You know you’ve made it to “rock icon status” when just your first name is enough.
Or Ringo, Slash, Axl, Bruce and Jim.
I’ve always been fascinated by the origins and beginnings of rock stars and collecting the related memorabilia to their early bands and careers.
Photos, set lists, business cards or even high school yearbooks, helps me understand and appreciate how they became who they are.
In this post I’ll share some of what I’ve been able to track down and find.
Ringo Rory Storm items are surprisingly still out there. While scoffed up by Ringo fanatics, handbills, photos and even posters of Ringo Pre “Fab Four” are still in existence.
Below a wonderful original photo of Ringo on stage with Rory Storm. Beard and all.
These items rarely show up if at all. Any Saul Hudson band related memorabilia before GNR days are nearly impossible to find.
Of course unless you’re Marc Canter author of Reckless Road. He has one of the most extensive collections of Slash and GNR memorabilia in the world.
You do on occasion see Hollywood Rose items for sale, mostly tickets to the Troub. Otherwise pre GNR memorabilia is hard to come by.
Below is a hand drawn flyer done by a young budding artist and guitarist Saul Hudson for one of Tidus’ gigs. This flyer can be seen in Marc Canter’s book Reckless Road. I’ve only seen two. An early band set list hand written by him. Check out the covers. Doodles and all.
His Junior High School Yearbook, 7th Grade from Sunnyside High School in Lafayette, Indiana, 1976.
Same wise ass grin in both photos. Like he knows something you don’t know. And guess what, he did.
You can and will see on occasion Bruce items pre-dating the infamous E Street Band.
I’ve seen Castilles business cards and photos show up now and then.
Early handbills and posters. Usually commanding ridiculous prices, these items are for the seasoned and perhaps even a very sophisticated collector with an interest in the very rare and unusual.
Below The Boss’ high School Yearbook.
The Doors was of course Jim’s first rock band. While Ray played in The Ravens, Jim was a filmmaker, writer, poet and artist until he met up with former friend and film student Ray Manzarak.
I have on several occasions seen Jim’s early poetry and pornographic drawings come up for sale. But of course no music related items.
Here’s The Lizard King’s High School Yearbook.
I’ll find them a good home.