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The Michigan Daily-Friday, November 2, 1979-Page 7

He calls himself 'The Prince'

The Charming Prince of Rock and
Roll pulls a single bill from his wallet
and rips it into a dozen pieces in order
to prove a point. "That's what I think of
a dollar," he says, smiling and.
dragging on his cigarette. "I mean,
beer costs a dollar, and it only lasts 20
Lance Long, who calls himself Ann
Arbor's Charming Prince of Rock and
Roll, has released his first single. It
costs twice as much as most locally
produced 45's, if not more. Lance thinks
the extra dollar is worth it: the lyrics
are enclosed, the package comes with a
button, and as for the photograph on the
back cover, well Long has a list of
people waiting to pay ten dollars for its
8x10 blowup.
Handwritten on the flip side of the
lyric sheet is the long list of musicians
who played for this album, and the ban-
ds they're associated with; Guitarist
Wayne Kramer from MC-5, Scott
Asheton, the drummer for Sonic's Ren-
dezvous, and Mojo Boogie Band's bass,
Dough Stoughton are an impressive
amalgam, the Prince thinks, and he's
not afraid to flaunt them.
"EASY, THE single's first side, has
Lance singing what seems his
favorite philosophy:
Believe in yourself.get a new sensation
let it seep in
you'll realize you're part of the master creation
Indeed, the Prince believes. He ex-
pects at least a regional distribution of
his record, and within the next month or
so, for Europeans to be clamoring for
his songs.
Lance is a tall, slim man. He chain-
smokes and wears a "rock and roll
scarf", a present from someone who
thought him the only person wild
enough to wear it. His speech has a
cowboyish drawl to it though he was
born in Ypsilanti and has lived most of
his life in this area. He won't say when
he was born: "The Charming Prince is

The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
Straight out of his Butch Cassidy role, PAUL NEWMAN plays an outlaw with
a flair for vengeance who takes over a West Texas outpost by gunning down
eleven other outlaws singlehandedly, proclaiming himself the "only Law
West of the Pecos." As the years pass, he prospers by having his "deputies"
round up outlaws-practically everyond around-hang them and confiscate
their property. Huston appears as the wild and woolly Grizzly Adams
(complete with bear). With AVA GARDNER and ANTHONY PERKINS. In
color. 1973.



7:00 & 4:15


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Daiy rhoto by DAVID) MARRIS
Oozing his customary charm, Lance Long strikes a pose for the camera. Long, who calls himself the Charming Prince
of Rock and Roll, has a new single on the market utilizing the finest of area musicians. Small problem, though: The disc
costs so much, some outlets won't even carry it. ;

ageless," Long boasts, referring to
himself in the third person, "but he's
around 30, give or take ten years; he's a.
man for all seasons."
When he was 15 or 16, Long first
heard Jimmy Reed. This made him
pick up a guitar. When he heard the
Rolling Stones, he got hooked on rock
and roll. "They made me feel good,"
the Prince says. "They were gutsy,
raw, earthy, sexual.
"I WAS DELIVERING papers then,
and my (paperboy) friend and I would
play together and teach ourselves. One
guy we delivered to had an electric
guitar and sometimes he would teach
us chords. My friend and I would run
home afterwards and practice until we
got them right. Another friend would
beat on boxes and stuff. He wanted to be
a drummer. We called ourselves the
Long's first tune was "Juicy
Pleasure," which he wrote in 1972. Sin-
ce then he's written 25 songs, he's
"sung in nearly every bar in the Ann
Arbor area," and gone through 20
guitar players. Last year he decided it
was time for him to make something of
his musical experience, so he produced
"easy" and "Young Company."
The Prince would eventually like to
have his own band, six or eight solid

single recordings, and an album within
two or three years. "I want to prove
myself as an artist, a businessman, and
a publisher. I want to make people tap
their feet and bob their heads-same as
Jimmy Reed and the Stones did for me.
That would make me feel good."
His greatest moment? "I came home
from a session with Shaun Murphy (the
backup voalist for Bob Seeger) doing
backups for "Dancin' the Night Away. I
was alone and listened to the tracks. It
was so beautiful it made me cry and
laugh and smile all at the same time."
cin' " as his "kicker." Many people ad-
vised him to use this song for his
opening single, but he's decided to save
it for his next release, expected
sometime next May.
He writes songs in the same manner
he named himself: "I jumped out of bed
one morning and the idea came to me.

A girl I was dating had said I was
charming, and then a friend I'd done a
turn for said I was a prince. I put the
two together and said, 'hey, that's me,
The Charming Prince.' " Now Mr.
Long, who "used to be tagged the
'Grand Dude,' " is trying to live up to
his name. He has his own publishing
company (Juicy Pleasure), and he's
promoting his single everywhere and
anyhow. I
In an interview, the Prince said he
had lowered his record's price. But,
nearly two weeks after his statement, the
single still costs $2.49, but that's still
twice as much as most 45's.
"We don't carry it anymore," said an
employee at Discount Records. "he was
asking too much money for it.
"He came in and gave us such a
hassle," remembers a salesperson at
Schoolkids Records, "we figured it was
the best way to get rid of him."

The Ann Arbor Film Cooperst e Presents at MLB: $1.50
Friday, November 2
7 ONLY MLB 3-Experience a vital element of cinema's earliest period
through the fascinating and artisically brilliant exploits of the great pioneer
animators Emil Cohl, Windsor McKay, George Herriman, Walt Disney (his
laugh-o-grams), Pat Sullivan, Otto Messmer, Paul Terry and Bud Fisher.
Accompanied by live piano, these fourteen, excellent silent-era films include
KrazymKat, Mutt & Jeff, Gertie the Dinosaur and Felix the Cat, among others.
You'll be surprised at the originality of these early works, entertained by
their wry humor and educated by the fascinating techniques that make ani-
motion the art that it is. Besides, with titles such as Professor Bonehead Is
Shipwrecked, He Made Me Love Him and Surelocked Holmes, who can go
8:40 only MLB 3-Betty Boop, Popeye and Superman are well repre-
sented in this entertaining show of Fleisher's genius. Red Hot Mama, Popeye
Meets Sinbad the Sailor, and The Mummy Strikes are but three of the nine
titles that make up this ninety-minute fest. All will delight with their subtle'
wit and flawless animation. Fleisher's studios, utilizing advanced techniques
such as a circular version of Disney's multi-plane camera, were partially
responsible for generating the great amount of artistic respect that cartoon 4
animation has since begun to acquire. The films shown tonight were made
between 1933 and 1942.'
10:20 only MLB 3-one of the most exciting and riginal filmmakers
today, Pitt has evolved a bright, painterly, cut-out animation style. It
provides ample room for both romantically surreal reveries and adult
franknesscombined with wry humor. Titles include Jefferson Circus Songs
and Asparagus..
Tomorrow: Woody Allen's ANNIE HALL
and Mel Brooks' THE PRODUCERS at MLS83
Moshe Mizrahi's MADAME ROSA at MLB4




R. C. again hosts

will hold an information meeting
for Undergraduates
on MONDAY, NOV. 5-4:10 p.m.
at 2016 Frieze
We will answer questions about the
for a B.A. in Communication.
*New & Transfer Students are required to take the
B.A. in Communication if they wish to be in this field
of study.
*Continuing students may continue to concentrate in
Journalism, Radio-TV or Communication Studies or
they may switch to the new degree.

The Writers-in-Residence Program
at the Residential College (RC) of The
University of Michigan has received a
grant from The National Endowment
for The Arts to bring writers to Ann Ar-
bor. This is the second censecutive year
the RC has received such a grant.
In addition to meeting with U of M
students and visiting classes, each
writer will give a reading free to the
general public followed by a reception
at which the public can meet and greet
the writer in, an informal setting. Each
writer will be a guest as a Hopwood Tea
and will spend a day in a Washtenaw
County high school.
Arbor will be Arturo Vivante, who will
be in residence from November 26
throng November 30. Vivante is a noted
short story writer and novalist who has
published more than 75 stories in The
New Yorker since the mid-1950's. His
two most recent collections of stories
are Run to the Waterfall (Scribner's,
1979) and English Stories (Street Fic-
tion Press, 1975). Vivante's reading will
take place on Tuesday, November 27.at
8:00 p.m. in Benzinger Library, East
Quad. A reception for the author will
follow. He will be the guest at the Hop-
wood Tea on Thursday, November 29,
at 3:30 p.m. in The Hopwood Room
The University of Michigan
Alumni Association
in cooperation with
The School of Music
present /
in Joint Concert With The
ffiosonsin 8ingers
NOV. 2, 1979 8:00 p.m.

(1006 Angell Hall).
Other writers who will be in residence
at the RC this year include Lawrence
Yep (a novelist for young adults invited
as part of the U of M's celebration of
The Year of the Child), Faye
Kicknosway (a poet from the Detroit
area) and a playwright to be named at
a later date.
This is the eighth year that the
Writers-in-residence Program has been
in existence at the Residential College.


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