Yoko Ono’s Telephone Piece
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Telephone Piece began as an instruction in Yoko’s book Grapefruit (1964).

Get a telephone that only echoes back
your voice.
Call every day and talk about many
1964 spring

A track called ‘Telephone Piece’ ends Side Four of Yoko’s album Fly (1971). A telephone rings six times, Yoko answers it and says ‘Hello, this is Yoko’. It is so cool that she voiced it in the language (and ringtone) of each country that the Fly album was released in; USA, UK and Japan.
Moshi Moshi Yoko desu!



This track is sampled in Yoko’s song ‘Talking To The Universe” on her album Rising (1995).

Telephone Piece then evolved into an interactive museum piece at her exhibitions. A telephone sits atop a pedestal in the middle of a Plexiglas maze (actually, her artwork called Amaze) with the instruction:

When the phone rings
Know that it’s me

This is an excerpt from my Yoko Ono biography

In Your Mind – The Infinite Universe of Yoko Ono

by Madeline Bocaro

An all-embracing look at Yoko Ono’s life, music and art – in stunning detail.

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