Some Throwback Positivity: Old Contract Shows The Beatles Used Their Popularity To Fight Segregation

Old Contract Shows The Beatles Took A Stand Against Segregation Where Performances Were Concerned

Apparently, The Beatles were about activism and equality long before they grew their hair out and started doing heavy duty drugs.

The Fab Four refused to play before a segregated audience in a 1965, according to a Beatles contract that was auctioned off for $23,000 on Tuesday.

The contract — signed by Beatles manager Brian Epstein — was for an August 31, 1965, show at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California. The concert was part of a Beatles’ third major tour of the United States, following the release of “Help!”

In the document, it specified that the band “would not perform in front of a segregated audience” and came the year after the Beatles initially refused to play a segregated show at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida. The band performed after city officials allowed the crowd to be integrated.

It also called for at least 150 uniformed police officers for protection and for “$40,000 guaranteed against 65% of the gross box office receipts over $77,000.”

Go Beatles! Too bad all artists didn’t have this kind of integrity back then…

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