by Dave Segal
on Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 1:35 PM
It still needs to be said, because a lot of blinkered Beatles fans have created a massive force field of scorn around her, but Yoko Ono, who turns a vibrant 80 today, has done a helluva lot of good work that has pushed rock into far-out realms and frayed conventional notions of what a female voice should sound like. Check out Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band, Fly, and Approximately Infinite Universe for proof. She's also created a lot of naÏvely profound/profoundly naÏve visual and performance art and is a sweet, philanthropic soul who's done way more to help the world than you have. Deal with it, haters.