New documents show The Beatles would never play to ‘segregated’ crowd in the US

Items are expected to fetch over £3,000 at forthcoming LA auction

New documents have revealed The Beatles refused to play to a “segregated crowd” when they toured the US in the mid-1960s.

A contract and rider, which was drawn up ahead of a gig at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California, in 1965 has unveiled the political sensitivities and personal needs of the band at a time when racial tensions in the US were a serious issue, reports The Guardian.

The documents also request “no less than 150 uniformed police officers for protection” and a “special drumming platform for Ringo [Starr]“.


At the time, The Beatles‘ trailer was also required to have access to “electricity and water”, while “four cots, mirrors, an ice cooler, portable TV set and clean towels” were to be present in the Fab Four‘s dressing rooms.

The documents – signed by their manager Brian Epstein – are expected to fetch up to $5,000 (£3,170) at a Los Angeles-based auction on September 20.


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