Lenny Bruce – Signed 1963 Concert Contract
A very rare Lenny Bruce signed contract for a series of shows by Bruce at the LeGrand Theatre in Hollywood during May, 1963. Bruce was arrested for indecency during this engagement–he had been in and out of court around this time on indecency and narcotics charges, and had the month before had charges dismissed by a Los Angeles judge. The contract is signed boldly in blue ballpoint by Lenny Bruce and on behalf of the LeGrand Theatre by it's owner Oscar Ostroff. The contract has much fascinating content, in terms of the profit split (Lenny got 50% of the gross for the first $3,000, then 65%), Bruce's contribution to the advertising expenses, sound system, admission price, etc. This contract came from the collection of Herb Cohen, who was Bruce's manager at the time, and later managed Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention (and later released a Bruce album on his & Zappa's Bizarre Records.) 8 1/2" x 11," in excellent condition. As with everything we offer, guaranteed authentic without time limit. Historic, to say the least !
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