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The southern city of Memphis, Tennessee is paying homage to its most famous former citizen with the Elvis Presley Memorial Week, until 16 August - 18 years to the day after the star was found dead on his bathroom floor

The kids are all right - Dad just phoned home on his mobile

Thirty years ago, the Rolling Stones were the bad boys of rock'n'roll. Marry your daughter to a Beatle, by all means, but lock her up when the Stones are in town. Mums and dads would have been happy to pay to keep Mick and the boys at bay. Today, the Stones' audience, despite the leers, sneers and self-conscious four-letter words, are nearly all parents themselves: drug-free, vegetarian, kind to animals, in on time.

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Nick Price, the Open champion, is battling to shake off a hip injury less than three weeks before he is due to defend his title.

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The tragedy is that talented people aren't more often good people as well - there seems to be an inverse relationship between the two virtues. The obstacles of power, fame or plain sex, drugs and rock'n'roll provide challenge enough for an artist to hold onto even a thread of moral fibre.

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Ben Thompson meets Isaac Hayes, the great Stax singer/songwriter

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You've heard of the Philly sound, the sound of Nashville ... Pop is inextricably linked with the city. Yes, even British cities. Nick Coleman presents a guide to the music of urban Britain

Censors lag in slow lane of the superhighway

Saul Bellow writes in Herzog that there are people in New York so hungry for human contact that they will phone the police station at three in the morning and beg to be arrested.

BOOK REVIEW / Cousin Aubrey's secret lives: In the Tennessee Country - Peter Taylor: Chatto & Windus, pounds 14.99: D J Taylor on an absorbing tale from Tennessee

UNLIKE their British counterparts, who are often considered parochial, American regional novelists are regularly acclaimed for using tiny locales to illuminate grand truths. Peter Taylor, whose imagination has, in the course of a long literary career, scarcely left the boundaries of a single US state, offers a fine example of this tendency. In The Tennessee Country - an expanded version of the story 'Cousin Aubrey' which appeared in his last collection, The Oracle At Stoneleigh Court - is the quintessence of his oblique, discriminating and increasingly fabulous vision of the Southern American past.

BOOK REVIEW / Stealthily crafted seduction from the South: 'In the Tennessee Country' - Peter Taylor: Chatto, 14.99

THE college friend of this book's narrator, Nathan Longfort, is one Robin Maury. One day after class, he compliments the 'all but illiterate' art history lecturer, who 'was allegedly a painter himself': ' 'I like the picture, sir. I think it has quite meretricious detail]' '

A rock 'n' royal wedding: Call it a publicity stunt, or even the hoax, but the marriage of Lisa Marie Presley to Michael Jackson is loaded with cultural resonance, linking two of the century's most potent icons

MOST people would have settled for a set of commemorative postage stamps, a porcelain music box that plays 'Blue Suede Shoes', or a replica gold disc. Richer obsessives could battle it out in the auction rooms for his rhinestone stage suit, his pink Cadillac, or the guitar he used to record 'That's All Right Mama' in 1954.

Baseball: Swinging Jordan in search of a minor miracle: Great names, new games: Two of the world's finest sportsmen face fresh challenges. Rupert Cornwell reports from Birmingham, Alabama, on a basketball legend struggling for his first home run

IT IS 7.30pm and the game has been in progress for 20 minutes. Cars are still backed up on the road leading to the Hoover Met stadium, their headlights a twinkling stream in the gathering Southern night. On a silky summer evening, minor league baseball is a sensual experience, a journey to the very soul of America's national sport.

Obituary: Lloyd Lindroth

Lloyd Lindroth, harpist, died Nashville, Tennessee 9 June, aged 63. 'The Liberace of the harp'.

Grave undertaking: group that buried Elvis wants to take over UK firm

THE FUNERAL firm that buried rock 'n' roll king Elvis Presley and several US presidents has become embroiled in a traditional British takeover battle, writes David Hellier.

Travel / Departures: Nashville debut

THE FIRST transatlantic flight to Nashville took off from Gatwick yesterday. American Airlines has begun daily services to the Tennessee state capital. Lowest fare if booked direct is pounds 477 return, but Trailfinders' price (071-937 5400) is pounds 315.
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