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Published on Apr 14, 2009
John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged a Bed In for Peace at Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Room 1742. The couple held the event - from May 25 to June 1, 1969 - to protest civil unrest and the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam war.
"We're going to sell peace the way other people sell soap", Lennon told a young photo-journalist Gerry Deiter. Assigned by Life Magazine to document the happening in the hotel suite, Deiter was the only photographer there the entire eight days. He captured hundreds of images of the couple singing, composing, visiting with friends and talking to the media. John and Yoko spoke to some 150 journalists during the press conferences they held daily from their bed. June 1 culminated with the famous recording of "Give Peace A Chance".
Images of this happening come together in the book "Give Peace a Chance: John & Yoko's Bed-In for Peace". Photography by Gerry Deiter. Compiled by Joan Athey. Edited by Paul McGrath.
Joan Athey has graciously allowed these images to here accompany a live performance of "Imagine" by Canadian musician Allison Crowe.