Two Minute Long Beatles Video from 1964 Is Silent, Worth $10,000

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In September 1964, Kansas City teenager Drew Dimmel brought his Super 8 camera to a Beatles concert. He persuaded a local reporter to sneak the camera up to the stage and capture a couple minutes of silent footage. Forty-four years later, Dimmel found the recording stowed away in a desk drawer at his parents' house. He's now putting it up for auction: the film is expected to land $10,000 at a British auction house.


So what does this have to do with baseball? The concert was hosted by Charlie Finley at the home park of the Kansas City A's.

The gig at the Municipal Stadium in Kansas was controversial because of the unpopularity of Charles Finley, owner of the Kansas City Athletics Baseball Team.

The local press urged a boycott of the concert in protest against Finley and as a result the stadium was almost half empty.

The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein had managed to negotiate a fee of $150,000 for the gig, which helped leave Finley out of pocket.

Dear Kansas City residents in 1964 who actually changed their minds about attending a 30-minute Beatles concert because they listened to the local press: you're all dummies. I hate you.

(We owe 17 cases of Coke Zero to BBTF Newsblog)


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11 Comments

I have a meat hangover. My sweat smells like beef.

An online inflation calculator tells me that $150k in '64 is the equivalent of nearly $1M today. The Beatles must have been huge, that's like Jonas Brothers money...

MORNING ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS NOBODY ASKED:

So where's the usual MATQNA post? Beats me, maybe CTC shipped it out with some Zucchini.

What did Wahoo have at the Palm last night? If it were me, it would have been the filet (rare) with creamed spinach and hash browns, with a maker's mark manhattan.

There was no baseball last night. There are no questions. There are no answers. There are only quiet moptop videos.

Crab Meat, chopped tomato and onion salad, double cut strip steak medium rare, half and half (cottage fries and fried onions), creamed spinach, two stoli rocks and a lovely Chateau Lafite Bordeaux red.

So is Drew gonna do a guest post on WoW, too?

Chief,

Now that's a meal. No wonder you've got the meat sweats today.

"The gig at the Municipal Stadium in Kansas was controversial because of the unpopularity of Charles Finley, owner of the Kansas City Athletics Baseball Team."

Hmm. Kansas City residents perhaps didn't show up because they were no doubt confused by those telling them that Municipal Stadium was located in Kansas; therefore, they didn't know where to go. All along they had been laboring under the (correct) assumption that Municipal Stadium was, in fact, LOCATED IN MISSOURI.

Silly mainstream media.

@Honeynut

No.

Fuck Charles Finley. If he wasn't such a tightwad dickweed asshole fuckface, those 70's A's could have stayed together and kept winning World Series. At least the next two, thereby shutting up Joe Morgan.

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