Yoko Ono, Bono join NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito for inaugural …

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Artwork shows Lennon as yellow submarine pilot.

Yoko Ono reveals her joy under the newly unveiled tapestry showing Manhattan as a giant yellow submarine with late Beatle at the helm, which was unveiled at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration during the city’s inaugural “John Lennon Day.” Yoko Ono, U2’s Bono and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito marked the city’s inaugural “John Lennon Day” on Ellis Island Wednesday, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the day the Beatle got his green card. Ono said that her “heart was crying” remembering her late husband, who battled to get his permanent residency and stay in New York after the U.S. government ordered him deported back to Britain over a pot possession plea. “I remember how proud and happy he was” to be able to stay in the U.S., she said. “I’m sure John would have felt great to have a New York day.” Ono recalled Lennon’s fight against violence and hatred. Lennon appears on the artwork commissioned by Art for Amnesty founder Bill Shipsey to thank Ono on behalf of human rights group Amnesty International.

This time around, the avant-rocker will collaborate with Death Cab for Cutie, Tune-Yards, Sparks, Miike Snow, Cibo Matto and her son Sean Lennon among many more artists who contributed either remixes or covers of tracks culled from Ono’s catalog. She said he was a feminist before his time, taking their son Sean to Central Park every Sunday, and that now she thinks of him when she sees dads pushing strollers in the city. Ono has kept busy in the eight years since Yes, I’m A Witch, releasing three albums, publishing a book named Acorn in 2013, and launching a retrospective exhibit at New York’s Museum of Modern Art this year.

Music executive Jimmy Iovine, U2 rocker Bono, and his bandmate The Edge, covered the cost for New-York based Czech artist Peter Sis to design the commemorative piece. Her most recent album, 2013’s Take Me to the Land of Hell, featured collaboations with Questlove of The Roots, Ad-Rock and Mike D of the Beastie Boys, tUnE-yArDs, and Lenny Kravitz. Bono, who is coming off an eight-show run at Madison Square Garden, also gave remarks about the significance of the tapestry being at Ellis Island and claimed Lennon as Irish.

Lennon” off 1971’s Fly and Danny Tenaglia’s rendition of “Walking on Thin Ice.” The collection will also feature Tune-Yards’ previously released rendition of “Warrior Woman,” a track off Ono’s Onobox. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. Bono noted in his speech that the first immigrant through Ellis Island was Annie Moore from Cobh, Co Cork, who came through the door’s of the island’s immigration facility on New Year’s Day 1892. He initially was not granted US residency, but that decision was overturned in 1975. “He was really, really concerned about what’s happening in the world, and he knew that what we do in America is really going to affect the whole world,” Ono said. He referred to the Irish parentage of all four of the Beatles, describing Lennon as “one more Irish immigrant on an island full of Irish immigrants”.

One day after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced he was upholding Tom Brady’s four-game “Deflategate” suspension, the Patriots’ quarterback let it be known that he doesn’t intend to take a seat without a fight. The fact is that neither I, nor any equipment person, did anything of which we have been accused.” Brady also addressed the “new evidence” Goodell mentioned when announcing his decision – the destruction of a cellphone the commissioner said contained “text messages and other electronic information” – denying that he had purposely tried to obstruct the league’s investigation or hide his role in the “Deflategate” scandal. “I disagree with yesterday’s narrative surrounding my cellphone. An art piece honouring former Czech president Vaclav Havel, also by Sis, was unveiled in Prague and funded by Bono, The Edge, Peter Gabriel, Sting and Yoko Ono, while a tapestry by Sis dedicated to the late Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney hangs in Dublin Airport.

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