Yoko Ono tells critics: ‘Please don’t create another old person’

Singer wrote open letter asking critics to 'let me be free'

Yoko Ono has responded to her critics in an open letter, stating “Let me be free”.

The singer posted the letter, entitled ‘Don’t Stop Me!’ onto her website Imagine Peace.

“At my age I should be in a certain way. Please don’t stop me being the way I am. I don’t want to be old and sick like many others of my age. Please don’t create another old person,” Ono wrote.

She added: “So even when I am rocking on the stage, they are totally hard on me. They demand the musical standard of a classic musician and attack me for the rhythm or some notes which are not precisely in tune. I am not concerned with what my voice is doing. If I was, what you experience would not be. My voice will be dead, once I am concerned about it, in the way you are asking me to. Go to a classical concert, if you want to hear a “trained” voice. What I escaped from when I was very, very young. I created my own niche. If I tried to present you classic music it won’t be what I created.

“Just let me be free, so music will come out as my voice in the way it wants. Otherwise, it will not be beautiful. My music is unworldlily beautiful. It is a mixture of all the generations I went through on this planet: when I was born seeing the world with wonderment, when I was a wise infant, full of original ideas with not too much intimidation yet, when I was a energetic and rebellious teenager, when I was a sexy twenties, thirties, forties, fifties, sixties, seventies and now.”

Yoko Ono celebrated her 82nd birthday last week by releasing two 10-inch vinyl records called ‘Antony & Yoko’ and ‘Yoko Ono & John Zorn’. On ‘Antony & Yoko’, Ono and Antony Zorn perform a vocal duet over piano on song ‘I Love You Earth’, while ‘Yoko Ono & John Zorn’ features “intense and imaginative” improvisations on song ‘Blink’ from Ono and John Zorn.

Ono’s birthday also saw the release of a new book by Bob Gruen and Judy Denberg called See Hear Yoko. It includes black and white photos of the singer, as well as 25 years’ worth of interviews.