Saturday, May 28, 2016

Pop Artifact: 1974 letter - signed by all four Beatles - authorizing rights to three Indian music albums

Via Heritage Auctions:

A one page document, 8" x 13", in which the rights, titles, and all interests in three albums are transferred, for a consideration of £100 (noted as received), from Apple Corps Limited to Ganga Distributors, B. V. Signed at the close as Apple Corps Directors: "Paul McCartney", "George Harrison", "R Starkey", and "John Lennon". The albums named were Ravi Shankar's Raga and In Concert 1972 as well as The Radha Krishna Temple, an album of Hindu devotional songs. 


To: Ganga Distributors B.V.
Dear Sirs 
In consideration of the sum of £100 receipt of which is hereby acknowledged we hereby assign to you all our right, title and interest including the copyright (if any) in the following recordings made by us subject to our continuing right to sell off inventory for our own account and your right to first refusal of purchase of such inventory at cost and to your indemnifying us against any adverse tax consequences of this assignment: 
L.P. Album Raga (Distributed in the United States only)
L.P. Album In Concert Sapcor 1002
L.P. Album Radha Krishna Temple Apple 3376 
This assignment is subject to all necessary Exchange Control consents being obtained. 
Yours faithfully, 
[signed] Paul McCartney
[signed] George Harrison
[signed] R Starkey
[signed] John Lennon 
Directors for and on behalf of APPLE CORPS LIMITED

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