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A Ramblin'

The Michigan Daily-Saturday, October 12, 1979-Page 5
Jack of all trades

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T HE CALL OF journalistic duty occasionally comes from
unusual quarters, but the good reporter follows wherever it
leads. Thus it was that Ifound myself last weekend in, of all places,
East Lansing, scouring the dorms for graffiti and cheering on the
brave Wolverine footballers. Unfortunately, the journalist must
accept the bitter with the sweet, and the gridiron heroics of our fine
team barely served to offset the indignities suffered at the hands of
the undisciplined rooters for our sister institution.
My cap was stolen; a friend was struck on the head by a solid
object thrown from above; I was not pushed by either coach, thus
keeping my name out of Sports Illustrated for another week; and
there was no graffiti. That's right,;State students do not visibly
deface their public buildings. One is tempted to characterize this
behavior as proof of a dearth of imagination, although one Spartan'
claimed it resulted from "pride in our campus." I simply don't un-
derstand it, and feel certain that hidden in one of those buildings is
a vast quantity of wall abuse.
The big local story in graffiti this week concerns the past year's
most ubiquitous slogan, "Joe Licks Taint." It was everywhere last
spring, and nobody knew what it meant. Through brilliant in-
vestigative reporting "Joe" of the phrase was finally contacted by
phone; he denied all knowledge of the cryptic fragment, and the
matter lapsed. Then, two weeks ago, stickers bearing the legend
"Joe Licks Taint" began appearing throughout campus. One at Mie
Daily, one at Mason Hall, one on the cube in Regent's - or People's
- Plaza, and so on. It is obviously important to someone that we all
know that "Joe Licks Taint." Now that we do, it is necessary for the
general weal that the meaning of this statement becomes known. I
therefore appeal to you, readers, to send to the Daily any infor-
mation you may have, no matter how inaccurate, that deals with
this puzzling matter. Help us all to sleep better at night.
"And what choice samples do you have for us this weekend,
Roger?" you ask. Well, I'll tell you. This column was originally in-
tendeq to be a review of the Modern Languages Building, and I
went there eagerly last week, notebook in hand, anticipating afine
collection of clever epigrams. The first stairwell I checked was
promising .. ; "Wie heissen Sie? Combien de cours de francais"
writes a bitter 101 student. An intellectual provocatively claims
that "Herman Hess was right" to which some wag has added the
suffix "-handed."
Inspired by these examples I began combing through the
language lab carrels. After a few rounds of "German sucks,"
"Spanish sucks," "You suck" and the like, I found, fitted on one of
the microphones, a condom. Can you believe it? With the Pope
visiting our country? Are we in junior high? The whole business put
me off for days; maybe I'll try writing about the MLB again next
To conclude on a cheerful note, it seems that some bozo at Har-
vard has written a song called "Nuke the Whales" and claims to
have invented the phrase, although in fact he was in diapers when it
originated. His pernicious claim was made public in a letter to the
New York Times, which was in turn brought to my attention by
graffiti watchdog Matthew Stopler of the Department of Near East
Studies. Beyond thanking Mr. Stopler, the Daily legal staff has ad-
vised me to say nothing at this time.

For most of you, the following brief.
review will be as boring as the music it
describes. Let's face it: to the majority
of you, a Ramblin' Jack Elliot concert
is bad enough, let alone a Ramblin'
Jack Elliot review.
Why? Because Elliot's music is low
key - tremendously low key. He per-
forms alone 'with an acoustic guitar,
singing a; diverse variety of folk songs
at a turtle's pace, moving forward with
the direction of the pigeons that swoop
around Burton Tower all day. Hence
the name Ramblin'. Hence his lack of
appeal to the majority of music fans.
Ah, but to the other ! For those, the
ones who manage to slow themselves
down to Elliot's pace, there is a splen-
did evening.
This is why Elliot's performance
Thursday night at the Ark went over so
well. The 100 or so in the audience were
expecting the low key, ramblin' style

which has earmarked Elliot through his
decades as a folk music legend. The
audience was in no hurry, and neither
was Ramblin' Jack. HellLit was raining
and miserably cold outside, and quite
cozy in the Ark - so play on, Maestro.
When you hear the name Ramblin'
Jack, you picture a burly; Jim
Ringerish type that the roaming Stgt-
son-bearing folksinger' image implies.
But Elliot is a short, bespectacled man
with a gentle smile and a stage presen-
ce that is unassuming and unin-
Elliot is referred to as "the foremost
interpreter" of the music of Woody
Guthrie and Cisco Houston. Guthrie is
clearly his mentor; he was alluded to
frequently during the evening. Elliot
performed many Guthrie songs, in-
cluding a memorable "Pretty Boy
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -
Rhodesians are emigrating to South
Africa at the rate of 700 a month, the
department of statistics reported
In 1978, the Rhodesian immigrant
total was 8,650, including 822 engineers,
244 doctors, 271 accountants and 257

Floyd," executing the flat and finger
picking styles synonymous with
One thing about . his flat picking
though; I pity his strings. Being an
aspiring guitar player, my heart bled
for the six innocent strings being, flailed
upon. It is a tribute to his craft that he
managed to keep them intact all night,
although they were grossly out of tune
by the concert's end.
Elliot has the Guthrie-Dylanesque
voice that, while possessing little

range, manages to carry a tune.
Clearly, it is not the vocal clarity that is
emphasized, but the lyrical substance
- which runs rampant with integrity.
For the majority, Ramblin' Jack
gives a colorless, lackluster perfor-
mance (in comparison to the more
"popular" music heard in the Williams
Houses and 6th VanDuren's, the Phi
Delt houses and University Towers).
But to the few die-hards who managed
to slow it down to the pace of a rambler,
there was a lot to appreciate.

Perry Henzel's 1973
The now almost legendary Jimmy Cliff plays a young reggae musician
wanted by the syndicate for his drug operation and for killing a cop during
a drug bust. He tops the record charts at the same time as heading the most
wanted men list, and the irony of this situation makes him a folk hero as
well. Unforgettable Reggae soundtrack, filmed in Jamaica and in 35mm color.
Tues.: Woody Allen's INTERIORS


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Whoa7h! It 's round-up
time, youDaohls


(Roman Polanski, 1967)
A funny and sophisticated film,;FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS has moments
of sheer Gothic horror and, if not for Polanski's tongue-in-cheek, this
would be one of the scariest. films ever made. Polanski not only shades
the film with his usual dark themes, he turns in a fine performance as
the professor's "gofer." Jack MacGowran, Sharon Tate. (98 min)
ANGELL HALL $1.50 7:00& 9:00



Applications'being taken for new members

Eclipse announces
Peterson rescheduling

You see it on virtually every photo
ever taken of Jerry Garcia-that big,
swallowed-a-cat grin you could drive an
18-wheeler through. Why, you may ask,
is this man smiling? It's because of you
(or, some of you anyways). It's because.
of all the god-blessed Dead heads there,
are in this temporal continuum.
The Daily is currently in the process
of trying to ferret out the absolutely,
most twisted, most rabid, most unstop-
pable example of that genus of
organism known as Deadheadae ex-
tremis. That's right-we're looking for
the most fanatic fan of those Marin
County cowboys, the Grateful Dead.
NOW EVERYONE knows that the
Grateful Dead by definition attracts
some pretty wild-eyes fans, fans who
do things like check out an enormous
number of their shows, buy crateloads
of Dead bootlegs, and such. But for our
purposes, that all smacks of, er. the
bush leagues. Ann Arbor is of course one
of the tightest hamlets of Dead-style ac-
tivity extant, and we are searching for
the person who stands head and
shoulders above all others as the Dead
fan with the most frightening gleam in
his or her eyes, the staunchest set of
OF COURSE it ain't easy deciding

MON. thru SAT. 0 AM.11 :0P
Monday-Saturday 1:30-5:00, A
Sundays and Holidays 1:30 to C
Sunday-Thursday Evenings SI

just who is the greatest Deadhead of
them all in this burgh-it will involve
having big record collections and
having seen lots of concerts, of course,
but it will also involve a lot more. We
can't say that we know exactly what
would comprise the ultimate Dead fan;
but we can't help but feel deep-down
that we know that person the moment
we see him or her.
So come-on down, and register for our
Dead contest, pleeze. There is a gift
certificate for a local record store at-
tached to the first-prize certificate;
there is nothing for anyone else. To turn
in your entries, come to 420 Maynard
(right next to the Student Activities
Building), and seek out the Arts desk.
Please bring a listing of your Deadliest
qualifications-explain the wretched
excesses you have attained in order to
sate your lust for the Dead. Deadline
for all entries (as those big-time game-
sters are always saying) is midnight on
October 22.
LONDON (AP)-A 1936 Lancashire
saloon, once owned by King George VI,
was recently sold at an auction for
about $3,600.

The Best Monty Python
To Hit The Screen!

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Fri & Mon 6:30, 8:20, 10:10
Adults $2.50 til 7:00 (or capacity)
Sat & Sun 12:50, 2:40, 4:30, 6:30,
8:20 & 10:10 Adults $1.50 til
1:30 (or capacity)
Midnite Shows Fri & Sat



Eclipse Jazz has announced that
'the Oscar Peterson performance can-
-celled from the Ann Arbor Jazz
Festival's Sunday, September 30, show
has been rescheduled for Sunday,
November 18, at 8:00 p.m. in Hill
*Auditorium. All people who hold ticket
'stubs for the cancelled appearance will
be allowed to exchange their stubs for
tickets to the rescheduled show. The
tickets will be for the same seats.
Peterson told Eclipse he could not
appear at the festival on the afternoon
of his evening performance, because
his -wife had become seriously ill.
November's show by the ageless
Canadian piano wizard will-be his first
in Ann Arbor in two years.
Remaining tickets for the show will
go on sale at the Michigan Union box of-
fice Thursday, November 15.
ECLIPSE HAS also announced their

fall season of jazz concerts.
Ann Arbor regular 'Chick Corea
makes his current appearance
November 7, with vibraphonist Gary
Burton. The pianist -and vibraphonis
have played many duet shows before
including a previous one in Hil
Auditorium three years ago.
The memorex-perfect voice of Ella
Fitzgerald comes to town Sunday,
December 9, also at Hill. Fitzgerald
will be performing with her trio.
Finally, avante-garde revolutionary.
humorist Carla Bley brings her big
band to the stage of Power Auditorium
Saturday, January 12. Bley, a
remarkable keyboardist who also
creates arrangements of great com-
plexity .and wit, has traditionally per-
formed in bands containing many top-
flight improvisers.

What happens when kids grow up
and parents don't.


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