Hard Rock Cafe Vienna Memorabilia
Classically trained and hugely talented, Felix Pappalardi was instrumental in forging the sound of late ’60s hard rock. His tenure as Mountain’s bass player is well documented, but it was as a producer that Felix really found his calling. From Joan Baez to Cream to The Dead Boys, Felix covered a lot of ground. He owned this elaborately embroidered scarf in the early ‘70s.
In the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, the Cars dominated music charts worldwide with their inventive blend of new wave and classic rock ‘n’ roll. Their brilliant guitarist, Elliot Easton, owned this extremely unique American Showster AS-57 guitar. Its design is based on the legendary 1957 Chevy Bel Air tail fin.
This absolutely unique, hand-built electric guitar was lovingly carved and bestowed upon Frank Zappa by an adoring fan. That's the kind of loyalty the Mothers of Invention inventor inspired. But then, to be a Zappa fan is an announcement you're not like everyone else – and Zappa was like no other rock star. Through 60-plus albums, Frank Zappa was unequaled in his ability to innovate, excite and provoke.
If we had to make a list of our favorite rock stars, Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen would probably top the list. Rick represents everything a great pop artist should be – charismatic, cool and wildly talented. He also has an absolutely amazing collection of vintage and custom guitars. This Hamer Standard, with Rick's signature checkerboard motif, was used extensively on tour with Cheap Trick.
The British blues scene would never have happened the way it did without John Mayall. Though a host of brilliant musicians played with John in the London clubs of the ’60s, it was his enlistment of Eric Clapton for the Blues Breakers that really cemented his legacy. The result was one of the most influential albums of all time – 1966’s ‘Blues Breakers Featuring Eric Clapton’. This was one of John’s guitars. He did all the woodburning work himself.
Though Ian Anderson’s flute playing is the most famous element of Jethro Tull’s music, guitarist Martin Barre has been a crucial element of the group’s success since the late ‘60s. This Hamer guitar was custom-built for Martin and he used it to record Jethro Tull’s 1980 album ‘A’.
This unique piccolo trumpet was played with great effect by British orchestral musician David Mason on the recording of “Penny Lane.” He played the middle solo and the Bach-like figure on the song’s outro with this horn, catapulting him into pop culture history. In a way, Mr. Mason and this trumpet upstaged the Beatles on their own turf – the trumpet solo on “Penny Lane” is arguably the single most identifiable part of the song.