Photog Who Shot Beatles Concert With a Fake Press Pass Sells the Pics for $45K


In 1965, amateur photographer Marc Weinstein used a fake press pass to get police to escort him stage-side at the historic Beatles concert in Shea Stadium. Now, almost 50 years later, he has sold all 61 of the images he captured there for a whopping £30,000 (or about $45,500). The story involves a little bit of bravery, a little bit of trickery, and a lot of luck.

The Beatles’ 1965 concert at Shea Stadium would go down in history as the biggest concert the band would ever play. Taking place at the height of their fame, McCartney, Lenon, Star and Harrison played for a then record-breaking crowd of over 55,000 people that day. One of those people was Marc Weinstein and his fake press pass. He tells,

I just blended with everybody there. I had a method of operation; I just acted like I belonged. Anybody in authority, I would look the other way.

The method seemed to work for him, because he was ultimately able to trick police men into escorting him right to the front of the stage. That’s where, as luck would have it, the only other photographer present happen to run out of film, which is probably why the photos sold a few days ago through Omega Auctions for about £10,000 more than anticipated.

The winner of the auction was Paul Fairweatherm, a “huge collector of Beatles memorabilia” who currently resides in Washington with 61 new black and white photos of his favorite band and about 45,500 fewer dollars to his name.

(via Examiner via DPReview)

  • Leonardo Abreu

    Hes has balls!

  • Maryan Khomych

    BTW I’d read a post about how to get real press pass

  • Nathan Blaney

    I think you’ll find that the best way is to actually work for a legitimate press outlet. Seems to work for me.

  • Nathan Blaney

    I wonder if he’d done better simply licensing the images for the past 50 years. 45K doesn’t seem like very much.

  • Thelightninggamejuststarted

    I can second this method. Works perfectly for me, too.

  • Michael J Glenn

    he probably could have made at least half that per year (equivalent) by licensing thier use

  • Michael J Glenn

    multiplied by 4 plus decades and he could afford to start his own magazine. People never see the forest for the trees

  • kyoshinikon

    In my case me and my partner started our own media outlet. $70 later and we have credentials. The downside is that I cannot always go for the fun stuff but instead have to go for what we need to cover

  • kyoshinikon

    Additionally flashing the pass in socal often isn’t enough. We have to call in advance as we are a small agency to get on the list… So much work goes into getting our readers relevant content. 9/11 messed up the easy access thing.

  • junyo

    Today, he’d be arrested on 3 felony counts.

  • Nathan Blaney

    “call in advance”? Ummm… yeah. That’s how this stuff works and it never had anything to do with 9/11. Venues, tour managers, labels and publicists all control access to bands and concerts. You can have whatever “press pass” you’d like but if its not issued by the folks overseeing an event, you’re not getting in the photo pit.

  • Sid Ceaser

    Today, the bands label would issue a signed release saying all the images belong to the record label with total copyright.

  • Norm Cooper

    if only Michael JAckson had been there to counter bid at the auction… he coulda made Miillions!

  • PaulPetch

    I like his style

  • gabe sturdevant

    Somebody got a heck of a deal. Licensing alone is worth that a year.

  • kyoshinikon

    9/11 is an excuse we have been given as to why we have to be credentionalized through the event. It is more likely that people in the article were the reason why press passes don’t fly anymore but some of the local agencies have been around for so long a flash of the badge seems to be enough for the corespondents of that agency (security makes one call, some organizer runs down and gets them in without any hassle). We started our agency to cover what the other outlets don’t.

  • Ao

    Pedant mode on – Lennon, Starr,

  • Bernelle Aoki

    If you think Ronald`s story is unbelievable…, 5 weeks ago father in law also made the small fortune of $4391 just sitting there a fifteen hour week from there house and they’re classmate’s mother`s neighbour has done this for five months and got a cheque for over $4391 in there spare time from there pc. apply the steps at this site, ……………… BIT40. ℂom

  • Fanechka Bronson

    uptil I saw the draft four $4365, I be certain that…my… mom in-law actually receiving money in their spare time on their apple laptop.. there great aunt started doing this for only about 18 months and resantly paid for the loans on their villa and bought a new Lancia. this is where I went, ………. BIT40. ℂom

  • Mansgame

    This guy is my hero. I think his pictures are worth more but 45k is still not bad for an amateur :)

  • gkrun262

    I don’t see a problem with that…..he took some great pics of legends and for the right price they will be brought

  • Terry Thomas Photos

    I have several rolls of processed Tri-X that I shot at a Herman’s Hermits concert in
    Waco, Texas in the early ’60s.

    What is my first bid…?

  • Earl Jules

    Nathan – I think so as well. . . unless he just sold the photos and not the negatives…


  • ernaldin

    i believe Ringo spelled his last name like this..Starr., and John, Lennon?