When John Lennon and Yoko Ono took to their beds in 1969 in Montreal to give peace a chance, one Brooklyn-born photographer, Gerry Deiter stayed the entire time to chronicle the now historic moment in pop history.† Timothy Leary and his friend Crawdaddy! Magazine founder Paul Williams made a pilgrimage and were part of the recording of Give Peace A Chance.† Along with Tommy Smothers and a gaggle of fans, media and students, the song went around the world. †
Tuesday May 12 at 8 pm join Neke Carson and the regulars at the Gershwin Hotel 7 East 27th Street, for an evening celebrating the 40th anniversary and the launch of a new book Give Peace A Chance that documents the historic week in pop history.† Author Joan Athey will give a sneak preview of some of the images that will open June 12 at the Bethel Woods Museum on the site of the Woodstock Festival; Life Magazine writer Charles Childs reads from the interview done at the time; guitar legend Gary Lucas and composer Steven Lunch rock the room celebrating Lennonís contribution to peace. Climb into a bed and share your thoughts with others, just like John and Yoko. Leanne Averbach reads lyrical 60s poetry. †
The evening will give Paul Williamsí family a little peace of mind. Part proceeds from book sales and a silent auction of a limited edition print from the book will help raise money to assist with his battle with dementia as a result of an accident. †
Refreshments are generously provided by Chang Beer.† Event sponsored by the Gershwin Hotel.† Call 646-207-0595 for more information.