Sunday, December 18, 2011

December 18: An Alchemical Wedding

1968 At a Christmas party called 'An Alchemical Wedding', put on by Arts Lab at the Albert Hall in London, John Lennon and Yoko Ono appeared – or not – inside a large bag. This was the start of what Ono termed 'bagism', the intent of which was to satirize prejudice and stereotyping.
From Wikipedia: Bagism is mentioned twice in Beatles songs. The first time is in 'The Ballad of John and Yoko' where Lennon refers to "eating chocolate cake in a bag", which was at the Vienna press conference, and the second is in the song 'Come Together' where he sings "He bag production." This is referring to Bag Productions Ltd, Lennon's public relations company, which derived its name from Bagism. Bagism is also alluded to in Lennon's own composition, 'Give Peace a Chance', with the line, "Everybody's talkin' about Bagism, Shagism, Dragism, Madism, Ragism, Tagism, This-ism, That-ism, ism, ism, ism".
Click for John LennonBagism website    Wilson's Almanac Book of Days hip list
John Lennon: Saint or sinner?        CounterCulture Wiki


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