Arts, Culture & Media

Peace, love, lyrics and loot


John and Yoko original previously unpublished photo by Gail Renard (Image: ArtDaily,

Today, Christie's auctions a memento from John Lennon: his scrawled lyrics for “Give Peace a Chance.” Lennon gave the page to then-16-year-old Gail Renard in 1969 after she and a friend climbed up a fire escape to see him and Yoko Ono during their Montreal "bed-in."

Player utilities

Listen to the Story.

John and Yoko, in bed and on camera, as a war protest. Long before YouTube, Lennon envisioned his anti-war message spreading like a viral campaign.

But teeny-bopper Gail Renard wasn't so interested in war protest, as she was in getting next to a Beatle. Renard was there during the bed-in, and at the end of it, Lennon decided to compose and perform an anti-war anthem. Young Gail Renard was in charge with tambourines, and making sure the lyrics were legible. The result was the creation of the song, "Give Peace a Chance."

"The Takeaway" is PRI's new national morning news program, delivering the news and analysis you need to catch up, start your day, and prepare for what’s ahead. The show is a co-production of WNYC and PRI, in editorial collaboration with the BBC, The New York Times Radio, and WGBH.

More at