In Your Mind
The Infinite Universe of Yoko Ono
by Madeline Bocaro
Now in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Library & Archives
On several Best Music Books lists and Gift Guides
Recommended by Olivia Harrison on Instagram
The true, complete and deeply insightful story of the extraordinary woman whom John Lennon loved. The incredible love story of John and Yoko, their work together and her relationship to the Beatles is also explored.
Ono's incredible story goes way beyond what most people know.
There are astounding details about Yoko's life (thirty-three years before meeting Lennon, twelve years with him, and over forty years of creativity since his death).
The author illuminates Ono's spiritual nature and wisdom in this detailed exploration of Yoko's heritage, her childhood, her art, fIlms, music and activism for peace and women's rights.
The undeserved negativity that Ono has received throughout her life as an Asian woman, a child of war in Japan and as the wife of one of the Beatles is explored.
The author has followed Ono's career since the mid- 1960s, assembling a vast media archive on the artist. Yoko's own voice, along with Lennon's and others (in cited, published interviews) tell her undeniably true story. Bocaro has spent valuable time with Ono, gaining incredible insight.
Yoko Ono's work is unfinished – to be completed in your mind.
“… A hundred years from now it’s Yoko Ono the world is going to remember, not John Lennon or The Beatles.”
– Charlotte Moorman, Performance Artist, 1989
My Yoko Ono art collection:
Dreams, skies, smiles, love and wishes.
I breathe and dance every day.
I listen to the snow, see the wind, count the clouds and imagine peace.
What do you think my collection is worth?
I think it’s priceless!
– Madeline Bocaro
Conceptual Books 2021
"Very beautiful. You always capture their spirit and vision. You tell her story so well and it’s very important that someone does. Yoko spent so much of her life being misunderstood and misrepresented. She is such a special person and artist, the world needs the record you are creating. I am amazed not only by how much you know about Yoko, but also how well you write about it. Thank you for what you are doing. It’s wonderful to see Yoko and her art celebrated."
- Dan Richter
“The book is a masterpiece… mandatory reading for anyone seeking insight into a woman like no other.”
– Elliot Mintz, John and Yoko’s close friend and publicist
“This book is like a written documentary film. It’s that good.”
“It’s like reading Grapefruit over a long period.”
“You hit the imaginary nail on the imaginary head.”
“I have every book on Yoko that has come out, and this book tops them all by far! I am shoving all the others aside and using this as my new go-to book.”
“This book is excellent. It went to Planet Yoko where most fear to go, and we enjoyed the trip!“
"What a treasure trove of Yoko information! Thank you for including Yoko’s own words. I am breathless just reading them. The cherry on top is her eternal positivity."
"Something I love about your writing style… It feels like one of the few holdouts for genuine fandom not corrupted by money or jockeying for social status, just a genuine love for the artist and her work."
"You have created a paradise for those of us needing Yoko’s wisdom in our own lives. Every day is filled with Yokoness thanks to you. Your stories have so much detail, with hidden surprises."
"This is definitely your doctoral dissertation on Yoko. You beautifully explain the myriad of facets that Yoko shows the world ... if our hearts and minds are receptive. I love your many insights. This one really speaks to me: “Yoko is like a polished gemstone – radiating after years of abrasion.” Many thanks for sharing your Yoko wisdom."
"Everything you have written is amazing, knowledgeable and enlightening. This is a work of beauty to be savored. I like to choose certain moments to read and writhe in blissful marvel."
"I’m blown away by the depth and breadth of your knowledge, as well as how elegantly you present it. As always your writing reaches the depths of Yoko’s soul and you bring us that as a precious gift. I feel so enlightened."
"You make your idol come alive. You write so skillfully and emotionally."
"Outstanding! One of the best biographies I have ever read… I stood up out of my seat and applauded. You’re wonderful!"
"I love Yoko so much thanks to you. You are so passionate whenever you write about her. I don’t know how you do all this music research and writing. So great."