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PARENTS PIN HOPES ON VOLUNTARY RECORD LABELS

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Parent groups leery of rock song lyrics about sex and violence are pinning their hopes on a new music industry labeling plan and are asking state lawmakers to end their drives to require warning stickers.

"We are asking state lawmakers to give the voluntary system a chance to work," Tipper Gore, president of the Parents' Music Resource Center, said Thursday at a news conference."We can accommodate the rights of artists to express themselves freely with the rights of parents, of consumers, to know, for example, if the music their kids want to buy says suicide is a good idea," Gore said.

Six major record companies - Warner Brothers, MCA, CBS, Capitol-EMI, RCA and Polygram - said last week that they plan to create an industry-wide standard for warning labels.