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

By | March 23, 2021

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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?

The Bed-Ins Made The Hotel Rooms Famous

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Lennon and Ono took hundreds of visitors in both Amsterdam and Montreal. (thestar)

In ‘69 John Lennon clearing his throat made headline news. So a bed-in with assembled media in two swanky hotel rooms became a global news story, covered like a White House briefing but with more interest. The specific hotel rooms in both Amsterdam and Montreal that starred Lennon and Ono’s peace movement turned into instant tourist attractions. You can still stay in the same rooms for just $2,000 a night.