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It's been 13 years since a then fresh-faced and slim Steve Earle cut his epic debut album Guitar Town. The years in between have had their ups and downs - the excellent Copperhead Road album alongside a jail term and drug addiction - and it was only last year that he returned to form with El Corazon. He also recently collaborated with Seattle punksters the Supersuckers and his last project was The Mountain, a bluegrass album recorded with the Del McCoury Band, esteemed veterans of that genre. These shows find them playing together with a solo acoustic intermission from Earle during which he'll perform "Guitar Town" and other favourites. Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 (0171-960 4242) Thur; Warwick Arts Centre (01203 424524) Fri

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Elvis in contact after 39 years

KAREN GOLZ, a 50-year-old woman living in the German town of Oberhausen, has just received a letter from Elvis. No, it is not another of those weird sightings or messages from the twilight zone. The letter is genuine. It has merely been delayed for 39 years.

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THEY MIGHT not be selling as many records as in the days of Different Class, but the live reputation of Pulp (right) remains intact. In Jarvis Cocker they have the most charismatic figure of Britrock and their set is peppered with singalong anthems, none more so than "Common People". Accompanying them on this tour around the nation's arenas are maverick Californian doomsters Eels, and Island Records' quirky punkers, Tiger.

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WHEN FRANK Sinatra died, several obituaries named him, with some justification, the Voice of America. Willie Nelson - happily still with us and still performing - is something else, not so much the Voice of America as a road map of America.

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For some, hitting 30 marks the end of youth and is not a happy time. For Lisa-Marie Presley, who hits 30 this Sunday, the sting is taken out of her ageing by the fact that she will finally inherit pounds 125m from her father's estate.

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Another body of opinion on the King

Today I am proud to bring you an exclusive interview with a leading expert on the late Elvis Presley, Jerry Bonaventura. Jerry is over here from his naive America to publicise his new book, Elvis Presley - The Posthumous Years.

Letter: The men who launched Elvis

Sir: The 20th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley has received considerable media attention. I hope that the 20th anniversary of the death of Maria Callas, on 16 September, will be appropriately observed.

Diehards gather for the Haj of the church of Elvis

Never mind that Geoff Cowley from Bradford lost his job as an international lorry driver just two months ago. He and his wife, Varna Marie, have had this trip booked for two years and nothing was going to stop them taking it. Mississippi, Memphis, Hawaii, Los Angeles and back to Yorkshire in just over three weeks.

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The 20th anniversary of Elvis's death finds Americans worshipping him as they would a deity, while in Britain his fans are planning a night with Alvin Stardust.

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The King may be dead, but his name can live forever

The right of a British citizen to name his son, his dog or his goldfish "Elvis" was enshrined in a High Court judgment yesterday when an East End fan of the late singer won a historic victory over the powerful Presley estate. Sid Shaw, proprietor of Elvisly Yours, in Shoreditch High Street, was last night wiggling his pelvis in celebration of a judge's decision to allow him to use the Elvis name to sell memorabilia.

Elvis lives, in the court room

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