John And Yoko: Give Peace A Song

On June 1, 1969, in Room 1742 of Montreal’s Queen Elizabeth Hotel, musical history was made. On the final day of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s legendary Bed-In for Peace, the couple gathered dozens of people together to record what has since become the world’s most enduring peace anthem, ‘Give Peace a Chance’. How the recording was made and who sang on it is a fascinating tale of 60’s culture, politics and music, John and Yoko: Give Peace A Song revisits that day in pictures and in the stories of those who were there, including Yoko Ono herself. Directors Paul McGrath and Alan Lysaght tracked down most of the survivors from Room 1742, and interviewed more than two dozen of them. Not one of them had any idea they were involved in something so enduring. John and Yoko: Give Peace a Song features a staggering wealth of pictures that has never been seen before: film from the CBC Archives; out-takes from John and Yoko’s own movie of the event; home movies taken by visitors, and the breathtaking photographs of photojournalist Gerry Deiter, the only photographer given unlimited access to the Bed-In. As one of the primary interviews, his memories of the event also feature prominently in the documentary

Sunday 9 March, 9.00pm on Documentary Channel

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