Over 10,000 pieces of rare Rolling Stones memorabilia and vinyl items, including a 1977 promotional display designed by Andy Warhol, have been acquired by Rockaway Records.
During the 60th anniversary of the Rolling Stones, Los Angeles mainstay Rockaway Records has acquired an extensive collection of Stones vinyl and memorabilia with over 10,000 items, including rare LPs and 45s, vintage t-shirts, dozens of concert posters, promotional items, and more.
Notable highlights include a copy of “Beast of Burden,” the second rarest Rolling Stones picture sleeve 45, and a 1977 promotional hanging display designed by Andy Warhol. The collection comes from the estate of a longtime fan, collector, and famous skateboarder, Brad “Squeak” Blanck, a well-known and beloved figure in the Rolling Stones community.
Already creating buzz, the collection has attracted buyers like Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson (pictured), who purchased a rare set of 1978 U.K. promo posters for “Some Girls,” among other rarities.
“We have bought many amazing collections over the past 45 years, but this is definitely the most exciting one in a long time!” says Wayne Johnson, co-founder of Rockaway Records. “Some of the highlights are a 1967 ‘Satanic Majesties’ lenticular that is different from the one on the album cover, 1970s t-shirts that look like new, and a 1977 promotional display for ‘Love You Live’ that was designed by Andy Warhol.”
While many independent record stores in Los Angeles have long since shut their doors, Rockaway Records continues to thrive, having shifted focus to high-end vinyl and collectibles. Co-founders and brothers Wayne and Gary Johnson began aggressively acquiring extensive record industry and personal collections of vinyl, posters, autographs, and other similar rarities.
Expert appraisers of music memorabilia, the Brothers Johnson have traveled the world buying and selling some of the most highly sought-after music collectibles. Rockaway Records continues to be a premiere destination for collectors seeking unique, hard-to-find music memorabilia from their favorite artists, having seen tremendous success with their Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Beatles, and 1970s punk collections.