Flashback: John & Yoko Go Nude For ‘Two Virgins’ Cover
It was 44 years ago Sunday (November 11th, 1968) that John Lennon and Yoko Ono released their first album together, the infamous Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins. The album, which featured John and Yoko nude on the front and back covers, has been jokingly referred to over the years as the "most talked about album to have never been played."
The album was recorded in May 1968, supposedly during John and Yoko's first night together, and features an assortment of oddly mixed random noise, screeching, backwards tape loops, and other "found sound."
An early supporter of the album was Paul McCartney, who accompanied John and Yoko to the office of EMI Records chairman Sir Joseph Lockwood to persuade him to allow EMI to distribute the album. When Lockwood pressed the couple as to why they wanted to issue the album with the nude photos, Yoko replied "It's art." Lockwood's legendary response was, "Well, why not show Paul in the nude, he's so much better looking."