Hold On World: The Lasting Impact of John Lennon & Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band, 50 Years On

Hold On World: The Lasting Impact of John Lennon & Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band, 50 Years On

by John Kruth


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Hold On World revisits Lennon and Ono's love affair and startling collaborations. John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band was arguably the most emotionally honest album ever made. It wasn't merely another record but more like a sonic exorcism, a spiritual, public bloodletting. Lennon's album drove a stake through the heart of the Beatles' myth while confronting everything else in John's life, from Dylan to God to his glorified status as a "Working Class Hero."

Determined to rid himself of childhood traumas—abandoned by his father, John, at age nine, and deeply traumatized by his mother's death as a young boy—Lennon wrote the most powerful song cycle of his career, confronting fear, disappointment, and illusion, all the while espousing his love for Yoko Ono. Released simultaneously, Ono's album Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band is emotionally raw and challenging. It inspired bands like the B-52s and Yo La Tengo to employ pure sound, whether shrieking vocals or guitar feedback, to express their deepest feelings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493052356
Publisher: Backbeat
Publication date: 04/15/2021
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

John Kruth is the author of three musical biographies, including To Live’s to Fly: The Ballad of the Late, Great Townes Van Zandt (recipient of the ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award; DaCapo Press, 2007), and Rhapsody in Black: The Life and Music of Roy Orbison (Backbeat Books, 2013). In 2015, Backbeat published Kruth's fiftieth anniversary celebration of the Beatles' Rubber Soul, This Bird Has Flown. His latest book, A Friend of the Devil: The Glorification of the Outlaw in Song, from Robin Hood to Rap, was published in September 2017 by Backbeat. Kruth's writing has appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Wire (UK), The Observer (NYC), No Depression, Rave (India) Wax Poetics, and Folk Roots (UK).

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