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The Beatles Refused to Play to Segregated Crowds

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New documents prove that The Beatles declined to play to a “segregated crowd” during their USA tour in 1965. A contract and rider that was drawn up prior to their performance at the Cow Palace in Daly City, Calif. reveals both these political sensitivities and the personal needs of the band.

These forms, signed by their manager Brian Epstein, are expected to fetch up to $5,000 at a Los Angeles based auction taking place on Sept. 20. This contract is a reminder of how things have changed over the years. At the time it was written, racial tensions were a very serious issue in the country.

On a lighter note, it’s also documented that Ringo Starr would need a special platform for his drum kit and that their trailer would require access to electricity and water. Their dressing rooms were to accommodate them with four cots, mirrors, an ice cooler, portable TV set and clean towels.

Compared to today’s standards, when bands have been known to request single colored M&M’s and flowers galore, the Fab Four must have been an absolute dream to work with.

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