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New Documents Prove The Beatles Declined To Play For Segregated Crowds

Life in the 1960’s was a crazy time. A lot of political change and culture change, and The Beatles were there for the ride. According to Ultimate Classic Rock, new documents prove that The Beatles declined to play to a “segregated crowd” during their USA tour in 1965.

Ringo Starr
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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. It’s glad to know The Beatles didn’t care what color you were, they were glad you enjoyed the music.

On a lighter note, Ringo Starr in these documents requested 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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