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"Send Lawyers, Guns & Money...The Pursuit of Rock-N-Roll Memorabilia in America" chronicles the true stories of Stephen "Elvis" Shutts, known as "The Indiana Jones of Memorabilia". For twenty-five years, Stephen has pursued long lost Americana treasure of the music kind....authentic stage clothing, instruments, autographs, personal items, automobiles and awards of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Jimi Hendrix and Michael Jackson to name a few.
Living in Nashville afforded Stephen the capability to be amidst the hotbed of all things musical history treasures, acquiring from dumpsters, disgruntled music row executives and groupies to the stars. The journeys and acquisitions strung together unbelievable true tales of colossal finds, claims of ownership by corporate empires, lawsuits, death threats and even a bomb scare...all in the name of rock-n-roll.
Knowledge of music history, a resemblance to Elvis and a knack for not taking no as an answer thrust Stephen into the limelight touring with major recording artists Brooks & Dunn, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney and ZZ Top to name a few. Years of touring with hillbilly rock-star company threw Stephen into the realms of the classic exploits of sex, drugs and rock-n-roll. The fantasy lifestyles of those he idolized and collected from afar had become fellow partners in his tabloid lifestyle inclusive of his own reality TV Series.
From the inner circles of the Elvis empire to Johnny Cash, "The Man in Black" himself and for every recording artist in between, Stephen eventually appraised, bought, sold and brokered 25 million dollars in authentic memorabilia worldwide requiring the assistance of lawyers, guns and money along the way.
-Being "Elvis" in the 90's Boom of Nashville, Tennessee
-Wheeling and dealing in authentic Elvis and Country Music memorabilia
-Highly publicized auction in Memphis for the 20th Anniversary of Elvis's death goes bust
-Colossal artifact finds and discoveries that rewrote music history
-Stephen sells Elvis's home in Memphis for a world record / international sale
-Stephen buys Elvis's favorite roller coaster saving it from the wrecking ball creating national news
-Hank Williams long lost, notebook find at a yard sale creates a monumental lawsuit and death threats
-On tour with Brooks & Dunn and drugs, sex & rock-n-roll
-Hollywood comes knocking with a reality TV show about the life and times of Stephen "Elvis" Shutts
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Stephen "Elvis" Shutts has for twenty-five years been authenticating, appraising buying, selling and brokering Elvis, Country Music and Rock-N-Roll memorabilia in America. He has appraised formally for the Country Music Hall of Fame, several celebrity estates including the Hank Snow estate, the Marty Robbins estate and the Jimmie Rodgers estate. His client base regarding exhibiting, consulting, buying, selling and brokering includes but is not limited to VH-1, Mike Curb and The Curb Foundation, Dick Clark and American Bandstand, The Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame, Alabama Grill Restaurants, Spalding Entertainment, Brooks & Dunn, Rascal Flatts, The CMA, Hollywood Casino & More. Stephen and his memorabilia exploits have been seen on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Inside Edition, Entertainment Tonight, in USA Today, TIME, Life and numerous other media outlets. Finally Stephen and his business, Rockology were seen on CMT with his own reality TV series titled "Raiders of Rock". Stephen M. Shutts Music Historian Proprietor: Rockology and the Rock-N-Roll Pitstop Stephen Shutts is an Ohio native who spent his childhood collecting baseball cards like most kids growing up in the '70s. He listened to Buffalo Springfield, the Jackson 5, the Monkees and eventually Elvis. He saw Elvis in concert four times with his father, and little did he know Elvis would prove a life-long influence on his life and business. Shutts has been buying, selling, appraising and brokering music memorabilia for two decades. He marketed Elvis' 1956 Audubon Dr. home in Memphis to a world-record sale, purchased and sold the famous Zippin Pippin roller coaster (Elvis' favorite) and rediscovered a long lost country music "holy grail" -- Hank Williams' handwritten notebook. He has also appraised, brokered, purchased and bought and sold thousands of Elvis, rock 'n' roll and country music artifacts for two shops -- Rock-N-Roll Pitstop and Rockology -- in addition to private collectors, entities such as the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, estates of Marty Robbins, Keith Whitley, Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Snow, just to name a few.
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