Hard Rock Cafe Ho Chi Minh City Memorabilia
Green Wool Coat
It’s often been said that Kinks guitarist Dave Davies invented heavy metal when he recorded “You Really Got Me” in 1964 for the band’s eponymous debut album. In fact, this distortion-drenched power chord anthem may have invented heavy metal and punk rock simultaneously. Dave achieved the song’s distinctive guitar tone by slicing his amp’s speaker with a razor blade – the resulting fuzzy distortion has been a mainstay of rock music ever since. When the band hit the road in support of the album, Dave took this green wool coat with him as stagewear. He was photographed wearing it countless times in the mid-sixties.
London tailor Douglas Millings was the go-to clothier for The Beatles throughout the early part of their career. Consequently, his suit designs became as much a part of Beatle fashion as the "mop top" haircut. This is one of the suits he made for John Lennon. By ’66, John had abandoned the “Fab Four” image this suit represented and embraced the more individualistic, free spirited look that defined his late-sixties “warrior for peace” persona.
Red Rickenbacker 4001 Guitar
There’s an oft-told joke in rock ’n’ roll that goes something like this: “Who’d win in a fight between Lemmy and God? Trick question! Lemmy IS God!” Hyperbole aside, Lemmy Kilmister and his band Motörhead are the greatest, crankingest, fastest, most completely awesome group of rock ’n’ rollers in the history of this – or any other – planet. Is there a riff more pulse-pounding than “Ace of Spades”? No. There is not. With wry humor, a stack of Marshall amps and the most famous set of facial moles in rock, Lemmy has conquered the universe. He used this red Rickenbacker 4001 during the recording of Motörhead’s eleventh studio album, Bastards.
When the rock ’n’ roll superheroes of Kiss took the stage in Roanoke, Virginia, on May 30, 2000, Paul “Starchild” Stanley used this custom Washburn guitar to whip the crowd into the kind of frenzy only a Kiss concert can inspire. Paul was gracious enough to donate 20 guitars after the 2000 tour. This one will make you want to drive a muscle car to the local make-out spot.
The Beach Boys
This contract is between Capitol Records and Brian Wilson for Brian’s production of the song “Endless Sleep”. It specifically addresses the use of Carl Wilson as background singer. Brian might have been a little nervous going into this recording – the Beach Boys got a bit of competition 11 days before this contract was signed when a new group from England debuted on The Ed Sullivan Show. The group was called “The Beatles”.