In 1972, John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, made a strategic and historic week-long guest appearance on the hit talk/variety television program The Mike Douglas Show hoping to get their counterculture message across to middle America. Day two, February 15, 1972, features yippie political provocateur Jerry Rubin alienating Douglas with an antiwar, anti-Nixon diatribe. Douglas sings "With a Little Help From My Friends" and Yoko Ono, John Lennon, and the Plastic Ono Band With Elephant's Memory sing "Midsummer New York," with Rubin and filmmaker Barbara Loden accompanying on vocals and bongos. Other guests include Dr. Jesse Steinfeld, who was the U.S. Surgeon General, and Yellow Pearl, an Asian-American folk/protest musical duo. Highlights include a music video of "Oh My Love" from Lennon's Imagine LP, and several performance art pieces, including "Audience Shouts Spontaneously," "Unfinished Painting," and "Mend Piece," the latter two continuing from the previous day.
by Steve Blackburn synopsis