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Hemispheres Magazine, May 1, 2006

Buy Now, Rock Later
Choice items for sale online from Wolfgang's Vault;
Jimi Hendrix: poster, flying eyeball, at the Fillmore, February 1968, $10,578
Grateful Dead: poster, Tour of the Great Pacific Northwest, February 1968, $7,475
Woodstock: poster, August 1969, $4,525
The Doors: handbill, at Pasadena Civic Auditorium, June 1967, $1,886
Marilyn Manson: straightjacket, one of five given to band members at a show at Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, January 1997, $866

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The Beatles: pennant reading, "We Luv You Beatles," 1964, $866
Van Halen: poster, on tour with Black Sabbath, October 1978, $478
Led Zeppelin: necktie, January 1969, $85 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: ticket, July 1974, $83
Bob Marley: button, Party at Pinecrest, June 1978, $54

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Talkin' 'Bout My Generation

Money can't buy you love, but it can buy you some fantastic rock artifacts.

where fans eager to take a trip down memory lane can buy memorabilia including vintage T-shirts, concert photos, original tickets and backstage passes, handbills, postcards, programs, and posters. The Vault ( is stocked with artifacts associated with rock icons from the '60s to today, including Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, and U2. The collection, acquired for $5 million in 2002 by Minneapolis businessman Bill Sagan, features photos ($1,200 - $5,000) by longtime music-industry lens-man Jim Marshall as well as the complete archives of rock impresario Bill Graham. Rarities include a Cream poster from 1967 ($8,860), a Grateful Dead handbill from 1966, just after the band changed its name from The Warlocks ($2,651), and a poster from 1966 for Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention (as a dance band?) on the same bill at the Fillmore with, perhaps not so oddly, Lenny Bruce ($3,328). The Vault also has one of the most extensive The Vault is named for promoter Bill Graham, an immigrant to the U.S. who was born Wolfgang Grajonca in Berlin in 1931 collections of rock recordings, featuring more than 5,000 live audio and video performances from 1966 to 1999 by acts such as The Who, Nirvana, and The Doors. Sagan says he's negotiating to sell the recordings on disk or as downloads. So crank up "Sunshine of Your Love" on the iPod, browse the more than 15,000 items, and rock on, man. - Bobbie Dempsey

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