John Lennon’s Bed-in: The Forty Year Anniversary

The Bed-in protest for peace, Hilton Hotel, March 1969

The "Bed-in" protest for peace, Hilton Hotel, March 1969

This month is the fortieth anniversary of the “Bed in“, the protest for peace held in Suite 702 of the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam. There is a photo exhibition of the bed-in protest in the lobby of the Hilton Hotel.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono used the media attention surrounding their wedding to promote the cause of peace with an original protest. They remained in bed for a week and invited journalists to come into their room to discuss world peace.

Bed-in, with the white bicycle

Bed-in, with the white bicycle

The white bicycle was part of another protest – a scheme by the provos that provided free bicycles for use around Amsterdam.

Lennon took the bicycle with him when he left.

Images inspired by Lennon's life

Bed-in, with the white bicycle

There are a number of photos of the bed-in in the exhibition, and some other images inspired by the bed-in.
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