The John & Yoko Amsterdam Bed-In took place from 25-31 March 1969 at The Hilton Hotel, Amsterdam, Holland.
The John & Yoko Montreal Bed-In took place from 26 May to 2 June 1969 at The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal, Canada,
culminating in the recording of the anthem “Give Peace A Chance” on the night of 31 May/early morning of 1 June 1969.
This year, 2009, is the 40th anniversary of the Bed-Ins.
If you (or your parents!) were at the original 1969 Bed-Ins, if you have stories about the Bed-Ins,
or if you’re planning a tribute Bed-In of your own this year, tell us about it in the comments below,
and/or send pictures and stories to [email protected] and we’ll publish them on this page.
Zaboura Eichstaedt Experience
Bed In / A Tribute to Yoko Ono and John Lennon 1969/2009
BED-IN 2009: Marcel Gootjes at the Euromast Tower in Rotterdam
Marcel Gootjes from Schiedam in the Netherlands will commemorate the historic ‘Bed-In’ for Peace
by staying in bed from March 29th for three nights, at the Euromast Tower in Rotterdam.
From a height of 100 meters he wants to spread the message of PEACE and raise money for the War Child charity.
He is asking every radio-station all over the world to play the song “Give Peace A Chance”
on March 25th, at 02.15 pm (Dutch time), hoping to set a new world record.
If your station also wants to play the song at that particular time, please send a confirmation to [email protected]
Hello and many happy birthday wishes to Yoko!
We’d like to alert and invite Imagine Peace users to our tribute event.
Bed In for peace What’s Cooking restaurant, Albert Dock, Liverpool, UK 11am-late Thursday 19 March 2009
in aid of Claire House hospice and Imagine Alder Hey Appeal.
We are attempting a Noughties version with organic bedding, green Apple Macbooks to upload YouTube and Twitter peace messages and 24-hour streaming.
We’ll send you a full press release soon and we hope you can add a link from your great site to ours.
Peace, love Andy & Amber Purple Revolver
Purple Revolver invites you to join our celebration of the 40th anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s honeymoon Bed In by staying under your duvet and spreading the message of world peace. The idea behind our event is to answer how would John and Yoko connect with people in wishing for an end to war if they were campaigning today? We imagine a ‘Noughties’ version of their Bed In, where they would use all the latest gadgets, upload video messages to YouTube and send constant ‘tweets’ to their followers in bed across the globe calling them to join the revolution. You can leave your wishes for world peace on our wonderwall today. Or come together in Liverpool on Thursday 19 March and heed the Fab Four peace fanfare, jump on our bed and upload your wishes for world peace in person.
Giving peace a chance — 40 years later
by Joe Matyas, The London Free Press
A bed-in to promote peace will be held in a Kingsmill’s display window Friday, 40 years after John Lennon and Yoko Ono did it in Amsterdam and Montreal.
Two Londoners not yet born when the famous peace activists honeymooned for a better world will reprise their bed-ins for one day .
Mark Facchin and his girlfriend, Jessica Wilkie, both 22 and graduates of Oakridge secondary school, will occupy a bed in a window of the downtown department store from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.
“I’m a big John Lennon fan because of his ideals and political activism as well as his music,” Facchin said. “We think John and Yoko’s message of peace is something worth repeating today.”
Facchin, who will portray Lennon during a stage concert at McManus Theatre on March 27, said he feels as strongly about current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan as his musical hero did about the Vietnam War.
“I have nothing but admiration for the valiant efforts of Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan but we have to give peace a chance there” by changing the mission from combat, he said.
Beatle John Lennon and artist Yoko Ono were married on March 20, 1969 and spent the first week of their honeymoon talking to the world’s press about peace from a bed in an Amsterdam hotel.
Two months later, they repeated the event during a seven-day stay at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal. Canadian media had a field day covering the event as an anti-war, counter-culture story.
“John Lennon was a great musician, a great songwriter and my favourite Beatle,” Facchin said. “I’m a child of the ’80s but all my favourite music is from the ’60s and ’70s.”
Facchin said he got the idea for a Lennon tribute concert from retrospectives performed by Yuri Pool, a London musician and Beatles fan.
Pool organized a concert across from London Central Library in January that recreated a performance by the Beatles on the roof of Apple Records in London, England, on Jan. 30, 1969.
Hundreds of people dressed for chilly weather looked up from the street to see Pool and his band cover a Beatles repertoire on a snow-swept roof, just as Beatle fans had watched and listened 40 years ago.
Facchin said he contacted Kingsmill’s out of the blue and was surprised to get a favourable response.
“We’re always willing to do things that bring people and attention to the downtown,” said Jim Hands, Kingsmill’s general manager and vice-president.
IF YOU GO
What: A bed-in for peace
Where: Kingsmill’s display window, 130 Dundas St.
When: Friday, 9 a.m-5 p.m.
Who: Mark Facchin as John Lennon and Jessica Wilkie as Yoko Ono
A message reimagined
Antiwar activists invoke John Lennon, Yoko Ono’s peace message of 40 years ago.
By Veronica Rocha, Glendale News Press, March 27, 2009
Demonstrators took turns lying on an inflatable mattress at the corner of Honolulu Avenue and Ocean View Boulevard on Friday while others passed out daisies and sang songs of peace in commemoration of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 40th anniversary Bed-In for peace.
Lennon and Ono staged a bed-in in 1969 at a hotel during their honeymoon and allowed cameras to photograph them in bed while they promoted peace and protested the Vietnam War.
Forty years later, the members of the Montrose Peace Vigil tried to re-create the couple’s demonstration, but they decided to take it to the streets of their town for a couple of hours.
“We are all committed to peace,” group member Roberta Medford said. “This is a campaign for peace.”
The group members began protesting the Iraq war and promoting peace in January 2005, and have met every Friday at the same corner in Montrose since they started, she said. The number of people from La Crescenta, Montrose and Tujunga who participate in the group’s weekly demonstration fluctuates, but they manage to get 18 activists to attend every week, Medford said.
“Most people want peace . . . but they might not think it’s possible,” she said.
Motorists driving by the group on Friday honked their horns while demonstrators held signs saying “Give Peace a Chance Bed-In,” “Hair Peace,” “Bed-In 1969 — 2009,” “Support Our Troops” and “War is over, if you want it.”
Group member Nancy Hutchins lay on the inflatable mattress as a bed frame stood in the foreground and she held a sign that said “John and Yoko.”
She and member Jeanne Lavieri later sang and played “Give Peace a Chance” on their guitars.
Most people support Hutchins and the other group participants’ demonstrations since the group is peaceful, she said.
But while Hutchins doesn’t believe in war, she said some group members have different opinions than hers about going to war and believe war is needed when it is necessary.
“I am a pacifist,” she said. “I am against going to war, period.”
Pasadena resident Nick Mosaquites is not against peace, he said.
“I don’t think anything is wrong with demonstrating for peace,” he said. “I just don’t think it should be at the expense of people who are fighting for peace.”
Lennon and Ono’s message of peace was important for their generation because it demonstrated nonviolence, group member Kaitlyn Fritts said.
“Violence doesn’t solve anything,” she said. “It’s better to come together and solve something than being violent.”