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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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'The Band :

Rockin'

a Southern exposure

By ANN L. MATTES
Last summer I spent some
time in Lone Mountain Tenn.
Located 11/ hours from the
nearest inkling of a city, the
town offered a second rate
drive-in and Frosty Freeze as
regular entertainment. The only
other pleasure I discovered was
a $12 radio.,
Since the mountain blocked
all radio signals except for the
local farm station, I soon de-
veloped an avid interest in the
country s o u n d. Broadcasting
from 8-5 the station usually
offered about six hours of re-
corded -music, and the rest of
the time was devoted to music±
originated in the local churches.
During this time I learned.
the importance of country music
in the South. Multiply this ex-
perience by about three hun-
dred, and you may have some
idea of what it means to The
Band.
From the moment the group
approached the mikes, it was
love at first sound for the audi-
ence. Seldom did more than

several chords begin a new song
before members of the audience
started clapping in recognition.
At times people were so excited
to hear a favorite that they
seemed incapable of calming
down to enjoy it.
Southern singers seldom par-
ticipate emotiOnally in their
songs, although the great ma-
jority of the lyrics are heart
rendering. Likewise, the mem-
bers of The Band offer no dra-
matic performances as they
work through their music. But
every once in ai while, they do
get carried away by their
rhythm, especially pianist Rich-
ard Manuel and drummer Levon
Helm.
That they do not capitalize
on showmanship does not mean
their music leaves something to
be desired. They have been
working togetherfor ten years.
and craftsmanship shows.
Garth Hudson, whom a Time
reyleweri recently called the
nost brilliant organist in the
rock world," adds a meshwork
of improvisation stemming from
Bach, Angelican hymns and
funeral music. His lengthy open-
ing of "Chest Fever" drew an
occasional whoop from the audi-
ence. His agility was so unbe-
lievable that at moments his

music sounded more like a tape
running backwards.
"Robbie" Robertson, guitarist
and composer of most of the
group's songs and lyrics, paired
up with bass player Rick Danko
to give their music strong melo-
dic structure. Among them, the
group plays 15 different instru-
ments.
Although four of the five
members grew up, in various
parts of Ontario, they first en-
countered each other in the
South. In 1965 Dylan asked
them to join him as he began a
country-wide tour. This was at
the time he made his infamous
switch from folk music to folk
rock.
Since then The Band has
been inextricably linked with
Dylan. This is unfortunate be-
cause as a group they deserve
to stand on their own ten legs.
While the Great Wonder had
definite influences in promot-
ing their popularity and chang-
ing their lyrics from the senti-
mental to the seemingly absurd,
their music reflects other tra-
ditions as well. Namely, that of
the King Elvis Presley. Almost
irk memory of the hip-swinging
r h y t h m, peals of agitated
screams rippled the air. By the.
time The Band worked through
the highlights of the Big Pink
album and were nearly finished

The brother
binds himself to
form community
For information about
these Brothers, write to:
Brother Robert Fillmore, C.S.C.
Notre Dome, Indiana 46556
SPECIAL SHOWING!
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Starring Ronald Rpagan
And-DESI ARNAZ AND HIS BAND
Returning by popular demand
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-Daily-Dave Schindel
with their second album, the it seems strange that none of <---
rest of the audience surrender- the group offered any dialogue
ed to the vibrations. during the course of the per-
A dull rumble of clapping and formance. In fact, they seemed
thumping began to shake the to shy away from the mikes
building, and Zig Zag cigarette between songs and change their
papers were passed around free- instruments with a nervous
ly. And when The Band closed shuffle. But no one seemedto
with "Up On Cripple Creek," leave disappointed or lacking
the audience lifted up with a any definite ideas that The
standing ovation. Band is something less than
Looking back on the concert, they expected.

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