Just in case you need something to do today: Yoko Ono has posted Bed Peace, a 70-minute documentary about the famous 1969 Bed-Ins she staged with John Lennon to protest the Vietnam war, on YouTube for free viewing this weekend only. To be honest, we’re not sure why the time limit has been enforced, especially in an age when so much is available for free on the internet all the time, albeit perhaps via suspect channels. However, if you’ve got an extra hour on this rainy Sunday morning, we think this is a good opportunity to watch the film and maybe stay in bed just a little longer. Click through to read Yoko’s letter to her viewers and see the video, and be sure to let us know what you think of the film and of the stunt in general in the comments!
In 1969, John and I were so naïve to think that doing the Bed-In would help change the world. Well, it might have. But at the time, we didn’t know.
It was good that we filmed it, though. The film is powerful now. What we said then could have been said now.
In fact, there are things that we said then in the film, which may give some encouragement and inspiration to the activists of today. Good luck to us all.
Let’s remember WAR IS OVER if we want it. It’s up to us, and nobody else. John would have wanted to say that.
Yoko Ono Lennon London, UK August 2011