A museum in South Dakota has recently found itself in a custody fight, over an acoustic guitar once used by Elvis Presley, and smashed during the singer’s final tour.
The custody battle concerning the Elvis memorabilia is between the museum based in Vermillion, South Dakota and blues Robert A. Johnson (no relation to the 1930s-era blues musician of the same name), who insists the guitar should have not ended up in the museum to begin with. Now a decision by a federal judge is yet to be made, on whether Johnson technically owned the instrument last year, before donating it to the National Museum Museum, along with one of Bob Dylan’s harmonica’s, a guitar made for Johnny Cash, and two other unnamed items.
The museum insisted that Johnson is still the legal owner of the Martin D-35 guitar, which Presley played during his 1977 tour, and broke its strap and string. However, Larry Moss (the second defendant in the lawsuit) claimed that Johnson agreed to sell the guitar before it was donated. Now there are court findings that stated that even if Moss was found to be the owner of the guitar before Johnson had donated it to the museum, the ownership ended once the museum already acquired it. And if Moss feels he was wronged, he should sue Johnson for damages.
In other music news, Fleetwood Mac vocalist Stevie Nicks is set to be releasing a new solo album in coming October. The album is titled 24 Karat Gold, and it follows her 2011 album In Your Dreams. It was produced by Dave Stewart (of Eurhythmics fame), guitarist Waddy Wachtel and Nicks herself. It will comprise of songs written between 1969 and 1987, plus two in 1994 and 1995. The album’s artwork will feature never-before-seen Polaroids taken by Nicks throughout her career, along with a deluxe photobook CD boasting 48 pages of pictures from her private collection, along with two bonus tracks.
Pre-orders for the album begins on August, the same day Nicks will preview the album on her Instagram account. A limited vinyl edition will also be available, beginning September 29th. Nicks is currently on tour with Fleetwood Mac, who is expected to reunite with Christine McVie this fall.