It's forty years since John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Bed-In for Peace and, Michael Archer argues in the Guardian that while as a protest it may have been ineffectual, as a work of art it has endured:
After their wedding ceremony in Gibraltar, Lennon and Ono travelled to Amsterdam, where, between 25 March and 31 March 1969, they staged what they called Bed-In for Peace. Each day, for a week, the couple invited the press into their hotel room. Ensconced in bed, they would politely answer questions about their decision to stage this event as a protest against the Vietnam war. If we see it as a one-off caprice, then the event can look remarkably like irrelevant self-indulgence. With memories still reasonably fresh of how ineffective the 2003 anti-war protest was, the idea that sitting in bed for a week might have caused Richard Nixon to revise his foreign policy looks a tad hopeful, to say the least.
...the piece turned the media's insatiable craving for cultural fodder into a positive. It allowed the "hairy hedonists" to propose an alternative attitude to the "active" resistance that had, for example, resulted in the violent clashes in the previous year's Grosvenor Square anti-war demonstration.
Read the full piece here
Mar 26, 2009