Brian Epstein’s worn & personally owned “Stamp out The Beatles” sweat shirt.
It has long been the assumption that the Stamp Out Beatles “campaign” was part of the 1966 backlash against Lennon’s so-called “Jesus statement”, after an old interview was reprinted in the US teen mag Datebook (also available).
In fact, it was a PR stunt by W.T Rabe for his clients the University of Detroit, Lake Superior State College, Mackinac Island. He was also responsible for other “hilarious” ruses such as Silent Records, Unicorn Hunts and Word Banishment. Peter Murphy, a clean cut (& buzz cut) student was cajoled into fronting the “Stamp Out the Beatles” campaign.
The campaign supposedly related objections to the Beatles long hair. John Lennon commented “They think your haircuts are un-American. Well, it was very observant of them because we aren’t American actually.” Later at a NYC press conference McCartney also reacted “We’re going to stamp out Detroit!” .”
Samples of the merchandise : sweatshirts, bumper stickers etc were sent to the hotel where The Beatles were staying in Florida. There are two photos of Epstein wearing one of the sweatshirt at the hotel – oten credit to Maurice Kinn, however, his son Adam Kinn emailed POPT, “The photo of Brian was not taken by my father Maurice Kinn, as he & my mother are both in the original shot. Also the date is incorrect (11th September), the photo was taken at the Deauville Hotel, Miami during the Beatles 2nd Ed Sullivan show 16th Feb 1964.”
So, finally, it has been established that Brian Epstein was wearing this while watching the Beatles’ 2nd appearance on the Ed Sullivan show…making it a unique artefact of that first US Tour -ten days that would ultimately change the course of popular culture.
While Dhani Harrison inherited his father’s sweat shirt (worn during the Sgt Pepper’s sessions) Epstein gave his to his former chauffeur and assistant Alfred Blackburn. Incidentally, Blackburn was sent to collect Joe Orton for a script meeting for the Beatles third film, Up Against It, only to discover Orton murdered by his boyfriend Kenneth Halliwell.
The sweat shirt was first auctioned in 1990 along with other items from Blackburn’s estate. It has been sold by both Bonhams and Julien’s Auctions in L.A . POPT not only has the original Brian Epstein sweatshirt available : Offers
but we’ve made a limited edition of 25 silk screened sweatshirts. While there are online sellers claiming ‘you’ll never find a better copy of the original’, here are near exact replicas, complete with cracks from 50 years of patina. £45 each
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