1980-12-08 New York, USA / Give Peace a Chance / Gib Frieden eine Chance / Dê paz uma Chance / Dale a paz una Oportunidad

John Lennon will be known for many things that he did with the Beatles but something that he will also be remembered for is his ideas about peace. He took a very active role in trying to persuade people to protest against the Vietnam War, by doing many different things.

John Lennon taught us to stand up for what we believe in and dream big. He protested for peace, and many people listened. This is why John Lennon will be remembered as a peace activist. His legendary ideas will be remembered forever.

If everybody demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace. – John Lennon

John Lennon was an English singer, songwriter and peace activist. He was known for the rebellious nature and acerbic wit in his music, writing, drawings, on film and in interviews. Lennon was controversial through his political and peace activism.

Lennon first met Yoko Ono on 9th of November 1966 at the Indica Gallery in London, where Ono was preparing her conceptual art exhibit. Ono began to telephone and visit Lennon at his home. While his wife was on holiday in Greece in May 1968, Lennon invited Ono to visit. They spent the night recording, after which, he said, they made Love at dawn.

When Lennon‘s wife returned home she found Ono wearing her bathrobe and drinking tea with Lennon who simply said, ‘Oh, hi.’ Ono became pregnant in 1968 and miscarried a male child on 21st of November 1968, a few weeks after Lennon‘s divorce from Cynthia was granted.

They were married in Gibraltar on 20th of March 1969. Lennon and Ono used their honeymoon as a Bed-In for Peace at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel; the March 1969 event attracted worldwide media ridicule. During a second Bed-In three months later at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Lennon wrote and recorded ‘Give Peace a Chance’.

When asked by a reporter what he was trying to achieve by staying in bed, Lennon answered spontaneously ‘Just give peace a chance’. He went on to say this several times during the Bed-In. Lennon asked his press officer to find a recording engineer.

On 1st of June 1969, in Room 1742 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, André Perry, owner of a local recording studio in Montreal, arrived and used a simple setup of four microphones and a four-track tape recorder he brought with him.

The recording session was attended by dozens of journalists and various celebrities, including Timothy Leary, Rabbi Abraham Feinberg, Joseph Schwartz, Rosemary Woodruff Leary, Petula Clark, Dick Gregory, Allen Ginsberg, Roger Scott, Murray the K and Derek Taylor, many of whom are mentioned in the lyrics.

What we’re really doing is sending out a message to the world, mainly to the youth, especially the youth or anybody, really, that’s interested in protesting for peace or protesting against any forms of violence …

There’s many ways of protest, and this is one of them. And anybody could grow their hair for peace or give up a week of their holiday for peace or sit in a bag for peace.

Protest against peace, anyway, but peacefully, because we think that peace is only got by peaceful methods, and to fight the establishment with their own weapons is no good, because they always win, and they have been winning for thousands of years.

They know how to play the game violence, and it’s easier for them when they can recognize you and shoot you.

John Lennon

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