John Lennon became famous because he was part of the Beatles band. His name is also associated with peace and political activism. Lennon’s interested were varied and was observed based from his musical styles all throughout his 20 years of career in music. The songs ranged from distrust to authority, politics, and literature, to spirituality, and Primal Scream Therapy. All of these songs were immortalized by this famous singer. However, among the causes he was committed the primary one is his devotion to the anti-war movement.
Lennon’s involvement with anti-war movement started when he got married to avant-garde artist Yoko Ono. Both of them started with the famous ‘Bed-Ins for Peace’ in their honeymoon at the Amsterdam Hilton in March 1969. It served as a launch pad for their anti-war efforts, where Lennon invited the worldwide media to join them in their hotel suite. Lennon and Ono sat in bed for two weeks straight, from nine in the morning to nine at night while having a discussion about world peace. A second ‘bed-in’ happened in Montreal after three months. During this time, Lennon wrote and recorded ‘Give Peace A Chance’ that became the unofficial refrain of the peace movement. Another famous anti-war song of John Lennon wrote is called ‘Imagine’. Other celebrities tried to repeat the ‘bed-in’ but were not successful.
After the ‘bed-ins’, Lennon and Ono became more activist-minded and lend their support to the working class. Together, they voiced out their discontent over the brutal murders of 14 unarmed civil rights protesters in Northern Ireland, bemoaning the death toll from the uprising at Attica Prison, and holding forth with leading American peace activists during that time including Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman. Lennon used his talent in music as the medium for their messages. He wrote the songs ‘Luck of the Irish’ and ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’. Lennon released his album titled Imagine in October 1971, which became his musical calling card for world peace.
The peace movement led by John Lennon worked and had a major impact. He was very famous, so there was several media coverage on everything he did and many people saw what he was trying to do. On the second Vietnam Moratorium Day, half a million people gathered and all started singing ‘Give Peace a Chance’ as loud as they could.
John Lennon taught all of us to stand up for what we believe in and to dream big. He protested for peace and many people listened. Thus, he will be remembered as a peace activist and his legendary ideas.