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John & Yoko’s bed-in for peace
Three decades later…


Over three decades ago, John Lennon and Yoko Ono were the most talked-about visitors in Montreal when they chose to hold their Bed-In for Peace in suite 1742 at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth from May 26th to June 2nd , 1969.

John and Yoko decided to bed down for a week to set an example. The event reached instant worldwide media interest as John and Yoko spoke to some 150 journalists every day. In the U.S. alone, 350 radio stations carried reports on the world’s best known peaceniks, who wanted to get their message out to the students and all other people around the world who were already protesting against the war in Vietnam.

The highlight of the world’s most famous bed-in was John Lennon’s composition of the song Give Peace A Chance on June 1st. Lennon wrote the song in a few minutes and then turned the living room of the suite into a recording studio under the direction of André Perry. Some 50 people contributed to the recording of the song which was immediately broadcast worldwide. Celebrities on hand for the recording included Tommy Smothers, Dr Timothy and Rosemary Leary, Petula Clark and a group of fans from the Montreal chapter of the Hare Krishna temple.

The legend lives on – now more than ever - as the 33rd anniversary is celebrated with the addition of more photography, never before made public, recently provided by photographer Gerry Deiter. Deiter, a photojournalist, and a staff writer were assigned by Life magazine in 1969 to cover the internationally-acclaimed event.

A working photographer since his early 20’s, Deiter stayed to photograph the entire eight days of the Bed-In. Although his message of peace has expressed itself through his work in magazine and fashion photography and in photojournalism, his Bed-In prints had never before been displayed as art until his first show at a California gallery last October, and in Victoria, B.C. last December. It took more than 30 years after the event for the photographer to make the images public.

The widespread mourning on the 20th anniversary of John’s tragic death in December 2000, as well as the growing interest in his peace legacy, were deciding factors. “Having been present at the birth of John Lennon’s global anthem Give Peace a Chance, I feel a profound responsibility today to help revive and spread his simple message”, says Deiter, reminiscing on the feeling of love and compassion felt in the suite that day.

Thirty years after the event, John Lennon fans all over the world have gotten on with their lives, but many of them continue to make pilgrimages to Montreal’s grandest hotel, in hope they’ll be able to take a look inside Suite 1742. The humble suite has for obvious reasons been refurbished since. However the room still bears a somewhat mystical aura, giving the feeling that “an important event in our history has taken place here” relate some guests.

The walls in the living room area and in the bedroom boast memorabilia composed of press articles, framed gold records of Give Peace a Chance with music and lyrics, and of course pictures of the famous couple.

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