“We are still talking about it 50 years later, but at the time we had no idea of any impact it would have.” What are the words to the AFP Joanne Papineau, a spokesman for the hotel montreal where to stay for John Lennon and Yoko Ono between may 26 and June 2, 1969, during their honeymoon. “When the couple left, for years we did not speak of the bed-in, but then John was murdered, other wars continued”, she says. “People have wanted to see where it had happened, they found a meaning for what they had done, many years later”.
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For a week, Lennon and Ono in their pajamas in the morning to the evening, will receive in their suite of journalists from around the world, that the interview sitting on their bed. Will also of the fans and artists in a good-natured atmosphere and with a simple message: no to the war in Vietnam.
In a joyful chaos, and with limited technical resources, Lennon composed and recorded a first version of his famous hymn to peace, Give Peace a Chance (Give peace a chance). The choirs, sometimes approximate, are provided by artists and journalists present. The song is then remixed in the studio. “This is definitely one of the songs that the most significant and the most influential of contemporary music,” said the spokesman of the festivities, the host Geneviève borne, who was speaking – in his pajamas – at a press conference Thursday. “This bed-in for peace was one of the first acts of activism by artists”.
Carmel Massé, a Canadian, 57 years old, a fan of the Beatles in general and John Lennon in particular, had booked the suite for the night of Sunday to Monday. SEBASTIEN ST-JEAN/AFP
“Lennon has changed my life”
With a photo exhibition, guided tours of the infamous suite 1742, an evening of “hippie” or a ” concert for peace, the hotel Fairmount Queen Elizabeth, launched Saturday a series of events telling the story of his room the most famous. An exhibition devoted to the works of the widow of the singer of the Beatles, who was murdered by a fan unbalanced to New York in 1980, is also proposed up in September by the foundation, Phi.
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The Queen Elizabeth, John Lennon and Yoko Ono had rented several rooms that have since been assembled into a suite of about 130 m2 completely renovated while recreating the version of 1969. “Bed peace (bed peace) inscribed on the window behind the large, white bed, telephone vintage, which allows you to hear the voice of Lennon, tv cathode tube which relays images from the archives of the event, etc
Carmel Massé, a Canadian, 57 years old, a fan of the Beatles in general and John Lennon in particular, had booked the suite for the night of Sunday to Monday. “Lennon has changed my life,” he said to the AFP. “When I saw landed in Montreal, John Lennon beard, with his next guru, and Jesus Christ, his journey has intrigued me”. His message of pacifism has attracted and inspired. “Rent this suite, it is as if I said thank you 50 years later, to have made me a better person”.