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business. Writing songs of social con-
cerns and hard-won good times, they
have won a new audience, younger and
- occasionally - more aware.
But there really is little to this
"progressive country" that doesn't
immediately catch one's attention.
"It's fun music. There's always a funny
story," says WRCN disc jockey Deb
Lev, who adds that she thinks
"Opreyland" country music is "sappy"
when compared with the likes of Willie
A MOTHER who has raised her son,
or daughter, so well as to prepare them
for the intellectual life in Ann Arbor
may be surprised when her offspring's
tastes devolve to this simplistic country
sound, but that simplicity seems to be
the key to the music's appeal.
Thomas says, "You don't really have
to think" to enjoy the pedal-steel and
sometimes discordant ballads of the
outlaw musicians. "I think a lot of
people can identify with that."
Last year Jennings and Nelson com-
Ained to produce an album, Waylon
ind Willie which went - platinum-a
rarity in country music. But the album
is generally considered a poor example
of their talents, and a blatant attempt to
cash in on their current popularity.
"They duped the public with that
album," says Thomas. "Waylon and
Willie are laughing all the way to the
bank. It's a joke and they know it."
Indeed, Jennings has since released a
track entitled, "Don't you think this
outlaw thing has gone too far."
But in their own right, the performers
are still respected, and adored, by some
in Ann Arbor and many more in the
South. The Texas sound is definitely
challenging the more marketed types of
music in this town in a way traditional
Nashville country probably never will.
"Conway Twitt," says Thomas, "still
has no chance in Ann Arbor."
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By OWEN GLEIBERMAN community-most notably John'ny Rot- orchestra, conducted by George witnessed the r
It was like a Satanic vision of 1964, a ten, who claimed that "those scumbags Martin, for any numbers that included the very natur
frightening exhibition of the should just blow away"-the enthusi- strings or winds, and assorted revealed in
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frenzy, had become a seething mass of The show would be held af Madison "While My Guitar Gently Weeps;" crowd had se
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these people had no love left in their packaging, broadcast over every radio "I Am the Walrus" and the chicken poking puppy-
hearts, no compassion for either and television network, and carried by squawk segue between "Good Morning, silver-tinged rm
themselves or for others. Or perhaps telstar to 278 nations around the globe. Good Morning" and the "Sergeant George was de
John Lennon had simply been wrong. Giant closed-circuit television systems Pepper" repruse. Ravi Shankar would and'a simple pi
Perhaps love wasn't all that one were set up in major sports arenas. be on hand, although under contractual shirtsleeves. P
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unanswered question. The problem of THE' BEATLES themselves associated with the Broadway shoW striking of the
commercial exploitation had been granted surprisingly few interviews, Beatlemania would be barred from the and styled in
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infantsin Cambodia and Pakistan; and meself, 'Fook, lad, what'er you doin' assembled. Few intoxicants or exposed a t-s
frivolous reunion paraphernalia-t- with yer life? You always told yerself hallucinogens were circulating, and chowchilla ski
shirts, glass onion paperweights, this could never work, but Christ, what just before the show there was a Martin arrow
"Rubber Soul" Condoms-were not to 'arm could it do?' So I call Paul on the paucity of firecrackers, frisbees, and heasubsequent
be produced. The potential stumbling phone, tell 'im the idea, and he says, 'I "We Love You, Beatles!" signs. that "it gives m
blocks had been eliminated in one can't speak for the oothers, of course, Everyone seemed to understand that WHEN THI
glorious act of universal goodwill. Who, but you dan count me in.' Sometimes, such paraphernalia was rendered transcendent n
then, in their wildest dreams, could man, you joost feel the time's right for unnecessary by the grandeur of the crowd listene
have envisioned what was to be? somethin', y'know? We always said the event. At 8:00, when the announcer which all had
THE CYNICS, of course, had spoken Beatles would get together when they boomed out a "Welcome one and all!" to hear: the in
out early on. Jann Wenner sweepingly joost felt like it. Well, we feel like it, an ecstatic cheer arose from the crowd Paul, George,
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Stone cover story: "If only we truly Cavett." seemed a meager token of respect, so many year
could return, and again partake in the The date was set for May 1, 1979, but however, next to the response when his mike and s
triumphant movement that was ours tickets went on sale in March and many John, Paul, George, and Ringo like to start in
and ours alone. But haven't we in our travelled from all over the world for lumbered on stage. Strangers hugged time's sake,"
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inspired-is not only the ultimate in Princess Caroline, Idi Amin, Abbie Everyone in the audience was _ gusto, and Rir
personal self-delusion, but a harbinger Hoffman, Leonid Brezhnev, Ann B. screaming at the top of their lungs, as side to side
of the most dramatic fall of all." And Davis,- and Jean-Paul Sartre all in the old days of Beatlemania, only charm.
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