Item : FF2290 Brian Epstein owned Stamp Out Beatles Sweatshirt
Brian Epstein’s worn & personally owned “Stamp out The Beatles” sweat shirt.
It had been a long assumption that the Stamp Out Beatles “campaign” was part of the backlash against Lennon’s so-called “Jesus statement” when an old interview was misrepresented in Datebook magazine (also available) in 1966.
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 “Stamp Out Beatles” campaign supposedly related to a group who objected 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.” At a later NYC press conference McCartney also reacted “We’re going to stamp out Detroit!” .”
Samples of the merchandise : sweatshirts, bumper stickers etc were sent the hotel where The Beatles were staying in Florida.
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 (Sept 11) : the photo was taken at the Deauville Hotel, Miami during the Beatles 2nd Ed Sullivan show 16th Feb 1964.”
While Dhani Harrison inherited his father’s sweat shirt (worn during the Sgt Pepper’s sessions) Epstein gifted 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 previously sold by both Bonhams and Julien’s Auctions in L.A .
It is sold with provenance and a detailed auction record.
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