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Mark VI (serial no. 146268)

Henri Selmer French
Clarence Clemons

Not on view

The saxophone was one of the main solo instruments of rock and roll in the early 1950s. Clarence Clemons, whose searing saxophone tone matched the intensity of the distorted electric guitar, helped bring the instrument back to the forefront of the genre in his work with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Clemons used this Selmer Mark VI to record many of his classic solos, such as those in “Jungleland” and “Thunder Road” in 1975.

Technical Description:
Brass and metal body, cork and felt, mother-of-pearl key touches

Mark VI (serial no. 146268), Henri Selmer (Paris), Brass, metal, cork, felt, mother-of-pearl

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Courtesy of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame