Before they were rock and roll icons. Richard, Saul, William, Bruce and James.

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 Starr.

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.

IMG_8308 IMG_7286IMG_8306 IMG_8305Screen shot 2015-01-27 at 11.39.24 AMAn invitation to a show played by Rory at the Casanova Club in 1961. Ringo was the drummer.

Below a wonderful original photo of Ringo on stage with Rory Storm. Beard and all.

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Screen shot 2015-04-30 at 6.48.57 PMSome early Ringo memorabilia from his Rory Storm days as well as some every early photos of when he first joined The Beatles.

 Slash.

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.

IMG_0567A young Saul Hudson with his first band Tidus Sloan playing at Fairfax High School in 1982. Photo by Marc Canter.

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.

phototidusAxl Rose.

His Junior High School Yearbook, 7th Grade from Sunnyside High School in Lafayette, Indiana, 1976.

William Bailey.

Same wise ass grin in both photos. Like he knows something you don’t know. And guess what, he did.

IMG_1297 IMG_1298IMG_1296IMG_1295Above is Axl’s Eighth Grade yearbook photo. Longer hair. Bigger shit eating grin.

Bruce Springsteen.

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.

picture-191picture-21Jim Morrison.

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.

IMG_1457IMG_1462So if you have any goodies for sale, early Ringo Rory items, Bruce, Slash or others, please contact me.

I’ll find them a good home.

Peace,

Gary Rocks.

 

 

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