Hard Rock Cafe Almaty Memorabilia
Though there are many great album covers, only a few rise to the level of truly iconic. The Who’s 1971 masterpiece, ‘Who’s Next’, is one of the best. The cover shot of the band members in a bizarre industrial landscape (actually a coal-slag heap in the English mining village of Easington Colliery) walking away from a freshly urinated-upon concrete piling is a perfect tableau of post-’60s rock – bleak, rebellious, and self-consciously bratty. It’s quite possibly the perfect album cover. Bassist John Entwistle wore this outfit in the legendary photo.
One of the greatest things about rock ’n’ roll is its commitment to youthful rebellion and perpetual adolescence. No one personifies this spirit more than AC/DC guitarist Angus Young. With his schoolboy clothes, hyperactive stage presence and sledgehammer riffs, Angus has been rock's reigning delinquent for nearly 40 years. He used this Gibson SG in the studio in the early ‘90s.
Bassist Timothy B. Schmit joined California-based rock legends the Eagles in 1977 during the group’s epic tour in support of the ‘Hotel California’ album and has been with the band ever since. He played this Fender Jazz Bass on stage during their ‘Hell Freezes Over’ reunion tour from 1994-1996.
There are just a handful of guitarists who've changed the basic language of the instrument. Players like Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen and the Police's Andy Summers. Andy pioneered a textural, minimalist style that's influenced nearly everyone who picks up a guitar today. He's more of a sonic sculptor than a traditional guitar hero – which makes him unique among the guitar greats. Andy owned and played this lovely acoustic, built by Irish luthier George Lowden, in the early ’90s. An entirely handbuilt instrument, Lowden acoustics are among the finest in the world.
THE ROLLING STONES
When the rock gods set out to create the archetype of the cool guitar player, Keith Richards was clearly the result. “The Human Riff” is responsible for some of the most unforgettable moments in rock history – both on stage and off – and the Rolling Stones have now rolled through five decades of changing tastes and fashions to remain the Greatest Rock ’n’ Roll Band in the World. When asked how long a band can last, Keith famously replied: “When we’re done, you’ll know how long a band can last.” He wore this shirt on stage in the 1990s.
Rock 'n' roll has had plenty of princes, architects, originators and emancipators, but only one King. Elvis Aaron Presley is such a cultural icon it's almost impossible to imagine a world without his influence. Truly the first rock superstar, Elvis' soulful voice, loose swagger and hillbilly charisma are still the blueprint for this thing called rock 'n' roll. When Elvis stepped on stage, the girls wanted to be with him, and the boys wanted to be him – the very essence of cool. This suede jacket was part of his personal wardrobe in the late ‘60s.