Bed Peace 2009
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 stories@imaginepeace.com and we’ll publish them on this page.

Zaboura Eichstaedt Experience
Bed In / A Tribute to Yoko Ono and John Lennon 1969/2009

Dear Yoko,
We (Nadia Zaboura and Bjoern Eichstaedt forming “ZEE. Zaboura Eichstaedt Experience”) are two performance artists from Germany in our early 30s who feel very much inspired by the art and counterculture feeling of the 1960s. Our work is mainly about melting modern technology with creative and empathic interdisciplinary approaches. This is very much manifested within our slogan: “Performance, Art, Empathy. Melting Creativity with Technology”. (more:http://www.zeeing.de)
So we payed hommage to the Bed-In in an “alternative” way. We hope you like this and maybe publish it on your website.
Best regards and keep up with your amazing work!
Love
Bjoern & Nadia / ZEE

BED-IN 2009: Marcel Gootjes at the Euromast Tower in Rotterdam

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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 redaktie@yoh.nl
More info:

http://bedinforpeace.hyves.nl/

http://www.artfamily.nl/bedinforpeace2009/

Fab4Peace Bed-In

fab4peace - 19th March, Albert Dock, Liverpool
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.
www.fab4peace.com
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.”

Jeanne Lavieri and Nancy Hutchins sing and play guitar during a peace vigil in Montrose on Friday. (Roger Wilson-Press)

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21 Responses to BED PEACE 2009: 40th Anniversary 1969-2009

  1. ZEEing says:

    We – the German Performance Art duo ZEE. Zaboura Eichstaedt Experience. were very much inspired by the events of 1969 which took place a long time before we were born. Today, being both in our 30s, we look back at the world 40 years ago and see so much, that still is a big issue today. 2009 is definitely the year where alot of ideas that Yoko and John spread 40 years ago, are going to bloom.

    Here is our video tribute to Yoko & John’s Bed-In: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZT6rD4a73c

  2. educareallapace says:

    Great anniversary! I am a voluntary service and our project aims to actively promote peace in all forms. Your are welcome in our web site http://www.educareallapace.it , i hope this will not considered spam.

    Educare alla Pace

  3. breitenbach says:

    I wasn’t even born yet when “bed peace” took place. But it inspired me a lot and I made some thoughts around it on my blog some months ago. I thought it could be a possible way to reach more people, if the message was translated into other contexts and jargons – e.g. the digital immigrants (blogger, twitterer, hacker etc.)

    I’m sorry that my written thoughts are in german. But the graphics in it – which put the whole post in a nutshell – are in english: http://brainblogger.de/2009/03/hack-the-war-happy-40th-year-of-peace-anniversary-to-yoko-john

    Happy 40th “Year of Peace” Anniversary to Yoko & John! Hack the war! Upload peace!

  4. sydbeder says:

    hey john brower!
    bring THE PLASTIC ONO BAND back to TORONTO to mark the 40th anniversary…never has there been a better concert…to be sitting in the crowd and listening to the announcement that JOHN&YOKO and the other incredible members were on their way to TORONTO was a mindblowing experience!
    kudos to you for pulling it off…

  5. Brian Anderson says:

    Montrose Peace Vigil, a group of activists who have stood on a street corner every week since January 2005 to advertise for peace, will lie down to celebrate the 40th anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Montreal Bed-In this Friday, May 29, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Ocean View Boulevard and Honolulu Avenue in Montrose, Calif.

    Our tribute to John and Yoko’s Amsterdam Bed-In last March was covered in the link I put in the comment above.

    This second Bed-In will have more of everything that made the first event so successful and joyful – live music, signs, pajamas, bathrobes, pillows and dozens of flowers to give to pedestrians in Montrose Shopping Park. The headboard and inflatable mattress return to the corner by popular demand.

    You’ll find more photos, links and plans on our message board:

    http://montrosepeacevigil.proboards.com/

  6. Brian Anderson says:

    The tribute Bed-In by the Montrose Peace Vigil that Nancy Hutchins wrote about above made the front page of the Glendale News Press, which is owned by the Los Angeles Times, last Saturday. Here’s where you’ll find the story and three photos:

    http://www.glendalenewspress.com/articles/2009/03/28/gnp-peace28.txt

  7. pammyanthonyart says:

    Dear Yoko Ono
    Thank you for the message on twitter.I have a lot of respect for your work.It’s such a positive thing to do something good for others.Tomorrow I’ll be in Rotterdam with my painting of John.

    Lots of love and peace.
    Pammy Anthony

  8. Nancy Hutchins says:

    Friday, March 27 af 5:00 P.M., my Montrose Peace Vigil participants and I will be having a tribute Bed-In during our usual weekly Peace demonstration and we plan to continue beyond our usual 7:00 P.M. time. We made signs such as “John & Yoko Bed-In 69-09″ (so passing cars will have time to read it instead of “anniversery), “Hair Peace.”,”Bed Peace.”, and “Give Peace a Chance” (of course). We will hand out flowers, play guitars, share the bed (blow up mattress & headboard), grow our hair & spread peace at the corner of Honolulu & Ocean View, Montrose, California, 91040. (Tom Smothers & Dick are from neighboring Tujunga.) Plans, discussions are on montrosepeacevigil.proboards.com. Remember Love, Nancy

  9. The revelation of October 1988

    We don’t like the system in which we are forced to live.
    U.T.O.P.I.A is the system that we want for tomorrow.»

    The Rhinoceros party (neorhino.ca) becomes Marxist-Lennonist, Groucho Marx and John Lennon

    Excerpts:
    (…) «It seems very important for the conduct of leadership to follow
    the people to know where they are going in order to lead them
    where they already are.»

    During this tough period of hardship, illogical struggles and selfcriticism,
    some of our members said that we were surely the clumsiest
    leftovers from the left, while others denounced our right turn.

    To paraphrase Groucho Marx Brother, we knew that it wasn’t a
    very good idea ‘to belong to any party which would accept us as a
    member’, but as comrade John Lennon remarked, ‘Whatever gets
    you through the night, is alright.’»

    Lost that we were among the carnival of confusion, we remembered
    the words of wisdom that our beloved founder has left us a
    legacy. Indeed, when he founded the Party, Docteur Ferron said:
    «There are left horned rhinos,
    right horned rhinos and center horned rhinos. Rhinos are not
    sheeps.»
    (…) The nation sees us as the manifesto of the power of positive
    absurdity thrown in the face of absolute idiocy. We should not disappoint
    the nation, but deliver the rictus, this wealth which makes
    Canada such a beautiful and great country.

    We wish you all the
    best wishes for a very merry campaign in the hope that there will be
    others again and again « (…)
    RCMP – Rhino Central Main Portion

    The neorhino wont make a tribute to the bed-in next spring in Montreal and wont to give you a gift from all artists for peace.

  10. John Brower says:

    Dear Yoko,
    Happy Birthday and many wishes for another splendid year of your efforts on behalf of world peace and spiritual harmony for all mankind. I cannot believe it has been 40 years since we were thrilled by your visit to Toronto and Montreal and that the 40th anniversary of our milestone concert at varsity Stadium took place. I have probably given away a hundred or more copies of John & Yoko’s YEAR of PEACE (the DVD) and am so proud to have been able to be a part of the peace effort back then to launch the WAR is OVER campaign in Toronto and the subsequent but failed efforts to stage a world peace festival. Of course Nixon was in the White House then and worked against our every effort, (as we now know) just as he pursued John some time later as was so well documented in The U.S. versus John Lennon. I think with Obama now in the White House we should stage a 40th anniversary peace festival…I know we would receive the blessings of many officials who are in positions now to help.
    I hope to see you in montreal for the opening of the show at the end of March but will suggest to Ritchie Yorke that he convey this message as well and see if it is something you think would be appropriate ands timely.
    Love to you and Peace as always,
    John Brower
    Los Angeles

  11. Nancy Hutchins says:

    Happy Birthday to such a beautiful woman. I’m thinking about those wishes in the peace tower along with mine and the bed-in pictures of you & John in my locket in Jr. High & how I asked for 5 minutes at the end of each class on John’s birhday that year to ask my classmates to plant the acorns I had gathered for world peace. I listen to Imagine every morning before I leave my house. I participate in a local peace vigil, write to politicians, send a little $, do what I can as a working stiff. You bring so much enchantment into the world & that’s one of my wishes in the tower. I wish for your wishes to come true too. The irony in your song wasn’t wasted on me but you really are very cool. Love, Nancy

  12. Sarah Hall says:

    I miss you John

  13. freed says:

    Happy birthday to you, dear Yoko. Being on the list of Onovox, i get informed about the traces you leave and left in this world of ours. And they are many. You arrived to be one of the most recognized and respected artists. Name something, and Yoko has performed, concepted, scripted or projected it a long time ago. What a visionary are you! And right to the target of what this planet needs, your most prominent message is the one of unity and Peace. Imagine Peace. A peaceful birthday to you, in the company of your best friends.
    PS: Will you be in Amsterdam for the celebrations of Bed Peace?

  14. claudia.toomey says:

    i love my husband geoffrey i love you remember its your heart that counts and your health love joy peace playful laughter work joy lots of love,confidince and lots more love hugs and kisses peace

  15. claudia says:

    with lots of love to you all love peace respect joy hapyness laughter joy lots of love to all people lots of love more love give love njot sex but love you got to know the meening of sex sex is a beautiful bertween your partners ow i love my husband , im thankful foe him i love hime dearly i jus twish i could show it more i proberly love hime and know him the best is me his wife

  16. Jerrie says:

    We will be there at the euromast with our beatlesshop, the proceeds will go to warchild.

  17. Monica says:

    God bless you Yoko Ono and John Lennon on this day of LOVE, February 14, 2009!! You are remembered and loved for everything you have done for PEACE on this earth. Many prayers to Our Lord asking for hatred and dissension to end and for Love and Peace to flourish. And you were so right….it starts in our own homes. We don’t need reality shows or vulgar movies. It’s sewage that fills our souls. We don’t need more things, more money, more physical beauty.
    We just need to change our own hearts and outlooks. We can pray to be contented with what we already have, with what we are given every day. I’ll try and be kinder to my family, my friends, and strangers, as well as to myself.
    Thank you Yoko!
    Much love from Vancouver Island,
    Monica

  18. Els says:

    In The Netherlands we remember and celebrate your Bed-In in the Amsterdam Hilton.
    http://www.fromhollandwithpeace.com/English.html

  19. Mark Facchin says:

    Dear Brothers and Sisters,

    In today’s world many people have forgotten what the concept of peace and love really mean to the future of our spiecies. They call us “hippies” or “relics of the 60’s” but let me tell you now more than ever are the words uttered by John Lennon and Yoko Ono most important. The bed-in of 1969 showed the world that it’s ok to stand up for what you believe in and not be afraid of what people will think.

    This year, on the 40th anniversary of John and Yoko’s bed-in, I’m planning a tribute with my girlfriend. The plan is to stay in bed for as many as 2-5 days. I’ll be contacting the local media to bring attention to the event and stage a worthy tribute.

    Thank you John and Yoko for everything you’ve done (and are continuing to do) for all of us who still believe that Love is the only way to go. Give peace a chance and let’s make the world a better place!

    Sincerely,
    your loyal student

    Mark Facchin

  20. Linda says:

    “Power in the People”….”We are the government”….are some of the most potent concepts stated by John Lennnon, that seem to have been lost here in the U.S.

    When I again watched Michael Moore’s “Sicko” the other night…one gentleman (I believe from France) fairly indicated that their government is afraid of the people…and in the U.S. American’s are afraid of their government. I think but-for the ’60’s (a blip on the radar)…for the most part we have abdicated our responsibility as U.S. citizens.

    I just heard Republican Congressman Mike Simpson say on the U.S. House floor that for the first time in his life he was embarrassed to be a member of the U.S. House because of the stimulus package being passed to help the people. So leave Mr. Simpson…or hopefully your constituents will help you out the door.

    WE WILL TAKE OUR GOVERNMENT BACK.

    WE WILL PASS A U.S. DEPARTMENT OF PEACE THAT WILL BENEFIT ALL AMERICANS AND THE MANY PEOPLES OF THE WORLD.

    “WE HAVE A RIGHT TO HAVE A SAY IN THE FUTURE”. (John Lennon)

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