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JOHN LENNON’S RUBBER SOUL JACKET
This is the one. Our greatest piece of Beatles wardrobe. This is the brown suede jacket John Lennon wore on the cover of Rubber Soul. Combine this jacket with a black turtleneck and you’ll look like a former mop-top who’s just beginning to realize his own creative genius – just like John in ’65. Unlike so many of the D.A. Millings matching suits the Beatles wore, this jacket was not part of any band “uniform”. In many ways, it represents John’s boredom with the machinery of the Beatles’s image. By ’65, he just wanted to look cool and be comfortable. This jacket fit the bill nicely. It’s one of the most treasured pieces in our collection.

GLAM ROCK OVERLOAD!

The New York Dolls are easily among the most influential bands of their time. Like the Velvet Underground before them, the Dolls’ sound and style inspired a thousand bands and almost single-handedly kickstarted the glam rock movement. This poster is almost too good: the New York Dolls in their mid-‘70s heyday with a new group called Kiss opening up. And the show was only five bucks!

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BEAT IT!

This is it. The real one. The red jacket that spawned an infinite number of dubious imitations in the ’80s. Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” jacket. This is an incredibly iconic piece of wardrobe from the 1980s and you probably had one similar in your closet (don’t lie). Of all the clothing we own (and we own a lot), this jacket stands alone as the single most significant piece of pop culture in our collection. It’s got a sort of “Sgt. Pepper/Members Only” vibe and over twenty superfluous zippers. That equals awesome. Interestingly, there’s a backstage pass sticker from a 1983 Liza Minelli show attached to the inside of the jacket.

KEITH RICHARDS’ GIBSON SG

In an art form predicated on excess, the Stones’ 1972 American tour in support of their landmark double l.p. ‘Exile On Main Street’ remains the standard by which all rock ’n’ roll debauchery must be judged. The tour was like a gang of English pirates descending on the colonies bent on rape and pillage. It was truly sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll – in other words, awesome. Head swashbuckler Keith Richards wielded this badass Gibson SG on that legendary tour the way Blackbeard brandished a cutlass.

MICHAEL JACKSON’S YEARBOOK
This is the 1971 yearbook from The Walton School – a prestigious private institution that was in Panorama City, Ca. That’s a 13 year old Michael Jackson on the left wearing the extra-groovy and oh-so-seventies hat. By this point, Michael was already a huge star, so he attended this school with other children of privilege. Walton was a particularly liberal-minded and progressive school, so it was a perfect place for the budding King of Pop to try to fit some learning into his crazy schedule. Check out the other kids in this book – especially the cool guy in the lower right corner. Yes, he is smoking a cigarette in his school yearbook. He also looks suspiciously like Joey Ramone.

ACE FREHLEY’S ALIVE! OUTFIT

We own a lot of Kiss costumes, but this one’s the best. Ace Frehley wore it in ’75 on the Alive! tour. Check out the burn mark on the right thigh. It’s from Ace’s “smoking guitar” routine. Too cool. Ace once told us that this costume was a hassle to wear because the shoulder rings would get in his way. He was constantly adjusting them mid-show.

JIMI HENDRIX’ “EYEBALL JACKET”

Check this shirt out. You’ve got to be Jimi Hendrix to sport something this badass and over the top. The Voodoo Child called it his “eyeball jacket” and it was designed by Chris Jagger (he’s got a brother named Mick – you may have heard of him). Jimi loved this shirt so much, he wore it on the cover of his first album, ‘Are You Experienced?’, and on his final studio release, 'Electric Ladyland’. It’s hard to imagine a contemporary artist wearing the same clothes on two different albums – they’re all too uptight. This is one of the finest pieces in our collection. It’s currently on display at the Hard Rock Cafe in Warsaw, Poland.

ALICIA KEYS IN THE LENNON ROOM

The incredible Alicia Keys at the piano in Hard Rock Orlando’s “Lennon Room” in 2001. This piano has been signed by some major keyboard icons; including: FATS DOMINO, DAVE BRUBECK, PAUL McCARTNEY, STEVIE WONDER (a thumbprint!), ELTON JOHN, BRIAN WILSON and a bunch more. (Photo by Dan Higgins)

MEGO KISS DOLLS
We’ve got some exceptionally cool old rock ’n’ roll toys around here, but these Kiss dolls may be the best. They’re part of ’70s toy company Mego’s collection. When these dolls were released, there was a television commercial that featured an amazing jingle: “KISS! THAT’S THEIR NAME! KISS! THEY MIGHT BE INSANE! KISS! IF ROCK’S YOUR GAME, IT’S KISS!” The fact that Paul Stanley has a head that was left over from Mego’s poor-selling “Captain and Tennile” dolls is our favorite thing about these babies, though. It’s true – Paul’s the Captain.