Jun 25 2012

Give Tents A Chance: The Learys & The Lennon/Onos Chat In 1969

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photo by Stephen Sammons


The folks over at  the Leary Archives have just posted a fascinating historical document, a transcription of a conversation between Timothy and Rosemary Leary and John Lennon and Yoko Ono that took place during the Lennon/Ono’s famous “Bed-In For Peace” in Toronto, during which Lennon and surrounding friends recorded “Give Peace A Chance.”

As you’ll note, it’s very 1960s.  The loveliest bit is at the beginning where the counterculture icons talk about — in essence —  various ways to achieve an alert and aware and awake state of mind (live in a tent.. or try living blindfolded for awhile.)

Leary archivist Michael Horowitz provides fascinating memories and perspectives, including part of an outline for a proposed book by Leary about ’60s heroes (see below the link)


  • By Denis Berry, June 25, 2012 @ 5:53 pm

    What a wonderful piece of history. Michael Horowitz’s “find” is an amazing look into the past at one moment in time these cultural icons shared. I hope Horowitz keeps looking through boxes and surprising us with new gems.

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