We talk to the artist/activist/provocateur about her latest album, ''Yes, I'm a Witch''

By Leah Greenblatt
February 09, 2007 at 05:00 AM EST

Yes, I'm a Witch

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”Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m 64?” The Beatles made that plea back in 1967, but four decades on, John Lennon’s widow celebrates turning 74. (Gently ask her about the Feb. 18 birthday, and she says: ”Don’t be polite. I’m so proud — I survived!”) At home in the Dakota, the artist/activist/provocateur talks about the special guests on her latest album, Yes, I’m a Witch, her late husband, and more.

Artists like Cat Power and Le Tigre remix a lifetime of her music on Witch
”I’m in love with indie music. These artists are the superstars of indie now, and the fact that they were into working with me, I feel so good about it. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

Ono and Lennon’s legacy of activism lives on
”When John and I were doing things, a lot of people just didn’t think about it. Maybe we planted a seed; there are so many people, each doing it in his own way.” In fact, more than 2,000 fans have pledged to boycott Chapter 27, a film about Lennon’s killer, Mark David Chapman. ”It’s very sweet of them. John would have thought so too.”

Cirque du Soleil’s Beatles show, LOVE, has helped her learn to love Vegas
”We all have prejudice, and I had prejudice too — about Las Vegas. But because of this show, I went and was surprised: It’s beautiful. It’s new, like Tokyo, and it’s happening. It’s going to be the future city.”

Sean Lennon, 31, is ”his own unique artist”
”I’m proud I’m his mother. It was hard for him, because of his father’s fame, and his mother had a little too [laughs]. His mother and father created a shadow, and he broke [out of] it.”

If John were alive today…
”He would be totally into the Internet, giving him a chance to do anything and being able to communicate with the whole world at the same time. He would have loved that!”

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