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webmaster@beyondthebeatles.com February 2018

About Bed / Peace - Al Capp’s Caustic Exchange

     John Lennon was not among his fans. Al Capp famously quarreled with him and Yoko Ono during their 1969 Bed-In for Peace in Montreal.

Capp insulted Yoko, saying to John, "Good God, you've gotta live with that?" He accused John of staging the Bed-In for money. “Do you think I could earn money by some other way, sitting in bed for seven days, taking shit from people like you?” Lennon retorted. “I could write a song in an hour.”

     During the turmoil of the late 1960's and early 1970's, Capp appeared on campus as a defender of traditional values, inviting hecklers and trading barbs with students. That is no doubt how he ended up with an invitation to visit John Lennon and Yoko Ono during their Bed-In from May 26-June 1, 1969 in Montreal.

Capp walked in and said, "I'm a dreadful Neanderthal fascist. How do you do?" He then mocked them for publishing nude pictures of themselves.

“Clearly you must have felt the world wanted to know what your private parts looked like,” he said. And when Lennon claimed to be a representative of the human race, Capp retorted, “Whatever race you’re the representative of, I ain’t part of it.”

The discussion devolved into an argument and after about 10 minutes Capp walked out.

Finished by Scandal

On his tours of college campuses, he openly berating and antagonizing the students and Vietnam War protesters he loathed;
Numerous co-eds claim Capp lured them into locked rooms and attacked them, sometimes hopping naked on his single leg;
Famous women who alleged predatory attacks included actresses Grace Kelly and Goldie Hawn.
Sex scandal headlines, including charges from investigative journalists Jack Anderson and Britt Hume, rocked Capp’s late career.
Rocked by scandal, bad publicity, and drastically reduced circulation, he retired and and soon died in disgrace.


Al Capp earned legions of fans for his bitingly satirical cartoon strip Li’l Abner. President Richard Nixon and Queen Elizabeth admired his work, as did William F. Buckley, Al Hirschfeld, Harpo Marx, John Kenneth Galbraith and John Updike. In 1953, John Steinbeck called him ‘possibly the best writer in the world today.’