John Lennon And Yoko Ono's 'Bed-Ins:' What Was The Point (And Did They Succeed)?

John Lennon and Yoko talking to Donald Zec about their seven day event at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel. March 1969 Z03078-011 (Photo by WATFORD/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)

In 1969, amidst the chaos of the Vietnam War, John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged two “bed-ins” for peace in Amsterdam and Montreal. The Beatle and his new wife -- they'd just gotten married in Gibraltar (near Spain) -- wanted to spread peace and love while denouncing violence all over the world. The term "bed-in" played on the '60s idea of a sit-in, love-in or be-in, some sort of communal, consciousness-raising event. But wasn't it was really just two famous people in a hotel bed surrounded by reporters? What did John and Yoko hope to achieve with this stunt, and did they feel it succeeded?