War is Over! If You Want It – Happy Christmas from John & Yoko
np: John Lennon and Yoko Ono, 1969. First edition. Offset. 6 x 8 in. Near fine, light bumps to edges. Item #6672
Created as a part of the couple’s massive publicity campaign for peace, highlighted by their infamous “Bed-In.” The message “War is Over / If you want it / Happy Christmas from John and Yoko” was made ubiquitous, with flyers and handbills distributed widely to passers-by by who?, hung in windows of homes, and pasted throughout public spaces.
The campaign was followed by the release of the song “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” in 1971, which solidified the phrase in the public lexicon.
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