Message from Yoko Ono
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.
Yoko Ono Lennon
New York, May 2017
About Bed Peace
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 from 26-31 May 1969, 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
“Wake Up!” – Yoko Ono on new Moonlandingz album
The Moonlandingz announce new album ‘Interplanetary Class Classics’
Produced by Sean Lennon, it features Yoko Ono on the track ‘This Cities Undone’
The band features members of Fat White Family and the Eccentronic Research Council.
“The Moonlandingz are one of the most important new British bands today and I am very proud of Sean. I was surprised what a good job he did.”– yoko
Recent Releases & Re-releases
Yoko Ono – The first 3 of 11 classic album remasters (Two Virgins, Life With The Lions & Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band) on Strictly Canadian.
Read: ★★★★★ Rolling Stone, 1971 original review by Lester Bangs, ★★★★★ Rolling Stone, 2016 & Pitchfork, 2016.
Join in with these participatory artworks by Yoko Ono. Print out WAR IS OVER & IMAGINE PEACE posters. Send your wishes to IMAGINE PEACE TOWER & SKYLANDING. Add your smiles to #smilesfilm. Send your testimonies to ARISING. Tribute your parents at My Mommy Is Beautiful & My Daddy Is Beautiful.
Events & Exhibitions
Group Show: Personal Structures – Open Borders
European Cultural Centre - Palazzo Mora, Strada Nova, 3659, 30121 Venezia, Italy - map
ON NOW until Sun 26 Nov 2017
Group Show: Merce Cunningham: Common Time
Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA - map
ON NOW until Sun 30 Jul 2017
Group Show: The Inner Skin: Art and Shame
Marta Herford, Goebenstraße 2, 32052 Herford, Germany - map
ON NOW until Sun 04 Jun 2017
Group Show: A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s-1980s
Museum der Moderne Mönchsberg, Mönchsberg 32, 5020 Salzburg, Austria - map
ON NOW until Sun 18 Jun 2017
Group Show: The Creative Act: Performance, Process, Presence
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - map
ON NOW until Sat 29 Jul 2017
YOKO ONO: DREAM COME TRUE
Thu 01 Jun 2017 - Tue 31 Oct 2017
YOKO ONO: Four Works for Washington and the World
Hirshhorn Museum, Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA - map
Sat 17 Jun 2017 - Sun 17 Sep 2017
Group Show: Performing History
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, 313 Gwangmyeong-ro, Makgye-dong, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea - map
Thu 21 Sep 2017 - Sun 21 Jan 2018
Group Show: Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952-1965
NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - map
Tue 03 Oct 2017 - Fri 12 Jan 2018
JOHN LENNON's birthday
Mon 09 Oct 2017
Imagine all the people…
John Lennon Spotify Playlists
I have curated some themed Spotify playlists of John Lennon songs
I hope you enjoy hearing & sharing them