Bed Peace Revisits John Lennon & Yoko Ono’s Famous Anti-Vietnam Protests

A quick fyi: Yoko Ono has posted on YouTube a 70 minute documentary that revisits John and Yoko’s famous 1969 Bed-Ins, which amounted to a peaceful protest against the Vietnam War. The film will remain online until midnight (New York time) on Sunday August 14th. Below the jump you can find Yoko’s letter to viewers and a summary of the film. Big H/T to @opedr


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

Film Synopsis

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.



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  1. Jorge Fernandez says . . . | August 14, 2011 / 7:14 am

    thanks by post the video. A blend of fresh air and nostalgy in my sunday morning

  2. Hevallo Azad (Pro Kurdish Rights Campaigner) says . . . | August 14, 2011 / 7:57 am

    Loved it! Thank you for sharing! Inspirational! Give Peace a Chance!

  3. Ashley says . . . | August 15, 2011 / 2:37 am

    Such beautiful people! Love you Yoko thank you for this!

  4. kelly ann says . . . | January 21, 2013 / 7:09 pm

    Yoko your so beautiful, brilliant, and your love for John was so pure, as was his to you.. inspirational. You may not have changed the whole world but you changed and helped to mold my world. Forever grateful. Much much love.

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