John Lennon Plastic Ono Band “Some Time In New York City” Censored Nixon/Mao Naked Photo

John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band released the double album “Some Time In New York City” in 1972.  The half studio half live album cover was packaged like a newspaper of the events covered in the album.

Plastic Ono Band John Lennon Sometime In New York City Nixon Mao

The cover was highlighted by a poster Yoko Ono had made of then United States President Richard Nixon and China’s communist dictator Chairman Mao Zedong dancing together in the nude.  Here’s a blown up version of Yoko’s poster…

Naked Picture Richard Nixon Chairman Mao John Lennon Ono Some Time In New York

Many distributors against the wishes of Lennon and Ono added a non-removable gold sticker that said “TWO RECORD SET”  to obscure the photo.  Check it out…

Censored Sometime In New York City John Lennon Plastic Ono Band

Here’s what Lennon had to say about the sticker in an interview in 1980…

“You see how they banned the picture here. Yoko made this beautiful poster: Chairman Mao and Richard Nixon dancing naked together, you see? And the stupid retailers stuck a gold sticker over it that you can’t even steam off. At least you could steam off that Beatles [butcher] cover. So you see the kind of pressure Yoko and I were getting, not only on a personal level, and the public level, and the court case, and the fucking government, and this, that, and the other, but every time we tried to express ourselves, they would ban it, would cover it up, would censor it.”

What I find funny is that they did not censor the vulgar sexual cartoon right below the photo of Nixon and Mao.

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