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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 31, 1969

With their "Amsterdam Bed-In For Peace" completed, John Lennon and Yoko Ono fly to Vienna (John takes the white bicycle with him on the plane). In Vienna, they "appear'"at a press conference at Hotel Sacher inside a white bag (Bagism and total communication being part of their peace initiative) to promote their film "Rape." One source claims that, instead of appearing inside a white bag, they are covered by a white sheet. “How do we know it’s you?” members of the press inquired of the bagged-up Lennons. ["Made a lightning trip to Vienna / Eating chocolate cake in a bag / The newspapers said, / 'She's gone to his head / They look just like two gurus in drag'..." -- John Lennon]. That evening, their film "Rape" premieres on Austrian television. Commenting upon John's recent activities, the Daily Mirror reports that, "...a not inconsiderable talent...seems to have gone completely off his rocker."

 

 

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