The Byrds – Fully Signed Management Contract Exhibited at Grammy Museum

A historic 1967 management contract for The Byrds and The Jet Set, their previous incarnation. This 10 page document is signed by the original lineup–David Crosby, Jim McGuinn, Chris Hillman, Michael Clarke, and Gene Clark (who signs using his legal name Harold Clark.) This document unravels the Byrds and Jet Set’s original management contracts with managers Eddie Tickner and Jim Dickson and formalizes a royalty arrangement with Naomi Hirschorn, who provided cash to the band in their earliest days.

There is a tremendous amount of detail regarding royalties, outstanding loan repayment, their record contract with Columbia Records, and the Byrds and Jet Set’s business affairs. We have never before seen any documentation of the Jet Set, which was McGuinn, Crosby and Clark’s band just before they became the Byrds. The contract is autographed on the final page by all 5 band members (though at this point, Crosby and Clark were no longer members–but shared in past royalties;) Tickner, Dickson, and Hirshhorn (who invested $5000 for a 5% share in the then-unknown Byrds, enabling them to buy state-of-the-art equipment including a 12-string Rickenbacker guitar for Roger McGuinn, a Fender bass for Chris Hillman (who was previously using a cheap Japanese bass) and a full drum kit for Michael Clark (who was previously using cardboard boxes!). A second page is initialed by all of the band members, and other signers.

This contract was exhibited at Los Angeles’s Grammy Museum, as part of their 2014 exhibition California Dreamin’: The Sounds of Laurel Canyon, 1965-1977.  A letter from The Grammy Museum acknowledging the exhibition of the contract is included. Truly a museum quality Byrds collectible. With Recordmecca’s written lifetime guarantee of authenticity.

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