Thursday, June 20, 2024

Yoko Ono Loved By Amnesty International


A follow-up to Monday’s item about Yoko Ono. While her Spirit Foundation doesn’t give money to Amnesty International, the group still loves her. Turns out she’s been giving them free rights to John Lennon’s music for years, and has been a huge supporter of the organization.

I don’t mind adding that info to the earlier story. If Amnesty loves Yoko, so does Showbiz411. In particular, a website called is set up just to document how much Ono has done for Darfur via AI.

On the site you can download and purchase twenty different covers of post-Beatle Lennon tracks by a variety of stars from U2 to a duet by Dhani Harrison and Jakob Dylan on “Gimme Some.”

There are no actual Dylan recordings, but these are sufficient. An Ono/AI intermediary also says Ono has given the group “Imagine” to promote its cause. The group says she helped raise $4.5 million.

This doesn’t explain everything about the Spirit Foundation, but as Lennon said, Give peace a chance.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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