Beatles Refused to Play to Segregated Audiences, Contract Reveals

Posted: September 16, 2011 in Music
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Gotta admit, this is just another reason to dig these guys. No matter where your musical preferences lie you cannot deny the fact that the “Fab Four” were both ground breaking and cool as the other side of the pillow. Now we canadd “principled” to that list of superlatives.

The Beatles refused to play for a segregated audience in 1965 at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, a recently released contract and concert rider reveals.

As the Guardian reports, the documents, signed by the band’s manager Brian Epstein, detail several routine demands for the then arena pop stars such as a trailer with “electricity and water” and dressing rooms with “four cots, mirrors, an ice cooler, portable TV set and clean towels.”

But the standout demand is that the band would “not be required to perform in front of a segregated audience,” a surprising stipulation given the state of racial tensions at the time.

The contract also details the band’s need for security. The Beatles requested “no less than 150 uniformed officers for protection” as well as a “special drumming platform forRingo [Starr].”

The contract will be auctioned off at Nate D Sanders in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sept. 20 and is expected to fetch up toward $5,000. Click over to the auction site to witness the historical documents.

Source: Spinner


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