The top Christmas songs help make the holidays one of the most wonderful times of year to be a fan of classic rock. We're sure you're all aware that radio stations and retail outlets start overplaying the traditional songs of the season weeks before Thanksgiving. Thankful
Karen 'Gilly' Laney
Jimi Hendrix’ 1969 vehicle registration clearly states, “If you no longer own this vehicle destroy this card.” Thankfully, someone failed to follow through with that instruction giving collectors an opportunity to bid on a vehicle registration originally addressed to the guitarist. This official government document baring Hendrix’ (typed) name sold for $2250.00 on eBay.
Iron Maiden’s mascot Eddie can shame the Grinch, the Scrooge and every bad Santa on the planet when it comes to having scary character. This vintage 1980 Christmas card depicts Eddie with a blood stained guitar and portrays Santa Claus slain at his feet. The 4x6 artwork certainly bares more jeer than cheer but when it comes to rock memorabilia this seasonal item holds it value. This copy here, sold for $837.50 on eBay.
Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott is a devoted Mott the Hoople fan and has long carried the torch for the British icons and their fearless frontman Ian Hunter. Elliott, who’s been referred to as the band's “cultural ambassador,” formed a tribute band with the Quireboys in early 2009 called the Down ‘n’ Outz to play a one-time gig opening for Mott the Hoople at one of their five reunion concerts in England.
In 1977 the average price of an AC/DC ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’ tour book purchased at an U.K. concert was about five dollars. Fast forward 35 years and that same tour book, now autographed multiple times, could cost a collector up to $5,000 based on the status of this recent eBay sale.
Collectors seeking David Bowie vinyl are quick to take notice when rare copies of his 1971 ‘Hunky Dory’ album appear on the market. The trained eye searches for the limited pressing (500 copies) hoping to score what is widely known as the BowPromo; an extremely rare album promoting selections from ‘Hunky Dory.’ No training could have prepared collectors for this unique, preview copy that recently surfaced and sold for over $10 thousand on eBay.
Marc Bolan of T.Rex would’ve turned 65 years old today (Sept. 30) had he not perished in a car crash back in 1977, and according to Gloria Jones - his girlfriend and the mother of his child, “He’d still be doing music, films, and videos.” Jones has made it her mission to keep Bolan’s memory alive and she’s partnered with The Light Of Love Foundation and Marc's son Rolan Bolan to start the Marc Bolan School Of Music & Film in Sierra Leone, West Africa.