Cities and Sound

Joey Ramone

Black leather jackets, jeans and white T-shirts became the Ramones’ signature look and virtually the only type of clothing they wore onstage.


Cliff Burton was Metallica’s second bassist. Burton’s melodic, counter-intuitive bass playing helped define the band’s thrash-metal sound.


Oversized eyeglass frames and Adidas sneakers were transformed into ubiquitous hip-hop fashion statements by Run-D.M.C.

Flying Burrito Brothers

Pete Kleinow of the Flying Burrito Brothers stage suit from 1968. It was designed by Nudie’s Rodeo Tailors and a collection of Anita Kleinow.

Legends of Rock

Beatles Exhibit Space

An early performance agreement from when they called themselves “the Silver Beatles,” the Asher Family Piano, John’s Rickenbacker from the Ed Sullivan Show, and the settlement agreement that dissolved the band. Figured that was a good group of artifacts that represents the entire span of the Beatles’ existence and demonstrates how exhaustive our collection is.

David Bowie Moonlight Tour Suit

David Bowie wore this suit on his Serious Moonlight tour. The tour was in support of his album Let’s Dance, which reached Number One in the U.S., the U.K. and various other countries. The tour kicked off in Brussels in May 1983 and ended in Hong Kong in December 1983.

Robby Krieger Sitar

Prior to joining the Doors, Robby Krieger studied flamenco guitar and the sarod and sitar, two Indian classical instruments. Krieger used this sitar on the Doors’ recording of “The Unknown Soldier.”

Rolling Stones Road Case

For nearly 30 years Royden “Chuch” Magee was a key member of the Rolling Stones’ staff. Magee began working with Ronnie Wood in 1971, while the guitarist was the Faces. In addition to being Wood’s right-hand man, Magee engineered Wood’s 1974 solo album, I’ve Got My Own Album to Do, and the seminal Stones “It’s Only Rock and Roll.”

Get a look at some of the special items we have on display, handpicked by our team

Supremes Dresses

First seen on the NBC-TV special GIT on Broadway in November 1969, these dresses were also worn on the back cover of the Supremes and Four Tops album The Return of the Magnificent Seven.

Michael Jackson Glove

Michael Jackson wore this glove during performances of “Billie Jean” on his Dangerous Tour.

Don't forget to see this

View in the Legends of Rock Exhibit
Slash wore this trademark top hat on various tours throughout the 1980s and 1990s. In 2007 Slash told the Huffington Post that he shoplifted his first top hat in 1985 when he was looking for a special look for a show. Slash says he saw the hat at a store called Retail Slut, grabbed it and a belt and his signature look was complete

Woodstock at 50

Jimi Hendrix Guitar Strap

Guitar strap used by Jimi Hendrix at 1969 Newport Pop Festival and Woodstock. Red/black/white embroidered floral pattern. Leather tabs at both ends w/ silver metal adjusters

Jimi Hendrix Woodstock 1969

Jimi Hendrix played the final set at Woodstock and his performance was epic. Hendrix was scheduled to go on at midnight on Saturday night but because of the chaotic nature of the festival, he didn’t play until 9:00 am on Monday.

Aretha Franklin Dress

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Aretha Franklin wore this dress during an appearance at Radio City Music Hall.

Level 5 & 6

Kurt Cobain Guitar

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana demolished this guitar at the climax of a performance in Inglewood, California during the 1993 tour in support of In Utero. He destroyed the bridge pickup by using his technician’s Makita drill, allegedly to impress Eddie Van Halen, who was in attendance.

Don Felder Guitar

Don Felder of the Eagles used this white double neck guitar for both the six-string and twelve-string parts of “Hotel California” in live performances. He played the twelve-string neck with a capo (a bar clipped between frets to raise the pitch of the open strings) on the seventh fret for the intro and verses and the six-string neck for choruses and guitar solos.