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Hold On World

The Lasting Impact of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band, Fifty Years On

John Kruth

About this book

Hold On World revisits Lennon and Ono's love affair and startling collaborations. John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band was arguably the most emotionally honest album ever made. It wasn't merely another record but more like a sonic exorcism, a spiritual, public bloodletting. Lennon's album drove a stake through the heart of the Beatles' myth while confronting everything else in John's life, from Dylan to God to his glorified status as a "Working Class Hero."

Determined to rid himself of past traumas—abandonment by his father and the death of his mother, Julia—Lennon wrote the most powerful song cycle of his career, confronting fear, disappointment, and illusion, all the while espousing his love for Yoko Ono. Released simultaneously, Ono's album Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band is emotionally raw and challenging. It inspired bands like the B-52s and Yo La Tengo to employ pure sound, whether shrieking vocals or guitar feedback, to express their deepest feelings.

About this author

John Kruth is the author of three musical biographies, including To Live’s to Fly: The Ballad of the Late, Great Townes Van Zandt (recipient of the ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award; DaCapo Press, 2007) and Rhapsody in Black: The Life and Music of RoyOrbison (Backbeat Books, 2013). In 2015, Backbeat published Kruth's fiftieth anniversary celebration of the Beatles' Rubber Soul, This Bird Has Flown. His latest book, A Friend of the Devil: The Glorification of the Outlaw in Song, from Robin Hood toRap, was published in September 2017 by Backbeat. Kruth's writing has appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Wire (UK), the Observer (NYC), No Depression, Rave (India), Wax Poetics, and Folk Roots (UK).