John and Yoko Bed-in

Jeff CazanovCategories:Music

In 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged the first bed-in, an attempt for world peace through staying in bed. Their ultimate goal was to enlighten the world, and put the power back into the hands of the people during the height of the Vietnam War.
While you can make of the protest what you wish, it is now possible to watch the seventy-minute documentary filmed over the course of a week in the hotel room in Montreal where they stayed.
It was originally scheduled to air for one weekend only. Yoko extended “Bed Peace” at her website and made it available to the world until August 21st 2011 at midnight. We at Rock Cellar Magazine honor John & Yoko’s peaceful protest as a shining example of “fighting the power,” and would like to keep it up at our site as a tribute. Let all generations, old and young witness how two passionate people tried to make a difference. Thank you, Yoko!

A message from Yoko:

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.
Love, Yoko
Yoko Ono Lennon
London, UK
August 2011


In our Fight The Power category Rock Cellar Magazine celebrates the willingness of individuals to effect change. We want to hear from people and groups who are fighting entrenched bureaucracies, careless corporations, and ridiculous laws in the name of the common good.  Whistle-blowers and muckrakers are welcomed. If you know of any such stories that need to be told – contact editors (at) rockcellarmagazine (dot) com. Thanks for reading!

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