The naked truth about John and Yoko – Independent.ie
It was outside here, at 10.50pm on December 8, 1980, that the apartment’s previous occupant, Mr Lennon, was gunned down in cold blood just by the front entrance by so-called fan Mark David Chapman. Lennon, who had just released his Double Fantasy LP, in collaboration with his wife, was emerging from a five-year sabbatical from music to bring up his son Sean and tend to his marriage with Yoko.On the lovely spring day in 2001 that I met Yoko, she emerged from the kitchen to give me the grand tour.Twelve blue Egyptian cats stand on guard duty. Yoko’s own sculptures, they came to her in a beautiful dream, she says, explaining the inspiration. Her late husband’s guitar is by the wall in the kitchen. She smiles when I pick it up and strum it. (Being in the home of one of your heroes is surreal; playing his guitar more surreal still.)In the corner of the room, her collection of CDs is separated from those of Lennon’s. The table at which we sit for tea is made from a mosaic that was once a floor in ancient Rome.”John used to sit here in the mornings,” Yoko says.In the living room are three works by surrealist painter Rene Magritte – above Lennon’s white Steinway piano, by the window.”John gave it to me for my birthday,” she explains. The engraved inscription on the front reads: ‘To Yoko, love John, 18th of the 2nd, 1971.’ Family pictures are arranged on top of the piano. Sean as a baby. Yoko and John on holiday.