The album cover that made a generation salivate at the notion of licking away a truckload of whipped cream to reveal what was underneath. Fun facts: it was actually shaving cream, and model Dolores Erickson was three months pregnant. Not the most flattering photo ever Lennon described the picture of him and Ono as "two slightly overweight ex-junkies". But it has that post-coital look — and was only distributed in the United States after a brown paper bag covered the previously unseen Beatle genitalia. That was apparently the logic on this European variant cover for the classic Hendrix double album, which anticipated the seas of naked flesh by art photographer Spencer Tunick and suggested that listening to "Crosstown Traffic" on headphones was just the prelude to an orgy. Decades before American Pie popularized the notion of coitus with dessert, an Ohio rock band had one of the most lurid album covers ever. The cover illustration was in the tradition of Norman Rockwell, except for the giant speakers and the slice cut into the apple pie, which revealed a spread vulva — shown in pornographic detail, lubricated and dripping.
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Long before a body-positive movement really existed, the couple tried to present themselves as simply 'two slightly overweight ex-junkies'. U nfinished Music No 1: Two Virgins , released 50 years ago this month, is only for the most ardent Beatles fans. The first of three experimental albums that John Lennon and Yoko Ono recorded centred around birdsong, garbled shrieking, amplifier feedback, tape loops and distorted instrumentation. The avant-garde record either bored or infuriated most critics. This was not an obvious choice of paper for a notorious Leftist, and when Lennon showed Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr the artwork, the drummer was quick to pick up on the prop. Sure enough, the papers did make a scandal of the photo, however innocent the intentions behind it might have been. Record label EMI flat out refused to distribute the record, and Track and Tetragrammaton only subsequently did so once copies of the LP were sheathed in brown paper bags. Nevertheless, many stores refused to stock the record, and in Newark, New Jersey, some 30, copies are thought to have been confiscated by police and impounded.
Unfinished Music No. It was the result of an all-night session of musical experimentation with Yoko in John's home studio at Kenwood , while his wife, Cynthia Lennon , was on holiday in Greece. In an attempt to avoid controversy, the LP record was sold in a brown paper bag, and distributed by Track and Tetragrammaton in the United Kingdom and the United States respectively. The album was followed six months later by Unfinished Music No. John Lennon met Yoko Ono in November  at the Indica Gallery in London after he received an invitation from its owner, John Dunbar ,   to preview an exhibition by an obscure Japanese artist. It is just us expressing ourselves like a child does, you know, however he feels like then. What we're saying is make your own music. This is Unfinished Music.