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

By Kellar Ellsworth
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?

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