Today, at an artsy holiday party called the “Alchemical Wedding,” John and Yoko appeared publicly in a bag for the first time — though certainly not the last. In fact “Bagism” became enough of a thing that it has its own Wikipedia page. And I quote:

The intent of bagism was to satirize prejudice and stereotyping. Bagism involved literally wearing a bag over one’s entire body. According to John and Yoko, by living in a bag, a person could not be judged by others on the basis of skin colour, gender, hair length, attire, age, or any other such attributes.

But today, there was not yet any such theoretical framework, just a piece of performance art:

John and Yoko climbed into a large white bag on stage, sat cross-legged, knee-to-knee, hunkered down and closed the bag. They moved only twice in 45 minutes, hunkering further down. This was a strong challenge to the audience.

[As writer Lee Harris noted later:] “Musicians played, poets ranted, and John and Yoko crept into their white sheet-like bag on the stage and stayed there out of sight for what seemed like ages. I watched a baby crawl slowly by. And that was the bag happening. All mayhem broke out when a young female member of the audience stripped off her clothes and danced in naked delight. When the police were called and attendants tried to remove her, groups of people started stripping off their clothes in solidarity. There was a retreat and a truce was worked out, and no-one was arrested. The nude girl incident, with accompanying photo, made the front pages of the London evening papers.”

Despite exhaustive research, I have been unable to find any photographic or journalistic record of this “nude girl incident.” Nor can I formulate the really good (though probably offensive) joke that I know is hiding in there somewhere about holes and the Albert Hall. It seems destined to be a day of failure.

Meanwhile, though, this day in 1968 was also Keith Richards’ 25th birthday, which he spent standing around and looking cool — I think in an airport? — with Mick Jagger and Anita Pallenberg.

I wonder — is Mick, perhaps, reading about the nude girl incident?

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