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AUGUST 17, 2011 12:44PM

Lennons' "Bed Peace" is online until midnight Sunday

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 Bed Peace online at YouTube


A personal note from BellemeadeBooks: One of my Facebook friends was invited by John & Yoko to participate in the event. She was 16 in 1969, and a "student journalist" for her school paper. She was there for the entire eight days, taking care of Yoko's five-year old daughter and participating in the first recording of "Give Peace a Chance." 

John looked after her – sending her home every night to her mother who had spoken to him on the phone and insisted that there were to be no drugs or sex while her daughter was around. Her 2010 book about the Bed Peace was published in Britain with the title Give Me A Chance.  

"Bed Peace" is also online at YouTube, courtesy of Yoko, until Sunday at midnight at the link above. 



From Yoko Ono:

 I have decided to extend the deadline for another week -- until midnight on 21st August -- so everyone can get a chance to see it.

Tell your friends to go to to watch the film, read about it, Tweet and Facebook message about it -- discuss PEACE with your friends.



Dear Friends,

In 1969, John and I were so naïve to think that doing the Bed-In would help change the world.
Well, it might have. But at the time, we didn't know.

It was good that we filmed it, though.
The film is powerful now.
What we said then could have been said now.

In fact, there are things that we said then in the film, which may give some encouragement and inspiration to the activists of today. Good luck to us all.

Let's remember WAR IS OVER if we want it.
It's up to us, and nobody else.
John would have wanted to say that.


1969 was the year that John & Yoko intensified their long running campaign for World Peace. They approached the task with the same entrepreneurial expertise as an advertising agency selling a brand of soap powder to the masses. John & Yoko's product however was PEACE, not soft soap, and they were determined to use any slogan, event and gimmick in order to persuade the World to buy it.

BED PEACE (directed by Yoko & John and filmed by Nic Knowland) is a document of the Montreal events and features John & Yoko in conversation with, amongst others, the world press, satirist Al Capp, activist Dick Gregory, comedian Tommy Smothers, protesters at Berkeley's People's Park, Rabbi Abraham L. Feinberg, quiltmaker Christine Kemp, psychologists Timothy Leary & Rosemary Leary, CFOX DJs Charles P. Rodney Chandler & Roger Scott, producer André Perry, journalist Ritchie York, DJ & Promoter Murray The K, filmmaker Jonas Mekas, publicist Derek Taylor & personal assistant Anthony Fawcett.

Featured songs are Plastic Ono Band's GIVE PEACE A CHANCE & INSTANT KARMA, Yoko's REMEMBER LOVE & WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND & John's acoustic version of BECAUSE.

"As we said before: WAR IS OVER! (If You Want It)" - yoko 

Yoko Ono Lennon
London, UK
August 2011



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I haven't the time today to watch the film but so glad you posted it, and thoughI've seen excerpts or other films about the bed in, why do I think this one will be quite different. Thanks for letting us know of this, R
The newspaper said, "Say, what you doing in bed?" I said, "We're only trying to get us some peace!"

Thanks for posting this - will watch later!
Wen and Jeanette -- been away for the weekend and managed only to get my FW post up in the meantime. Hope you both got to watch ... in this confusing day and age it's pretty sweet to remember how commitment could change the world (for the better, as opposed to the current state of affairs).

Here's a link to a picture of my friend Gail with John and Yoko, 1969: