Hard Rock Café music memorabilia collection


2015-06-26 11:01:55


The Hard Rock Café music memorabilia collection is “the largest and … most valuable music memorabilia collection on the planet”, according to the Hard Rock Café website.

The Hard Rock Café

The café was first founded and opened in London in 1971, by Isaac Tigrett and Peter Morton.

It now has a total of 169 venues in 52 countries, including 134 cafes and 14 Hotels/Casinos.

It is described as “one of the world's most globally recognized brands” by the website.

The collection

The Hard Rock collection began in 1979. According to the website: “It all started with one guitar … a red Fender, in fact, donated by its owner, Eric Clapton.”

In response, Pete Townshend of The Who donated one of his guitars, with a note saying: “Mine’s as good as his! Love, Pete.”

The collection now has over 70,000 items, from artists including The Beatles, James Brown, Bob Dylan, Guns n Roses, Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Holly, John Lennon, Madonna, |Mötley Crüe, Elvis Presley, Queen, the Rolling Stones and The Who.

The collection is made up of vintage clothing, documents, ephemera, musical instruments, posters, photos, vehicles and miscellaneous items, dating from the 1940s to the present day.

A highlight is the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour Bus from 1967. It weighs 5 tons and is the largest single item in the collection.

Also Beatles-related is a section of the original Cavern Club stage, where the Beatles made their name in the 1960s.

Other notable items include Bob Dylan’s custom Nudie Cohn “Jesus” jacket from his late 70s ‘born-again’ period, a 1967 custom SG guitar which belonged to Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Holly’s iconic horn-rimmed glasses, Elvis Presley’s Jailhouse Rock denim jacket and Michael Jackson's sequined glove.

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