Wednesday 23 December 2015

Ritchie Yorke's first person story of John and Yoko's bed-in now available as E-Book

Christ You Know It Ain't Easy - Yorke tells all about Lennon and Ono Bed-In

Author and journalist Ritchie Yorke is back in his home in Australia after a successful trip to Toronto to launch his first person account of John and Yoko’s Canadian Peace Campaign of 1969 and 1970.  The Montreal Bed In. The Toronto Varsity Rock Concert.  John and Pierre. Traveling the World For Peace. This is the real story, the real truth.
Yorke, Canada’s first counter-culture journalist, was in Toronto to overseeing the publication of CHRIST YOU KNOW IT AIN’T EASY: JOHN AND YOKO’S BATTLE FOR PEACE.
The eBook was published on October 9, which would have been John Lennon’s 75th birthday. Yorke produced his book with the assistance and co-operation of Yoko Ono who has written the foreword.  As of December 21st, that e-book is now available worldwide on Amazon, Kobo and other popular on-line bookstores.
“ I assisted in bringing the Lennons back to Canada in December 1969 to unveil their historic War Is Over If You Want It peace campaign, and to meet with communications prophet Marshall McLuhan and Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.” writes the Australian journalist. “During John and Yoko’s Canadian stay, I was given an ultimatum by my employer.  I was instructed to either quit my Globe and Mail columnist job to join the War Is Over If You Want It peace campaign, or get back to toiling at the Globe.  Some choice! ”
The editor told him that he couldn’t work for John Lennon and the Globe at the same time and that he had to make a choice between them. It took him about a sixth of a second to decide!
In the early 1970s Yorke found himself stuck in the middle of a world in change. He was passionately caught up in the Peace cause. He travelled around the planet selling the gospel of peace on the Lennons’ behalf (he and travel buddy, rockabilly legend Rompin’ Ronnie Hawkins thundered through 15 countries and 52,000 miles in five weeks).  They were all over the front pages of Hong Kong tabloids – seizing headlines when he and the Hawk risked their lives illegally crossing into Red China to present the War Is Over message to the Communist Chinese at Lok-ma-Chau.
Stevie Wonder dropped by before the official launch talk Ritchie and hear about the book

Before leaving Canada Ritchie Yorke sat with me and videographer and talked about his new Lennon book. The resulting video is posted above!