Give Peace A Chance

Item type: Poster Date: 1960 = 1989 Description: Poster of John Lennon with the title of his 1969 single “Give Peace A Chance.” John Lennon was born on 9th October 1940 in Liverpool. He was a member of one of the most famous bands to be created in Britain, The Beatles. After many hits with the band and years of success the band ceased and Lennon decided to team up with his wife, Yoko Ono, and try to change the world. One of the first things they did was to plant acorns of peace at Coventry Cathedral. Their other activities included a week-long bed-in during their honeymoon in Amsterdam. This was to protest against the Vietnam War. The couple also attended a press conference in Vienna where they both lay together inside a large white bag. As well as this, Lennon also tried to educate people about the idea of world peace. In 1969 “Give Peace A Chance” was released. The song was recorded by John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band as they sat on the floor of the Hotel La Reine. The world never anticipated how influential this song would become and it was reported that, during the Gulf War in 1991, the countries’ representatives who were opposed to the war were unconsciously using the phrase from the song to request a ceasefire. On 8th December 1980 Lennon was murdered by a gunman outside his apartment in Manhattan. The world mourned the loss with as much passion as would be expected for royalty.


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