Imagine“, composed by John Lennon, performed live by Allison Crowe.

More than forty years ago today, John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged a Bed In for Peace at Montreal’s Queen Elizabeth Hotel. The couple held the eight-day 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 8 days. He captured hundreds of images of the couple singing, composing, visiting with friends and talking to the media. Lennon and Ono spoke to some 150 journalists during the press conferences they held daily from their bed. June 1 was the culmination – the recording of Give Peace A Chance.

Now these images 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 accompany a live performance of “Imagine” by Canadian musician Allison Crowe.

Give Peace A Chance

War is over if you want it

Imagine peace

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