Sears, Roebuck & Co. introduced the Gene Autry Round-up guitar in autumn 1932, when American families regularly tuned in to hear the Singing Cowboy.
To walk through the Martin factory and museum is to see the past, present and future of the American acoustic guitar — not to mention the stars’ guitars.
Expert explains how to tell the difference between an authentic vintage concert T-shirt and a reproduction, plus how to care for and archive your wearables.
Today, it’s unthinkable to see a favorite band perform and leave without a concert T-shirt. But the merch-table staples are relatively new as collectibles.
A young porter at the Atlantic Hotel in Newquay, U.K., where The Beatles stayed from Sept. 12-15, 1967, obtained the signatures on the gatefold of this U.K., first-issue mono pressing.
The 48-foot-long banner features larger-than-life photos of original band members Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss in all their spandex and stage-makeup glory.
Highlights include a hand-painted color model cel with detailed production notes (especially Ringo’s rings) for The Beatles’ ‘Yellow Submarine’ characters.
Houston-based Backstage Auctions marks its 10th anniversary specializing in selling music-related memorabilia consigned by artists and industry insiders.
A limited-edition print showing a nude John Lennon embracing a clothed Yoko Ono that was taken hours before Lennon’s death is one of the lots featured in Sotheby’s upcoming Photographs auction. The photograph by Annie Leibovitz, was meant to be used to promote the couple’s “Double Fantasy” album.
Even rock stars have first drafts. Before KISS wrapped “Rock and Roll All Nite,” the band tested the waters with an alternate take preserved on an acetate.