The Beatles banned segregated audiences at their shows

19.09.11

A contract has been unearthed from a 1965 Beatles show which reveals that the band stipulated legally that they would not perform in front of segregated audiences, according to the BBC .

The document, which will be auctioned next week, is signed by the band’s manager Brian Epstein, and states clearly that the stars “not be required to perform in front of a segregated audience”. The band also famously supported civil rights by refusing to play at a segregated gig at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1964.

Aside from racial equality, other demands outlined in the newly-revealed contract include a special drumming platform for Ringo Starr.