Beatles Refused to Play to Segregated Crowds

Contract also calls for 150 police officers for Cow Palace show
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2011 8:02 AM CDT
A photograph of the Beatles by Astrid Kurchherr on display during the Guernsey's Rock & Roll Auction Press Preview at Guernsey's Auction House on September 14, 2011 in New York City.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – When the Beatles toured the United States, the band had a few concert demands: at least 150 uniformed police officers, a $40,000 fee—and no segregated audiences, according to the contract for the Beatles' 1965 concert at Cow Palace in California, reports the BBC. The contract is set to be auctioned tomorrow in Los Angeles, where it is expected to fetch $5,000. "We never play to segregated audiences and we aren't going to start now," John Lennon once said. "I'd sooner lose our appearance money." (And in other celebrity auction news...)

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