Guest Author - Lizz Shepherd
John Lennon�s handwritten lyrics to Give Peace a Chance will be auctioned off next month. They were handed to Gail Renard during the famous bed-in in 1969. At the time, Renard was a 16-year old who wanted to interview John and Yoko for her high school paper. Sneaking past security guards to get to the bed in-suite, a candy bar and a box of crayons got Renard inside to see Lennon. The candy bar went to Lennon and the crayons went to Ono's daughter Kyoko. Had Renard arrived with a slinky there's no telling what kind of treasured memorabilia she could have been given.
Renard was asked by Lennon to stay for the entire eight-day bed-in. She stayed and was there during the recording of Give Peace a Chance, on which she played a tambourine. There is no word on where her parents were during this time and whether they consented to the teen hanging out in a hotel room full of hippies for eight days.
Almost 40 years later the whole experience will net her a huge payday. The lyric sheet will be auctioned off by Christie's on July 10. The sheet is expected to bring in as much as $600,000. She is also selling a few dozen pictures that she took during the bed-in. There are a few other Beatle-related items being sold during the same auction such as a drum skin that was pictured on the cover of Sgt. Pepper's.
Forgotten how good Give Peace a Chance is? There's a remedy for that.
There is also a documentary about the Bed-In for Peace. Who knew? Btw- make sure you read the review of the video. Good stuff.