2010/10/yoko_ono_played_a_show_with_la.html she sang with Lady Gaga.]]
* CoolShades: Often wore big sunglasses.
* TheImmodestOrgasm: At the end of her "Kiss Kiss Kiss" song.
* MyBelovedSmother: According to some biographers, her relationship with Music/JohnLennon had elements of this; he even referred to her as "Mother."
* OneWomanWail: Often noted for this.
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: "Listen, the Snow is Falling", released as the B-side to "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" and later covered by Music/{{Galaxie 500}}.
** Throughout the years, she's made several of them. Her 1974 album ''A Story'' consists of this mostly.
* TakeThat: Her song, "Yes, I'm a Witch" probably, as it contains the lyrics "Yes, I'm a witch, I'm a bitch/I don't care what you say/My voice is real, my voice speaks truth/I don't fit in your ways..." and she seems to be speaking to her haters. She also mentioned that she's "gonna stick around for quite a while". She has been, to this day.
* WildHair: In her heyday. She's mostly remembered looking like such. On itself, it makes quite a unique silhouette and there's also the way it frames her face.
* YokoOhNo:[[invoked]] The TropeNamer, if [[ThisIndexIsNotAnExample not an example]].