This was the first interview I ever did with someone of note, and even though it was a phoner, I was terrified. Yoko Ono has something of a reputation as a ‘difficult artist’, and I was well aware that she’d probably spent most of her life being asked about her former husband than her own art – getting the balance right was extremely important to me.
She turned out to be a delight, of course. I remember describing the experience afterwards as not dissimilar to chatting with a high level Japanese student of English, only one who kept throwing disarming comments into the conversation. At one point after the interview was over, she asked me why I was in Japan. I told her I was married to a Japanese woman, to which she replied, “Oh, that’s sweet! My husband was from England, too…”Read More