As part of the Underground Christmas Party, a happening taking place at the Royal Albert Hall in London, John Lennon and Yoko Ono appeared onstage inside a large white bag.
The event was held by the Arts Lab, which attempted to challenge audiences, to encourage them to become active participants rather than passive consumers.
The couple’s 30-minute conceptual performance was titled Alchemical Wedding. The bag was, they explained, to ensure “total communication” with the audience. The following year the concept was reintroduced by the pair as Bagism, an attempt to satirize prejudice and stereotyping.
Lennon and Ono sat on the side of the stage as other poets and musicians performed at the event. When their time came, they entered the bag, remaining there while a man played a flute.
Lennon and Ono initially sat cross-legged inside the bag. They moved only twice during the performance, to lie closer to the floor.
During the performance a protestor ran to the stage, holding a banner about the British government’s involvement in the Nigerian civil war. “Do you care, John Lennon? Do you care?” the protestor shouted at the couple.
Also on this day...
- 2020: Album release: McCartney III by Paul McCartney
- 2010: Paul McCartney live: Hammersmith Apollo, London
- 2009: McCartney on X Factor chart battle, video for (I Want To) Come Home
- 1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono are interviewed by Associated Press
- 1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono are interviewed for CBC-TV
- 1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono record a message for Japanese radio
- 1966: Paul McCartney and Jane Asher attend the première of The Family Way
- 1966: Tara Browne dies
- 1963: Radio: From Us To You
- 1962: Live: Star-Club, Hamburg
- 1962: Travel: Liverpool to Hamburg
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
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Interesting description of the event in William Shaw’s new book, “House Of Knives”.