Today is Johnny Cash's birthday. Instead of the traditional moment of silence/blaring of "Boy Named Sue", honor the legend in a more respectful manner -- by picking over his former possessions like a vulture, at the Symbolic Collection.
Just off the Strip (and available online), Symbolic's a comprehensive gallery of rock artifacts that includes the world's largest cache of Johnny Cash memorabilia -- from his man-in-black stage coat, to his Hohner Marine Band harmonica, to his Diner's Club card, with which Johnny once purchased a chopped steak. The non-Cash offerings are just as staggering, notably instruments like Elvis' White Knabe piano (with bench!), Keith Richards' 1959 Les Paul (used on Ed Sullivan), and Hendrix' Zemaitis 12-String Acoustic (played on "Hear My Train A Coming", though clearly he didn't). The Collectibles section holds the most surprises: who doesn't want the Beach Boys' articles of incorporation, a sad-clown oil portrait painted by Sinatra himself, and a mid-80s Madonna day-planner -- "1pm: Pick up cone bra from dry cleaners/2pm: have sex with anyone"
Symbolic also sells non-musical swag, like a 1620s gold skull-clock that indicates time by opening its jaw and shooting snakes out its eyeballs, and a White House telephone used by the Nixon Administration -- which you should buy immediately, because while you might be a vulture, you are not a crook.