McCartney
NewsCenter : Latest Beatle & McCartney News from MACCAcentral.com
Please Wait

Loading Content
Next »

Beatles' anti-segregation contract sells for $23,000

A Beatles contract for a 1965 California concert that reveals that the Fab Four refused to play before a segregated audience has sold for $23,033 -- more than four times its estimated price

The contract, which was signed by the Liverpool group's manager, Brian Epstein, specified that they "not be required to perform in front of a segregated audience" for their August 31, 1965, show at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California.

It sold far above the pre-auction estimate of $3,000 to $5,000 at a Los Angeles auction held on Tuesday by Nate D. Sanders. The buyer was not disclosed.

The Cow Palace concert was part of the Beatles' third major tour of the United States. Signed on March 24, 1965, the contract guaranteed the band $40,000 against gross box office receipts of more than $77,000.

In addition to the desegregation requirement, the agreement called for at least 150 uniformed police officers for protection and a special drumming platform for Ringo.

It followed a public stand the Beatles took in 1964, during their first American tour, when they refused to perform at a segregated concert at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida. City officials relented, allowing the stadium to be integrated, and the band did take the stage for that show.

(Reporting by Christine Kearney; Editing by Jill Serjeant)

.

view comments Comments (0)

0 people have commented on this story so far. Tell us what you think below.
Please enter your name, city, email and comment below:

Add a comment to this article:

Beatles' anti-segregation contract sells for $23,000


  Name:
  Email:
  City/Country:
  Enter your comment:
  You have  characters left.
Enter the text as it is shown below:
captcha This extra step helps prevent automated abuse of this feature. Please enter the characters exactly as you see them.

        
NOTE: The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Click here to review our Terms of Use. Report any abusive comments by clicking the report icon. This feature allows both website guests and members to participate. All comments currently are separate from the oBLOGdi-oBLOGda forums but a method is being worked on so comments are interchangable.

Search Amazon

Share

 Today in Beatle History:

Today in Beatle History


Related Stories

Search News Archive


Sign up to our newsletter

Get the most from MACCA Central

Newsletter is under construction.

News Summary

A Beatles contract for a 1965 California concert that reveals that the Fab Four refused to play before a segregated audience has sold for $23,033 -- more than four times its estimated price