Sean Lennon Biography

9 October 1975, New York City, New York, USA. Sharing the same day of birth as his father, John Lennon, Sean’s earliest recorded performance was on his mother Yoko Ono’s brutal, valedictory 1981 album, Season Of Glass. Throughout the 80s he continued to make appearances on his mother’s albums, and, in 1988, appeared in Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker. In 1991, he was featured on Lenny Kravitz’s Mama Said. Lennon attended schools in Japan, Switzerland, and America, but subsequently dropped out of an anthropology course at Columbia University to concentrate on his musical career.

In the mid-90s, Lennon formed Ima (Japanese for ‘now’) with Timo Ellis (b. 7 June 1970) and Sam Koppelman. The trio backed Ono on her acclaimed 1995 collection, Rising, and joined her on the attendant world tour. The following year, Lennon met Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori of Cibo Matto at the sessions for a remix of the Rising track, ‘Talking To The Universe’. He subsequently joined the duo on tour as their bass player, and contributed his multi-instrumental talent to their 1997 Super Relax EP. He also signed a recording contract with the Beastie Boys’ Grand Royal Records label, and set about recording his debut album with Yuka Honda (also his girlfriend) as producer. Into The Sun, on which Lennon played most of the instruments, was an eclectic fusion of bossa nova, free jazz and noise pop, whose musical inventiveness was reminiscent of none other than Cibo Matto. He subsequently appeared as a full-time member on their 1998 collection, Stereo Type A.

Following the demise of Grand Royal in 2001, Lennon signed a recording contract with Capitol Records, but a lengthy delay preceded the release of any new solo material. In the interim he worked on albums by Handsome Boy Modeling School, Jurassic 5, Ben Lee and Josh Haden. Friendly Fire was finally released in October 2006.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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