Liverpool Stages
"Bed-In" In Memory of
John Lennon
John Lennon singing
"Mind Games"

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LONDON, March 7 (Reuters) - Four couples are preparing to stage a "bed in" in a shop window in the English city of Liverpool -- home to the Beatles -- as part of a 60th birthday celebration for the group's late singer John Lennon.

Paying tribute to the famous "Bed-In for Peace" staged 31 years ago by Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono, the four couples will hop into their double beds on Friday and begin a lie-in competition to see who can stay there the longest.

Passers-by can check their progress in a shop window at the city's Cavern Walks shopping centre, close to the legendary Cavern Club where the Beatles began their glittering career.

Those outside Liverpool can watch the competition live on the Internet at www.yourliverpool.com.

Organisers say the couples will only be allowed to leave their beds for a 10 minute "comfort break" every two hours and will have only a radio -- and each other -- for entertainment.

The two who stay in bed the longest will win a 10,000 pound ($15,700) prize and a trip to Montreal to stay in the same bedroom John and Yoko's "Bed-In" was photographed by the world's media.

Lennon was gunned down by an obsessed Beatles fan outside his New York apartment in 1980.

Other John Lennon sites of interest:

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The John Lennon Songwriting Contest

The John Lennon Online Library

Why A Bed-In?
(YourLiverpool.com - March, 2000) - This year marks the 20th anniversary of the death of one the world's greatest song writers and performers, John Lennon. This year would also have been his 60th birthday, and 2000 would have been the 31st anniversary of his world famous Bed-Ins for Peace.

In March 1969 John and Yoko spent their Honeymoon staging a Bed-In for Peace in Room 902 of the Amsterdam Hilton. For a week they stayed in bed giving interviews to sceptical newspapers, radio and television whom inadvertently ended up spreading their message of peace worldwide. They also spent time while in bed writing material for what was to become their 3rd album, "The Wedding Album".

In May of the same year John and Yoko began their 2nd Bed-In for Peace in Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel (Suite 1742), the exact same room the winners of our competition will stay in. John had originally wanted to stage the Bed-In in the US, but he was denied a visa due to his drug conviction. Canada though was close enough to guarantee him media coverage in the States, in order that he could add his peace ideals to the strong anti-Vietnam War movement.

On the last day of their Montreal Bed-In (June 1st 1969) the song "Give Peace a Chance" was recorded with a roomful of people joining John and Yoko to form the "The Plastic Ono Band".

 


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