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New collection of music memorabilia coming to Hard Rock

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Published:   |   Updated: May 10, 2013 at 09:07 PM

Kurt Cobain’s eighth-grade yearbook, Elvis’ karate gi and John Lennon’s iconic round glasses are some of the music-world treasures you’ll soon be able to see at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa.

The hotel announced Friday that a new, traveling exhibit titled “Treasures of the Hard Rock” will be on display there June 14-22.

The exhibit will feature two smaller collections, pulled from Hard Rock International’s more than 77,000-piece main collection.

“Gone Too Soon” will pay tribute to musicians who died tragically young, and will include items such as an outfit worn by Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes during TLC’s “CrazySexyCool” tour, and the 12-string guitar Bob Marley used to record “Is This Love.”

The other collection, titled “Music Gives Back – Rock ‘N’ Roll Philanthropy” will focus on artists who have worked with the Hard Rock on charitable campaigns. It will include a sequined “Uncle Sam” outfit worn by Elton John and a purple silk shirt worn by Jimi Hendrix, among other items.

“We have spent nearly two years scouring our 77,000-piece collection to pull together this exclusive music memorabilia showcase that will wow our guests,” Hard Rock historian and tour curator Jeff Nolan said in a statement. “Fans won’t want to miss this rare glimpse into entertainment history and opportunity to get close to some of the most iconic personal items from music’s renowned performers.”

The exhibit will be free and open to the public.

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