Auto-tune’s position in the cultural zeitgeist was chrystalised in 2008 when Kanye West dropped his synthpop masterpiece 808s & Heartbreak. (Photograph: ShowBizIreland/Getty Images

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Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Photograph: Beth Gwinn/Film Magic

Dolly Parton travelled there from the tiny community of Locust Ridge, Tennessee, at the age of 18. Texan Willie Nelson made his first journey there i(...)

Bono performing in U2’s “iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE” tour, September 2015. Photograph: Paul Bergen/AFP/Getty Images

Late at night, in a fast car on the motorway between Turin and Milan, en route to meet the Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, Bono goes quiet before(...)