Πρώτη μέρα του πρώτου από τα δύο Bed-in's στο Χίλτον του 'Αμστερνταμ (25 με 31 Μαρτίου 1969). Nationaal Archief, Den Haag,Rijksfotoarchief- Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederland. Βλ. Wikimedia.
Αμέσως μετά το γάμο τους στο Γιβραλτάρ (20 Μαρτίου 1969), ο John Lennon και η Yōko Ono εκμεταλλεύτηκαν το ενδιαφέρον των μέσων ενήμερωσης για το "μήνα του μελιτός" τους για να το στρέψουν σε μία πράξη διαμαρτυρίας ενάντια στον πόλεμο του Βιετνάμ. Στα δύο Bed-In for Peace που πραγματοποίησαν στο 'Αμστερνταμ και το Μόντρεαλ,, δέχονταν κάθε μέρα στη "νυφική" τους σουίτα από τις 9 το πρωί ως τις 21 το βράδυ φίλους και δημοσιογράφους.
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Το δεύτερο Bed-in στο Montreal (26 Μαίου με 2 Ιουνίου 1969). Κοντά στον John Lennon και τη Yōko Ono, βρέθηκε κατά τύχη στη "νυφική σουίτα" η δεκαεξάχρονη τότε Gail Renard. Ο John Lennon πίστεψε στο δημοσιογραφικό της ταλέντο (η Gail Renard έγινε αργότερα σεναριογράφος σε σειρές του BBC) και της παραχώρησε μία συνέντευξη για το περιοδικό των Beatles. Την έστελνε κάθε βράδυ με συνοδεία σπίτι της, υποσχόμενος στη μητέρα της πως θα την κρατούσε μακριά από ναρκωτικά και σεξ. Στο τέλος της χάρισε ως αναμνηστικό το χειρόγραφο των στίχων του τραγουδιού Give Peace a Chance. Η Gail Renard εξιστόρισε την εμπειρία της στο βιβλίο της John Lennon: Give Me A Chance. Το χειρόγραφο πωλήθηκε το 2008 από τους Christie's έναντι περίπου 650.000 Ευρώ. Βλ. Reviewmeetthebeatlesforreal.
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Βλ. The City Traveler.
Φωτ. Tedd Church. Βλ. noisefestival.
Βλ. Meet the Beatles for Real.
Βλ. Broward-Palm Beach Fall Arts.
Φωτ. Stephen Sammons. Βλ. TIME.
Liverpool- The origins of one of the world's most symbolic bedspreads has, for the last 40 years, been affiliated to the wrong person.
The handcrafted 'All You Need Is Love' bedspread, presented to John Lennon and Yoko Ono in May 1969 during their Bed-In at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, is now in National Museums Liverpool's collections.
For a long time, the bedspread was believed to have been presented to John and Yoko by a local Hare Krishna chapter. However, National Museums Liverpool curators were approached last year by a lady in Toronto who expressed to have made the bedspread herself; a claim which has only recently been confirmed.
Paul Gallagher, curator of contemporary collecting at National Museums Liverpool said: "We acquired the bedspread in 2005 to add to our collection for the new Museum of Liverpool, which opens next year.
"We bought the bedspread at auction, with the belief that it had been made by a local Hare Krishna group. That was until I was contacted claiming that a lady in Toronto had in fact made it over 40 years ago, and presented the piece to John and Yoko personally, in a spontaneous expression of friendship and solidarity on the first day of the Bed-In."
Christine Kemp emigrated to Canada from Hull, Yorkshire in 1967. In 1969, she was living and working in Montreal, as a part-time designer. In the weeks before the now famous Bed-In for Peace, Christine had created a large dark blue felt wall hanging, intended as a room divider for her workshop.
Embroidered with the title 'All You Need Is Love' and decorated with coloured felt appliquéd figures from the Yellow Submarine movie, she thought the hanging might make an appropriate present for John and Yoko. So, wrapping it in a Union Jack flag she owned, she decided to try and visit them.
Christine continues: "When I arrived at the hotel, I asked the elevator operator if I could go up, and after a few minutes, I was taken up to room 1742. I entered the room where John and Yoko were in bed, and presented them with the hanging.
"I stayed by the bed watching the goings on, and after a while bade my best wishes and said goodbye. Nobody had taken details of who I was. Once every so often in the intervening years, I had wondered what happened to it, living my life with no idea about its journey ending up in Liverpool, the home of John Lennon and the Beatles."
Christine last year discovered the bedspread once again, on picking up a book about the Bed-In at a local store and noticing the bedspread in some photographs, credited as being in National Museums Liverpool's collections.
In order to support her account of events, Christine worked tirelessly with Liz Gormley who owned the shop where she found the book, to find someone or something that could help prove her story, and recently hit the jackpot.
Christine: "Liz sought out and contacted anyone she could locate who might be able to help, even the hotel doorman, elevator operator, manageress, journalists and photographers who were present. Finally, she was referred to photographer Tedd Church, who had been there for the Montreal Gazette newspaper and he was able to provide us with a fabulous photograph of the moment I gave the bedspread to John and Yoko."
Paul Gallagher continues: "This is a fantastic story, and makes the journey of the bedspread even more intriguing. Coming from humble origins as a room divider in a design workshop, Christine's kindness and her own demonstration of 'Giving Peace a Chance' gave this lowly wall hanging a great start in life. An icon of the 1969 Bed-In for Peace, it is set to be an iconic item in our new museum."
Christine can also be spotted in the 1988 movie Imagine, which John and Yoko made of their life together. She can be seen at the Montreal Bed-In standing at the bedside in a white dress, holding a red flower.
The fantastic photo and bedspread will be on display in the Wondrous Place gallery of the new Museum of Liverpool when it opens in summer 2011.
Οι Hare Krishna στο Bed-in του Montreal. Βλ. archiveimaginearttattler και Hansadutta.
Βλ. Vivian Was Here και Yoko Ono official.
Βλ. Brasil que eu quero και giantbomb.
Το φιλί στο κρεβάτι (1892) έργο του Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
Bed Peace, John Lennon & Yoko Ono.
Τον Αύγουστο του 2011, η Yoko Ono ανέβασε στο YouTube ολόκληρο το ντοκιμαντέρ που είχε γυριστεί το 1969 για την ειρηνιστική πρωτοβουλία των Bed-In's.
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
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 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.