- Sean Lennon
Infobox musical artist
Name = Sean Lennon
Img_capt = Lennon performing in San Francisco, 29 April 2007.
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Sean Taro Ono Lennon
Born = Birth date and age|1975|10|9|df=y
New York, U.S.
Indie pop Indie rock Folk Rock
Singer-Songwriter, Writer, Actor
Years_active = 1991 - Present
Guitar, Bass, Piano, drums
Grand Royal Records, Capitol
Cibo Matto, Dopo Yume, The Ghost Of A Saber Toothed Tiger, Mark Ronson, Rufus Wainwright
URL = [http://www.seanlennon.com Official Website]
Sean Taro Ono Lennon (aka Sean Ono Lennon, born 9 October 1975) is an American singer, songwriter, musician and actor. He is the son of musicians and peace activists
John Lennonand Yoko Ono.
Early life and education
Sean Lennon was born in
New York Cityon 9 October 1975 (his father's 35th birthday). Kyoko Chan Cox and Julian Lennonare his half-siblings. After Sean's birth, John became a house husband, doting on his young son until his murder in 1980. Sean was educated at the exclusive private boarding school Institut Le Roseyin Rolle, Switzerland and earlier at New York's private Ethical Culture Fieldston Schooland Dalton. He later attended Columbia University, though only for three semesters before dropping out to focus on his music career.
His debut into the music world came at the age of six, reciting a story on his mother's 1981 album "
Season of Glass". From childhood into his teen years Sean continued to collaborate with his mother, contributing vocals and receiving production credit on her solo albums " It's Alright (I See Rainbows)", " Starpeace" and " Onobox". At sixteen Sean co-wrote the song "All I Ever Wanted" with Lenny Kravitzfor his 1991 album " Mama Said". By 1995 Sean had formed the band IMA (with Sam Koppelman and Timo Ellis) to play alongside his mother on her album "Rising". Sean also made appearances in film, featured in the cast of Michael Jackson's 1988 "Moonwalker" and portraying a teenager experiencing visions of various MC Escherpaintings in Sony's 1990 promotional short-film "Infinite Escher".
Cibo Matto and "Into The Sun"
Miho Hatoriand Yuka Hondaof Cibo Mattowere invited by Ono to remix the song "Talking To The Universe" for a "Rising" remix EP "Rising Mixes". They met Sean and invited him to join them on tour as a bass player. This eventually led to Sean contributing to their side-project " Butter 08" and to his becoming a member of the group. He continued to play with them on tour, joining them on television and providing bass guitar and vocals on their EP, " Super Relax". Through his association with Cibo Matto, Lennon was approached by Adam Yauch(of the Beastie Boys), who expressed an interest in his music and persuaded him to sign a record contract with Grand Royal Records. Regarding Grand Royal, Lennon has said, "I think I found the only label on the planet who doesn't care who my parents are and what my name is. It's a good feeling to know that I wouldn't have gotten the offer if they wouldn't have liked my songs. That's pretty rare in the music business!".
Lennon's solo début "Into the Sun", was released in 1998. A
music videofor "Home", a single from the album, was directed by Spike Jonzeand enjoyed extended airplay on MTV. The album was produced by fellow Cibo Matto member Yuka Honda, who Lennon claimed was his inspiration for the album. They struck up a personal relationship as well as a creative one.
He would go on to tour (often backed by Cibo Matto) supporting "Into The Sun". During this period he would appear on radio programs such as
The Howard Stern Showand KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic. He would later recall promoting the album as a bitter experience due to the media focus on his family rather than his own music. In 1999, Sean's EP " Half Horse, Half Musician" was released featuring new tracks such as "Heart & Lung" and "Happiness" as well as remixes of songs from "Into The Sun". Along with "Half Horse Half Musician" 1999 saw the release of Cibo Matto's second album " Stereo Type A". Sean stepped out of his traditional role as the group's bass player, this time playing a much wider range of instruments (such as drums, guitars and synthesizers). Despite being well received "Stereo Type A" was to be the final Cibo Matto album and the group disbanded.
In 2000 Lennon briefly entered the world of
hip hop, contributing vocals to Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Handsome Boy Modeling Schooland Jurassic 5. In 2001 on national television, Sean performed Beatlesclassics "This Boy", "Across The Universe" and "Julia" alongside Robert Schwartzman, Rufus Wainwrightand Mobyfor "". In the following years Sean faded out of the spotlight. However he collaborated with various bands and artists as a session musicianand producer.
Return and Friendly Fire
After the demise of Grand Royal Records in 2001, Sean signed with
Capitol Records(whose parent company EMIhas released the vast majority of his father's musical output, group and solo), yet no solo material surfaced until February 2006, when "Dead Meat" was released as the first single from his new album, "Friendly Fire". A promotional trailer for the CD/ DVDpackage of "Friendly Fire" was leaked online in early 2006. The trailer featured scenes from the "film version" of the album, a DVD of music videos comprised into a film. The videos were actually screen tests for Coin Locker Babies, another project on which Lennon is working which became a cinematic counterpart to his new album Cite web|url=http://www.musicbox-online.com/interviews/sean-lennon-05212007.html|title="Taking Friendly Fire with Sean Lennon"|accessdate=2007-05-23|year=2007|author=Parish, Matt|work=The Music Box] . The theme of the album is based around love and betrayal and was dedicated to the death of a close friend of his. "Friendly Fire" was released in October, 2006. The night the album was released, Lennon made his first major television appearance in five years, performing "Dead Meat" live on the " Late Show with David Letterman". Lennon has since appeared on " Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and " The Sharon Osbourne Show". When questioned about the eight year gap between solo albums in interviews Lennon expressed that he didn't feel like a solo artist during those years and that he wanted to experience music anonymously without the spotlight on him. Since the release of "Friendly Fire", Lennon has been touring extensively around the world and while in France remixed his song "Parachute" in collaboration with French artist -M-. The remix is entitled "L'éclipse"Cite web|url=http://leclipse.emi-artistes.com|title="Sean Lennon & -M- en duo"|accessdate=2007-05-23|year=2007|work=L'eclipse] and was featured as a bonus track on the French release of "Friendly Fire".
Although again establishing himself as a solo artist, Lennon has continued his work as a session musician and producer, lending his talent to the likes of Dopo Yume,
Albert Hammond, Jr.(of The Strokes) and model/singer Irina Lazareanu[cite web|url=http://www.observer.com/2007/irina-lazareanu-way-more-karl-lagerfelds-muse|title=Irina Lazareanu: Way More Than Karl Lagerfeld's Muse| The New York Observer] . In October, 2007 Sean joined Mark Ronsonin the BBC Electric Promswhere he sang Sail on, Sailor, as well as We Can Work It Outalongside Daniel Merriweather, and Tawiah. Along with girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl, Sean premiered the side-project "The Ghost Of A Saber Toothed Tiger" [http://theghostofasabertoothedtiger.com] during a live performance at Radio Cityon Valentines Day, 2008. The duo host their music on MySpace and perform under the aliases of Amatla and Zargifon. Expanding on his musical output even further Sean has stepped into the world of film scores with " Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead" [ [http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i1afdf3970176b3157df419a61e8b371f “Lennon to Score Undead”] ,by Greg Goldstein. Hollywood Reporter, 21 February 2008.] . With the release of new material and subsequent touring Sean launched a website featuring music, videos and a forum for his fans. Various members of the forum have even crated a fan-made cover album entitled "Truth Mask Replica". In a You Tube video released for his website (January, 2008) Lennon has stated that he is working on a new solo album as well.
Lennon has said that
Brian Wilsonand the Beach Boysare major influences in his music and he interviewed Wilson on a limited edition CD entitled "Words and Music". During the release of "Into The Sun", Sean often talked about his admiration for the Brazilian band Os Mutantes. While in Brazil, Sean performed live with Arnaldo Baptista(bass guitar player and vocalist of Os Mutantes) and later designed the artwork for the Os Mutantes album, " Tecnicolor" (2000). Lennon has stated that The Beastie Boys album " Check Your Head" was a source of inspiration, with its varied music styles contained in one album.
With Cibo Matto
Super Relax" (1997)
Stereo Type A" (1999)
Smile for the Camera" (2005)
*"Friendly Fire" (2006)
*"The Stranger" [http://themoment.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/03/11/now-screening-mariacarla-boscono-in-the-stranger/] (2008)
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead" (2008)
*"Tea Fight" (2008)
*Sean Lennon - "
Half Horse Half Musician" (1999)
Soulfly- "Primitive" (2000)
*"Valentine Original Soundtrack" (2001)
Esthero- "Wikked Lil' Grrrls" (2005)
*Sean Lennon - "Friendly Fire" (2006)
Irina Lazareanu- "Some Place Along the Way" (2007)
Moonwalker" (1988) - Actor
Buffy the Vampire Slayer" - Season 2, Episode 1 - "When She Was Bad" (1997) - musician, Cibo Matto
Smile for the Camera" (2005) - Original Score, Writer
*"Friendly Fire" (2006) - Actor, Original Score, Writer
*"The Stranger" [http://themoment.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/03/11/now-screening-mariacarla-boscono-in-the-stranger/] (2008) - Original Score
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead" (2008) - Original Score
*"Tea Fight" (2008) - Original Score
Coin Locker Babies" (2008 in production) - Actor, Writer
* "Part Asian, 100% Hapa" (2006) - Sean is credited with writing the
* [http://www.seanlennon.com/ Sean Ono Lennon.com (Official)]
* [http://newyorkmetro.com/nymetro/arts/music/features/2733/ "Sean Lennon', "New York Magazine" 05/18/98]
* [http://www.ilikemusic.com/interviews/Sean_Lennon_interview_friendly_fire-3006 Sean Lennon Interview on I Like Music 2006]
* [http://www.videostatic.com/vs/2006/week40/index.html#entry-13223555 Interview with director Michele Civetta about Friendly Fire]
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