Hard Rock Cafe Manchester Memorabilia
1955 Gibson J-45 Acoustic
There's a long and storied history of rock bands formed by brothers. Something in the family connection – the shared history, the common DNA, the fights – makes for some amazing rock 'n' roll. Oasis took sibling rivalry (and a healthy Beatles obsession) straight to the top of the charts and pretty much saved British pop music. Now over fifteen years into their career and with over fifty million albums sold, the Gallagher brothers have cemented their place among the English rock elite. This classic 1955 Gibson J-45 acoustic was used by Liam Gallagher on the song, “The Meaning of Soul”, from Oasis' 2005 album, Don't Believe the Truth.
Here’s a cool glimpse into the workings of a major rock tour. This ledger is from the Japanese leg of Clapton’s 1975 tour. This tour spawned Eric’s classic live album, E.C. Was Here. The group spent some money on the road. Check out all the advances to band members like Jamie Oldaker and Yvonne Elliman, not to mention the thousands given to Clapton for “toys”. Perhaps most intriguing though, is the huge chunk of change given to Pattie Boyd.
Paul McCartney; Pete Best
When The Beatles were honing their craft in Hamburg, Germany in 1960, they were given less than stellar accommodations by German promoter Bruno Koschmider. He stuck them in the Bambi Kino theater – a porn house he owned. When the boys took a better paying gig with a rival promoter, Paul McCartney and Pete Best bid farewell to the Kino in true adolescent style: they nailed a condom to the wall and lit it on fire. A small blaze ensued which got Pete and Paul arrested and deported. These documents are their attempt at contrition so they could get back into Germany and finish their lucrative contract. They don't mention the condom, though. They refer to it as “a piece of material.”
1977 Gibson ES-350
Here’s another one for the “incredibly cool guitars” pile – Izzy Stradlin’s Gibson ES-350 hollowbody. Usually considered more of a jazz guitar than a rock axe, the ES-350 is a big, smooth, fat-sounding instrument. When we picked this one up, we got a note from Izzy that reads, “’twas once my baby, this sunburst ES-350.”