got this gift of love, but love is like a precious
plant. You can't just accept it and leave it in
the cupboard or just think it's going to get on
by itself. You've got to keep on watering it.
You've got to really look after it and nurture
- John Lennon
An excerpt of Interview
With John Lennon And Yoko Ono
by David Sheff for the Playboy Magazine September
David : What does your diet include besides
sashimi and sushi, Hershey bars and cappuccinos?
LENNON: We're mostly macrobiotic, but
sometimes I take the family out for a pizza.
ONO: Intuition tells you what to eat.
It's dangerous to try to unify things. Everybody
has different needs. We went through vegetarianism
and macrobiotic, but now, because we're in the
studio, we do eat some junk food. We're trying
to stick to macrobiotic: fish and rice, whole
grains. You balance foods and eat foods indigenous
to the area. Corn is the grain from this area.
David : And you both smoke up a storm.
LENNON: Macrobiotic people don't believe
in the big C. Whether you take that as a rationalization
or not, macrobiotics don't believe that smoking
is bad for you. Of course, if we die, we're wrong.
An excerpt of the book Confessions
of a raving unconfined nut: by Paul Krassner
I had known (Yoko Ono) her in the
sixties as an avant-garde conceptual artist. She
had one project which took place on a wooden platform
in the Paradox, a macrobiotic restaurant.
People would climb inside these huge black burlap
bags, singly, or with a partner, and then do whatever
they wanted, providing a floor show for patrons
while they ate their brown rice and sprout salad.
Singer Jackie DeShannon remembers opening
for the Beatles in their first extensive tour
of the United States. ''We played jokes on each
other and had countless pillow fights," she
says of Lennon. And Ronnie Hawkins, whose group
later became known as the Band, talks of how John
and Yoko stayed at his house in Toronto -- they
ate macrobiotic food, but he caught them down
at his fridge in the middle of the night sneaking
John Cage, One of 20th-century Americas
great musical innovators. He experimented with
prepared pianos, unusual percussion instruments,
electronics, weird notation and even silence,
as well as introducing the element of chance into
the performance of his music.
In the late 70s, John Cage, after serious
health problems, began a macrobiotic diet on the
advice of John Lennon and Yoko Ono
John Lennon and Yoko Ono were friends of John
Cage and sent him six cookbooks on macrobiotics.
When I'm down really yin
And I don't know what I'm doing Aisumasen Yoko
All I had to do was call your name
And when I hurt you and cause you pain Darling
I promise I won't do it again
Aisumasen Yoko It's hard enough I know just to
feel your own pain
All that I know is just what you tell me All
that I know is just what you show me
When I'm down real sanpaku
And I don't know what to do
Aisumasen Yoko san All I had to do was call your
name Yes, all I had to do was call your name
*Sanpaku, a well-known Japanese
term, sanpaku, describes a condition in which the white
of the eye can be seen between the pupil and the lower
lid as the subject gazes directly forward. This, we
quickly learn, connotes a grave state of physical and
spiritual imbalance. The sanpaku is out of touch with
himself, his body and the natural forces of the universe.
Symptomatically, sanpaku can be recognized by chronic
fatigue, low sexual vitality, poor instinctive reactions,
bad humor, inability to sleep soundly and lack of precision
in thought and action.
Seed, Europe's first macrobiotic restaurant,
in 1967 and introduced a basic menu of rice and
vegetables for four shillings (20 pence). Regular
customers included Marc Bolan, John Lennon and
Yoko Ono, the Rolling Stones and Terence Stamp.
'It was a cool place to hang out for those who
were health conscious,' - The Observer