Pittsburgh's Pop Palace
See what treasures can be found at Johnny Angel’s Ginchy Stuff and Music Experience Museum.
photo by ohad cadji
Johnny Angel, the longtime local icon of old-school rock and roll, has spent decades gathering stuff.
A lot of that stuff is priceless music memorabilia, with artifacts tracing the history of rock and pop in Pittsburgh and mementos from the likes of James Brown, Chuck Berry and many more legends — alongside a collection of just plain cool items, from records and CDs to toys and knick-knacks.
These treasures can be found at Johnny Angel’s Ginchy Stuff and Music Experience Museum (jaginchystuff.com), the singer’s new home base in Chateau — and much of it is for sale.
Guests can stock up on vintage items, bits of pop-culture ephemera, autographed merchandise and much more; pass through a beaded curtain and you’ll find a journey through the city’s musical past, with a special section dedicated to the late, influential DJ Porky Chedwick.
Want the story behind the stuff? No problem — the counter is usually manned by Angel himself.